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August 14, 2014

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass may not be possessed from March 1-May 24. During those dates all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the Wildlife Code.

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass good; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
the lake is 2' low and clear; largemouth bass good in the early morning and late afternoon; bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, but best on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, but best on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow, but best on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on crappie jigs and minnows; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish fair on worms, hot dogs, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and buzzbaits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, but best on minnows; black bass slow, but best on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish slow, but best on cut baits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on livers and live baits; crappie good on minnows after dark and early morning; black bass fair on topwater lures at night or plastic worms; white bass fair on light-colored jigs.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad and live baits; crappie fair on minnows at night and early morning; black bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures at night; white bass fair on dark-colored plastics and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater baits; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
the Lamine River is 2' high; blue catfish good on setlines using shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
blue catfish fair on cut carp and skipjack; flathead catfish fair on live bluegill; channel catfish good on hotdogs and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, but best on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, but best on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow, but best on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
full pool; black bass fair using plastic worms or jig and pig near brush piles and weedbeds early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on chicken livers and cut baits 3' under a float over deep water; crappie slow using tube jigs and minnows near deep water brush piles; bluegill fair on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair in reservoir and good in tributaries; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bass fair on jigs, spoons and sassy shad; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on live baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
all other species slow; light pressure.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp and bluegill; flathead catfish fair on nightcrawlers and bluegill; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and stinkbaits; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; crappie fair using jigs; bluegill fair using earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair during evening and early morning hours on nightcrawlers, gold fish, shrimp and chicken livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
lake level 606'; crappie fair on jigs with Crappie Nibbles in 20' water near brush piles and bridge piers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
crappie good in deeper water near brush piles on minnows; hybrid striped bass good on trolling crankbaits; no report on all other species due to light fishing pressure.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Black Bass: Fair
channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
80 degrees, normal pool and clear; black bass fair during low-light hours or at night on topwater lures or shad imitating crankbaits; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Common Carp: Good
78 degrees, full pool; channel catfish good on commercial baits and livers; largemouth bass and hybrid stripped bass good deep in the brush piles with Rattle Traps and crankbaits that imitate shad working the best; carp in the 2 - 5 pound range good using doughbaits mixed with powder cherry jello; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
80 degrees, low and clear; black bass good; crappie fair over deeper structure; bluegill fair; walleye fair; channel catfish good.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
78 degrees, near full pool and dingy; channel catfish good at inflow sites where fish concentrate after it rains; carp good using rod and reel or bow; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
82 degrees, 2" high and muddy; catfish good; crappie good around brush piles; black bass slow; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
no report submitted
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Fair
78 degrees, high and muddy; flathead catfish good on worms and live baits; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish good on cut baits and worms; carp fair on worms and corn; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits and live baits; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on live baits and plastic baits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and crayfish imitations.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair using livers after dark; largemouth bass fair using dark-colored plastics during low-light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
crappie slow, but best in 1' - 3' depths on minnows and jigs; bluegill and redear sunfish slow, but best in 1' - 3' depths on jigs, crickets and worms; largemouth bass slow, but best in 1' - 3' depths on minnows, jigs and plastic worms; channel catfish slow, but best in 2' - 8' depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on buzzbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair using soft plastic baits and crankbaits early and late; channel catfish fair using worms and live baits on trotlines and jug lines at night; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass good on minnows; goggle-eye fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
16.6 and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits, all other species slow
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on trotlines using small sunfish; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on pole and line using crickets and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and trolling crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
water has been running most afternoons due to power needs; trout good in upper portion of the lake on marabou jigs, Rapala-type stickbaits, Rooster Tails, and glo balls on spinning gear, flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods and Rooster Tails, or jig and float on spinning gear working well when not running water; trout good in lower portion of the lake on Power Baits, corn, nightcrawlers or minnows.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass good on plastic baits in 5' - 10' of water early in the morning; fish in 15' - 35' of water around points off mouths of coves near stumps and drop-offs; channel catfish slow on trotlines and pole and line using crayfish or worms in 10' - 15' of water; walleye slow, but best while drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13' of water; crappie slow, but best on minnows or jigs around standing timber or submerged logs in 8' - 20' of water.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass fair on large worms around brush piles in 20' of water; catfish fair on livers over flats in 20' of water; walleye fair on artificial worms in 20' - 25' of water; crappie slow, but best on minnows in 10' - 20' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on nightcrawlers in 30' - 35' of water around timber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastic crayfish over ledge of rock banks; keep boat at least 40 yards from bank and cast towards shore; allow bait to be pulled along the bottom over the ledges; large purple-colored soft plastic worms also working well; use a circle hook tipped with a large minnow to catch feeding bass in 18' of water; use deep diving crankbaits around timber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
black bass good on Spooks in top water and on jointed Rapalas and Carolina rigs with soft plastics in shallow water; crappie good on jigs and minnows around trees; goggle-eye good in spinnerbaits and worms around rock structures; catfish good on minnows, cut baits and worms in open channels of warm water.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
rainbow trout and brown trout good on bright-colored Power Baits and dark-colored flies; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other species good.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow, but best using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass fair using plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow using cut baits, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; call the "Fish Stocking Hotline" (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
catfish fair using livers, worms and cut baits; black bass fair using plastic worms and crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow, but best using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass fair using plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow, but best using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass fair using plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
all species of catfish good on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
all species of catfish good on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: tan caddis, black or olive zebra midge, crane fly, red, salmon or gold brassie, gray deere or john deere, white glo balls; Zone 3 baits that are popular are: salmon peach or yellow sparkle Power Baits, Gulp florescent minnow grub and hatchery brown gulp nuggets; weed cutting is scheduled for August 19th and 20th; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has low flow and is very clear; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; doughbaits in white and brown fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; fish are biting rubber leg jigs and trout worms in green/white, black/yellow and orange/white; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Ladies' Free Fishing Day is September 13th, 2014; call 573-265-7801 for more details.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is low and running clear; the river level is currently 1.44' at the lower end of the park, which is down slightly from last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 8/12/14)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is this Saturday; the river is below average for this time of year; the water is clear; Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers and caddis flies are all working well; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are being caught on nymphs, pheasant tails, copper johns, black, brown and gray zebra midges, sow bugs, burlaps, hares ears and small prince nymphs; glo balls, San Juan worms, black, brown, olive and tan buggers and leeches work well most of the day; fish are being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms; orange, orange/white, cheese, white and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in black, brown, white, olive and skunk; the water is great for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white and tan; Micro Jigs in tan, olive and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 8/13/14)

Fish Management Notice

Trout Stocking

The Conservation Department stocks trout in each of the trout parks every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. From March 1 to Oct. 31, the parks will collectively sell more than 400,000 tags and stock more than 900,000 fish. These fish will average about 12 inches long over the season, but some variation occurs. Dozens of lunkers weighing upwards of 3 pounds are stocked each year. A few tip the scales at more than 10 pounds.


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