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May 21, 2015

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. 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: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
water level is high and dingy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
0.5' high and muddy; channel catfish fair; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; 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: 5/18/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Slow
crappie good on minnows; black bass good on dark plastic worms; catfish good using worms; white bass slow, best on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good, best on cut shad; crappie good on minnows; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass fair on dark plastics.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad; crappie good on minnows and dark-colored jigs; black bass fair, best on spinnerbaits; white bass fair, best on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on plastics; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 5/18/15)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
the river is at flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/18/15)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
water level is high and muddy; blue catfish fair on cut shad on setlines; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers using pole and line method; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/18/15)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, best on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass fair, best on light-colored soft plastics, crappie jigs, and Rooster Tails; catfish fair on worms and cut shad; please remember that black bass season is closed on most streams south of the Missouri River until May 23.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on spoons; catfish fair on cut baits and live baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
lakes are full; black bass fair; channel catfish good in creek channels running into lakes using worms; crappie slow with some success using tube jigs near brush piles; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair in the reservoir, slow in the tributaries using white or chartreuse spinnerbaits; crappie slow, best using jigs and minnows; catfish fair using live baits and cut baits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair using spinnerbaits, crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish fair using live baits and cut baits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on live and cut baits; white bass and hybrids fair on rooster tails and spoons; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
white bass and hybrids good on jigs and spoons; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish good on cut baits and shad; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
water level is fluctuating and muddy with large debris in the flow; fishing for all species is slow with the inconsistent water and debris; it is difficult to keep lines clear.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures; crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; bluegill good on nightcrawlers and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish good using earthworms; channel catfish and blue catfish good using chicken livers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
crappie good on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
68-71 degrees in the lower end of the lake; 71-72 degrees in the upper arms; the lake area has had some significant rain storms in the past week which made the water dingy; lake level is 607.69'; largemouth bass are fair and are on beds, being caught on soft plastic; white bass are fair on crankbaits and jerk baits; catfish are good using bluegill, goldfish, and cut baits; crappie slow, best on minnows than jigs at a depth around 8' - 10'; water has risen which caused the carp to move into the grass on the banks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
crappie good on minnows and jigs chartreuse in color; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; white bass fair on rattle type baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
flathead catfish good on live baits; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
crappie good; black bass good; catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good near road tubes and anywhere that water drains into the lake, natural baits are producing the best results; all other species slow due to changing lake conditions.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
crappie good; black bass good; channel catfish good; bluegill and walleye good.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
crappie good on jigs; catfish good on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers; bass good on spinnerbaits and worms.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species are slow to fair due to water conditions.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: : Good
river is currently at or above flood stage; fishing will be too difficult until water levels recede; once they return to normal, fishing for all species should be good.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and common carp fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on worms and live baits; blue catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair on plastic baits.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Sunfish: Good
black bass, goggle-eye, and sunfish good on nightcrawlers and soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
all species good with soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
White Bass: Slow
crappie good on crankbaits and jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill and catfish good on live worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
redear and bluegill good on worms and crickets; largemouth bass good on dark-colored soft plastic baits during low light periods; channel catfish fair on liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
crappie good on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on crickets; bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
water level is 346.5'; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill, redear sunfish, and crappie fair on crickets, worms, and minnows; largemouth bass fair on artificial worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Good
crappie fair on minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
bluegill fair on wax worms and crickets; black bass fair on spinning lures; catfish good on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
lake level at 365.59' and slowly rising; black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; catfish good using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night near rocky areas; 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: 5/19/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
12.7' (New Madrid, slow rise); catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bluegill and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on soft plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits; crappie fair on live minnows, soft plastics, and marabou jigs.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion on Rouges, 1/8 and 1/4 oz olive/white/black marabou jigs and Rooster Tails when generators are running, try scuds and San Juan worms when water is not running; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Power Baits nuggets, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good on minnows and white tube jigs in 12' - 20' of water; black bass good on plastic baits, spinnerbaits, and brown tube jigs around structure in 5' - 20' of water; walleye good off points on jig and worm or jig and minnow while bottom bouncing; catfish good on trotlines with live shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good on jigs and minnows in 10' - 15' of water; white bass good on Road Runners while trolling the flats; walleye good on jigs or nightcrawlers in 20' - 25' of water on main lake points; black bass good on jerkbaits or jigs in coves; catfish good on trotlines or limb lines.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass good on Ned rig and spoons; bluegill good on worms; catfish good on goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
black bass good, smallmouth are being caught on jigs with peanut butter and jelly colored finesse worms, fish gravel banks in 5' - 15' of water; crappie fair on small plastic jigs, try white, red, and black or chartreuse colored jigs or live small minnows also working well, fish submerged brush piles or stick-ups in 3' - 20' of water; white bass fair while trolling flats with shiny-colored, deep-diving crankbaits; walleye fair on large minnows, spinnerbaits, and Rattle Trap type crankbaits, fish in 15' - 25' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on Texas rig in all colors; goggle-eye good on jigs and minnows near the bank; catfish good on worms and minnows; bluegill good on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout good below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass good on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

St. Louis

Lakes

August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 636-441-4554

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on doughbaits and livers; black bass fair on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on doughbaits and livers; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie fair, best on minnows; bluegill good, best on worms; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on cut baits and liver; black bass slow on crankbaits; crappie fair, best on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on crickets.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow on cut baits, doughbaits, and worms; bluegill slow, best on worms; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie slow, best on minnows.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Rainbow Trout: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow, best on worms; black bass slow, best on crankbaits; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill slow, best on worms; in most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass may not be possessed in most streams south of the Missouri River from March 1 - May 22; 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.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Shovelnose Sturgeon: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish are fair on cut baits, flathead catfish fair on live bluegill and sunfish; freshwater drum and shovelnose sturgeon fair on worms.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
all catfish fair, best on cut baits; freshwater drum fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/20/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: ginger marabou, black & olive marabou, black caddis, easter egg, gator, and tri-color glo balls, john deere, white Rooster Tails with silver blade, and turquoise or holographic blue Cracklebacks; Zone 3 baits that are popular: chunky cheese or salmon peach Power Baits, orange minnow grub; fishing hours for May are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Fishing hours for June are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weed cutting is scheduled for June 23 and 24th; 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: 5/20/15)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is the water is a dingy greenish-brown color due to recent rains; fish are hitting on dough bait in white and brown colors when fished under a float; use floating salmon peach trout bait about 2' off the bottom; trout worms in yellow and orange/white rigged 18" below a small split shot are doing well; fish black and yellow marabou jigs, tinsel and rubber leg jigs after the buzzer for quick catch and release action then switch to dough bait as the fishing slows down; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is down slightly from last week and is currently at 2.1' at the lower end of the park; clarity is running slightly dingy to clear; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits with white, brown and yellow scented dough baits working well in the bait zones; dry flies seem to work well in the early mornings and late evenings; most flies including Rooster Tails and jigs in gold, black, yellow, olive and other dark colors are working well; some colors work better at different times of the day with the best fishing in the mornings and evenings; May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is up for this time of year; the water is slightly dingy right now; Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers and caddis flies are all good; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are still 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 still being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms are still catching lots of fish, orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinners are still working in the early mornings black, brown, white, olive and skunk have all been working well; the water is okay for sight fishing; jig fisherman are really doing well right now, catching trout on olive, black, brown, white and tan; if you are using Micro Jigs, tan, olive and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 5/19/15)

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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