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April 23, 2015

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black 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: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
water level is normal and dingy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
0.5' low and clear; crappie 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: 4/22/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass fair on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass fair on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows and black and chartreuse colored crappie jigs; black bass slow, best on crankbaits; white bass fair on Rooster Tails; catfish fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish slow, best on cut shad; crappie is good, best on dark-colored jigs; black bass fair, best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; white bass fair, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair, best on cut shad; crappie good on dark jigs and minnows; black bass fair, best on crankbaits; white bass slow, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on jigs and plastics; channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
river is 2' high and muddy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
high and muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, best on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow, 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 Ozark streams until May 24.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; light fishing pressure.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
lakes are full; black bass fair; channel catfish fair; crappie good on tube jigs near brush piles; bluegill good; rainbow trout slow, best using Power Baits; brown trout fair using minnows and artificial lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs; crappie fair on jigs and minnows: catfish fair on cut baits; all other species fair; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on spinnerbaits; white bass fair using jigs and minnows; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; catfish fair on cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
water level is steady and muddy; blue catfish fair using a variety of cut baits; channel catfish slow with some success on shad sides and worms in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass good using spinnerbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish good using nightcrawlers; crappie slow, best using marabou jigs; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Long Branch Lake

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-785-2420

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Fair
56-59 degrees in the main channel and 60-64 degrees in the upper arms of the lake; lake level is slightly up from last week at 606.90'; crappie fair on minnows and black/chartreuse jigs with a minnow tip, mostly being caught on the banks with the sun shining; largemouth bass fair and being caught off the points and on the banks in the arms of the lake; white bass good in the rivers and are being caught on small, soft-plastic minnows and small crankbaits; catfish are fair on goldfish, sunfish, and shad; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-785-2420

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on worms; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-248-2530

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
channel catfish good on liver, worms, or cut baits; black bass good on jerkbaits; walleye slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
crappie good on small spinnerbaits and tube jigs with the largest fish in the 12" - 14" range and an average of 7" - 8"; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
all species good.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on spinnerbaits; crappie good on jigs and worms: catfish good on worms and cut bait.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
White Bass: Good
crappie good; black bass good; catfish good; walleye slow; white bass good.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
channel catfish fair on fresh cut baits and worms; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits; common carp fair on worms; freshwater drum fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish and common carp good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on jigs or minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; black bass fair on a variety of artificial baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass good on jigs or minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; black bass fair on a variety of artificial baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits; channel catfish slow, best on live baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits; channel catfish slow, best on live baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on crankbaits or jigs while trolling; white bass fair on spinnerbaits; largemouth bass slow on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Chain Pickerel: Slow
Warmouth: Fair
water level is at 346.4; Bluegill and warmouth sunfish fair on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinners; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill fair on jigs, crickets, and worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/20/15)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/20/15)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on wax worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/20/15)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
lake level 358.96'; black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; catfish fair using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; 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: 4/22/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
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: 4/22/15)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; white bass fair on jigs and assorted lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

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
river level is 22.2' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/20/15)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
33' at New Madrid; catfish fair on worms and cut baits; anglers running trotlines having good luck with high water levels; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/20/15)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
channel catfish slow, best on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken liver; crappie slow, best on pole and line with minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Good
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Good
white bass good on live minnows, purple/blue/smoke colored swimming minnows, white sliders, blue bucktail jigs, and white or black 1/80 oz jigs in the mornings and evenings; walleye good on Rogues, jigs, and live baits below Powersite Dam and in the Beaver Creek area; crappie good on live minnows, soft plastics, and jigs around stickups and submerged timber, some being caught closer to the banks also; black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion on white/chrome and blue/chrome Rouges, 1/4 and 1/8 oz olive/white/black marabou jigs and Rooster Tails; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Power Baits nuggets, corn, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Muskellunge: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good on jigs in 10' - 12' of water; black bass good on plastic baits in 6' - 8' of water; walleye good off main points on chartreuse jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
crappie good on black tube jigs or minnows in rock/gravel banks or pea gravel banks of coves; white bass good on swimming minnows; walleye slow at the dam on jigs with nightcrawlers; black bass slow but can be found on main points of lake on jerkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
black bass good on Ned rigs; catfish good on cut baits; crappie fair on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on small blue crankbaits, white or chartreuse Vibric Rooster Tails while trolling the main channel or cast into gravel points; crappie good on small minnows around stick-ups or small jigs around submerged brush piles; walleye fair on large creek chub minnows or 3" - 4" crankbaits; black bass fair on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits with a gold spinner, also try a Wiggle Wart when fishing against rock ledges; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Paddlefish: Good
paddlefish good and are starting to move up river; crappie good on jigs and minnows near the bank; catfish good on worms; black bass fair on soft plastic Texas rig; bluegill fair on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
trout good below Bennett Spring on bright colored power baits; goggle-eye good on nightcrawlers and minnows; black bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

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: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on doughbaits and livers; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill slow, best on worms.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on doughbaits; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits and livers; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair, best on cut baits, blood baits, and worms; bluegill fair, best on worms; black bass slow, best on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie slow, best on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish slow, best on cut baits, blood baits, and livers; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; rainbow trout fair on flies.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on worms; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; 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.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
catfish slow, best on cut baits.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits; drum fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: gingersnap marabou, black & white marabou, pink and white marabou, light roe or white glo balls, and turquoise crackle backs; Zone 3 baits that are popular: pink Power Baits, and florescent orange or pink worms; fishing hours for April are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; weed cutting is scheduled for April 21-22; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; Kids Free Fishing Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 4/19/15)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is the water is clear; fish are hitting on trout worms in red, red/white, and orange/white rigged below a small split shot; green/white rubber leg jigs fished above riffles are producing good fish; floating doughbaits in yellow, white, and salmon peach colors fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Kids free fishing day is Saturday May 16th.
(Reported on: 4/22/15)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is normal and running clear; the river is currently at 1.85' at the lower end of the park; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black, yellow, olive 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; April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 4/21/15)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is May 16th; the river is close to normal for this time of year and has really cleared up over the last week; 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; jig fisherman are really doing well right now, the water is becoming better for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are 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: 4/21/15)

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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