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August 11, 2016

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 of Missouri", or website at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zkz.

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: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair at night; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
channel catfish fair using prepared bait; bluegill fair using nightcrawlers; all other species slow; reminder, 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: 8/10/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, and cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut shad, cut bluegill, worms, and livers; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using dark-colored soft plastics or buzzbaits; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, spoons, Rooster Tails or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut bait; crappie slow using minnows; black bass slow using soft plastic worms; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad or bluegill; crappie fair using dark colored jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits or worms; white bass fair using crankbaits or worms.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad or bluegill; crappie good using minnows; black bass fair using crank bait or dark plastics; white bass fair using crank bait or dark plastics.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Bluegill: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
bluegill fair on worms; crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish fair on worms; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other species slow; reminder that Little Dixie Lake is pole and line method only; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
flathead catfish have been fair on live bait from Harriman Hill Access upstream to Roberts Bluff Access; channel catfish have been good from Imhoff Bridge downstream to DeBourgmont Access on a variety of baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and livers; blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, and cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
Redear Sunfish: Good 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Slow 
largemouth bass fair on soft plastics near cover early and late in the day; channel catfish good on cut baits and chicken liver floated under a bobber 2' - 3' deep; crappie slow, try using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms and small jigs.
(Reported on: 8/8/16)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Slow 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
bass and crappie slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Black Bass: Good 
White Bass: Good 
catfish good in the flats using fresh cut shad; crappie good in the tree rows and flats using minnows; bass good early in the day using spoons and crankbaits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Fair 
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
all species bass fair; crappie fair; catfish good on fresh cut baits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Good 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Good 
blue catfish good on cut baits off the tips of dikes and on flats; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits; channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits along mud banks and on flats; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Bluegill: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Catfish: Good 
bluegill fair on worms and minnows; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on crankbaits, Power Baits minnows, and rubber worms; catfish good on stinkbaits and blood baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
Redear Sunfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
largemouth bass doing fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs; bluegill and redear sunfish doing well on 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: 8/9/16)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
channel catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits, shrimp, and worms; largemouth bass fair on lures; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; hybrid striped bass fair on lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
water level is at 615.11. temperatures are at 76-80 degrees depending on where you are; the water level is falling; expect to see muddy/murky waters in the arms near the river inlets; the water is a little dingy in the main channel towards the dam; crappie are fair but seeing a lot of small fish; catfish are fair on shad; all other species slow. 
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
water condition cloudy due to recent rain; hybrid striped bass very good on trolling methods and diving plugs; catfish good on night crawlers; crappie good in deeper water brush piles and along Highway T rocks; largemouth bass slow. 
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Freshwater Drum: Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. 
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
catfish good on worms, cut baits, and live baits; all other species reported slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Good 
Walleye: Fair 
black bass good; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
black bass fair; crappie fair over medium depth brush; catfish good on cut baits or worms.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
crappie slow, try using jigs around structures and brush piles; bass slow; catfish good on worms, livers, and doughbaits.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Good 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
white bass good at the dam using Rattle Traps and crankbaits, fishing in the shad groups; catfish good using dip baits for channel catfish and bluegills for flathead catfish; crappie fair on brush piles using jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
blue catfish fair; channel catfish fair; flathead catfish fair; all other species good.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Good 
Blue Catfish: Good 
Common Carp: Good 
channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish good on live baits and cut baits, fair on worms; blue catfish good on live baits and cut baits, fair on worms; carp good on doughbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Walleye: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures; walleye fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
black bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and small crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair 
black bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live bait both early and late in the day. 
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair 
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on topwater jigs and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
rainbow trout good on minnows and corn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
black bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and small crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
all species good on live bait.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
smallmouth bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits; goggle-eye good on soft plastics and grubs.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair 
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Sunfish: Slow 
crappie fair in the early morning and late evening on jigs; channel catfish fair on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics during low light periods; channel catfish fair on liver and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/8/16)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, liver, and worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/8/16)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Bluegill: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Warmouth: Fair 
Redear Sunfish: Fair 
largemouth bass good on topwater lures; bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth fair on crickets; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures in early morning and late evening; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/8/16)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
largemouth bass good on topwater lures and jigs; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Good 
Channel Catfish: Good 
bluegill good on crickets and worms near brush in coves; channel catfish good on live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; black bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow; lake level is approximately .6' above summer pool elevation; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie; 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: 8/9/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
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: 8/8/16)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Suckers: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
black bass fair on soft plastic worms; all other species slow; discharge rate 604cfs.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow 
Longear Sunfish: Slow 
Catfish: Slow 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
smallmouth bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/8/16)

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 
Black Bass: Slow 
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
channel catfish good on stinkbaits and livers; blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp and skipjack; flathead catfish fair on live goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Suckers: Slow 
channel catfish fair on live bait; black bass fair on minnows and crankbaits; other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Flathead Catfish: Good 
Black Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
flathead catfish good on goldfish; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Walleye: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics, jigs, and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers using split shot rig or bottom bouncing, and while trolling crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Lake Taneycomo

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 417-895-6880

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
black bass fair on plastic baits; crappie fair on minnows in 20' of water over structure; catfish fair on live baits; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Walleye: Good 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
White Bass: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
largemouth bass good on plastic worms and nightcrawlers in 10' - 20' of water or on deep diving crankbaits near submerged structure, fair on spinnerbaits at night; walleye good on spoons, spinnerbaits, and nightcrawlers along the bottom in 15' - 30' of water and on deep diving crankbaits; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and minnows; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers, crankbaits, and spoons; white bass good on deep diving crankbaits and spoons; bluegill good on nightcrawlers, crickets, and topwater lures; flathead catfish fair on live baits; smallmouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits in 10' - 20' of water off rocky points; carp fair while bowfishing in coves; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 15' - 30' of water near deep submerged structure; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
Catfish: Good 
bluegill good on live baits; black bass good on flicker shad in the early morning; catfish good on crickets and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Spotted Bass: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
catfish good on shrimp and small perch; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, blood baits, and cut baits; spotted bass and largemouth bass fair on 12" purple worms rigged Carolina or Texas style in 20' of water; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Catfish: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
goggle-eye good on worms, crickets, and small jigs in black or crayfish colors; catfish good on live baits, cut baits, livers, shrimp, and worms using pole and line or trotlines; bluegill good on worms, crickets, and small jigs in black or crayfish colors; black bass slow, try using crankbaits in crayfish or green pumpkin colors around gravel and points or Texas rig in deep water; crappie slow, try using minnows or shad baits over deep brush piles.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Fair 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
trout fair below Bennett Spring on Power Baits; black bass slow, try using soft plastic baits and live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
catfish fair on doughbaits, blood baits, or livers.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

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


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
catfish fair using bloodbaits, doughbaits, or livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
catfish fair on cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Freshwater Drum: Fair 
blue catfish fair using cut baits; freshwater drum fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
blue catfish fair, try using cut baits.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: black and olive, brown and olive, salmon and brown, red and white, and ginger marabou, Bennett blue cracklebacks, Copper Hot Shot, red or gold brassies, black and white rooster tails, John deere or bedspread mini jig; Zone 3 popular baits: bubble gum, hatchery brown, or salmon peach Power Baits, tan Power Bait worms; August fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; August weed cutting is scheduled for August 30-31; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500; trout cam - https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
fishing is good; the spring branch has normal flow and the water is clear; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle but fish can be caught throughout the day if you change locations when fishing slows down; fish are biting very light so use a small float, very light line is key to success, 2-4 lb. test is preferred; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; Rooster Tails in black/white, green, brown, and purple; plastic worms in orange, yellow, white, and red have all been proving good; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of August are 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Ladies Free Fishing Day is Saturday, September 10th.
(Reported on: 8/10/16)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
water level is unchanged from last week at 1.52' and is running clear; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; any color doughbaits, white, black, yellow and orange plastic worms good choices in the bait zones; Cracklebacks, leeches, and wooly boogers in black or olive green, and zebra midges are good choices in the fly-only zone; gold tinsel jigs and Rooster Tails in black and yellow, black and white, and all white are good choices in all zones; the morning and evening hours are the best times to fish, but fish can be caught throughout the day; August fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Kid’s Fishing Day is August 20th; we received over two inches of rain this week and the spring is up slightly but the water is still clear; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, zebra midges #18's and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14's and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel were good all last week and unless we get a water change these colors should remain good; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, you will need 2 or 3 lb. line, p-line, Maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 8/9/16)

Trout Stocking

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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