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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.

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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good; channel catfish fair; bluegill fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
the lake is 1.5' low and clear; largemouth bass fair; bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on crappie jigs and minnows; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow on worms, hot dogs, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and buzz baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows; black bass slow on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on liver; crappie good on minnows and dark colored jigs after dark; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and top water lures at night; white bass fair on jerkbaits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad and liver; crappie fair on minnows at night; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures at night; white bass fair on dark colored plastics and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater baits; channel catfish good on turkey and chicken liver; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
the Lamine River is 2' high and muddy; blue catfish and channel catfish good near the mouth of The Blackwater River, and downstream from the DeBourgmont Access, the best action has been over night on set lines using cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish fair on liver; flathead catfish good on live sunfish near cut banks; blue catfish good on cut carp down stream of dykes; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
full pool; black bass good using plastic worms near brush piles and weedbeds early and late in the day; channel catfish good on worms and cut baits along weedbed edges; crappie fair using tube jigs and minnows near deep water brush piles; bluegill good on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on cut baits and fresh cut shad; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
catfish good on cut baits and fresh cut shad; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
water level is fluctuating; water clarity is muddy with debris in the flow making it difficult to keep lines clean; fishing is good; blue catfish good on cut Asian carp and bluegill; flathead catfish good on bluegill and goldfish; channel catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; good numbers of all three species are being caught in and around tributaries; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and stinkbaits; crappie good on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
redear sunfish good using earthworms; channel catfish fair using chicken liver; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
crappie good on jigs and minnows near cover; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, leeches, liver and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
lake level 609.5; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; white bass fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; largemouth bass fair on lures; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: : Fair : Fair : Good
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
79 degrees, high and muddy; black bass good on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and crankbaits during low-light hours or at night; channel catfish good on cut baits or liver; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
82 degrees, clearing water conditions; largemouth bass good using crankbaits during low-light conditions on the outer edges of submerged cover or using weedless soft plastics directly in the cover; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
80 degrees, normal pool level and clear; channel catfish, crappie. and black bass are good; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
79 degrees, high and murky; channel catfish are congregating at inflow water area of lake and are biting good on chicken livers and worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
82 degrees, high and muddy; catfish good on natural baits; crappie good over the brush piles; black bass good; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water level falling and muddy; flathead catfish fair; channel catfish and blue catfish good; all other species good.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Fair
76 degrees, high and murky; flathead catfish good on cut baits and live baits, fair on worms; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; blue catfish good on cut baits; carp fair on worms and doughbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on topwater lures; flathead catfish and channel catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on topwater lures; flathead catfish and channel catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
black bass and goggle-eye good on live baits and fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
goggle-eye and smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; channel catfish fair on worms and blood baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

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 corn and minnows; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics and Beetle Spins in crayfish colors.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
goggle-eye and smallmouth bass good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on liver; largemouth bass fair using dark colored soft plastics and topwater lures during low light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms, crickets and stinkbaits in 2' - 8' of water; bluegill and redear sunfish slow using jigs, worms and crickets in 1' - 3' of water; crappie slow using minnows and jigs in 1' - 3' of water; largemouth bass slow using minnows, jigs, and plastic worms in 1' - 3' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish fair on crickets; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on worms and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on liver; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill fair on crickets; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on artificial baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish fair using worms and live baits on trotlines and jug lines at night near rocky areas; bluegill fair using crickets and worms; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
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: 7/15/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Sunfish: Good
black bass and sunfish good on minnows and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
the river is 34.3' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worm and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
river is 30.4' and holding; channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on large minnows and night crawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on trotlines using goldfish and small sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on jigs, soft plastics, nightcrawlers and topwater baits early in the morning; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers using split shot rig or bottom bouncing, and trolling crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
water has been running most afternoons due to power needs; trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, olive, and black marabou jigs, Rapala-type stickbaits, and orange glo balls on spinning gear, flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods and black/chrome and white/chrome Rooster Tails on spinning gear working well when not running water; trout good in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, pink and white Power Baits, corn, nightcrawlers or minnows.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on plastic baits in 12' deep flats around stumps and drop-offs; walleye good while trolling crankbaits or drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13' of water; crappie good on minnows and jigs around standing timber or submerged logs in 8' - 10' of water; catfish good on jug lines, trotlines, and pole and line using live baits or cut baits in 10' - 15' of water; bluegill good on worms in 8' of water in back of coves and submerged cover.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Slow
black bass fair on topwater jigs in the early morning; catfish fair on liver and worms while fishing from banks off coves and points; crappie slow, best on minnows in 20' - 25' of water; walleye slow, best on artificial worms in about 30' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
bluegill good on worms; black bass fair on football jigs off main points and mixed gravel points with steep drops; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on secondary and main lake points, best on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms or 5/8 oz. jigs in watermelon colors, Shakey Head soft plastic worms in watermelon colors, shad colored, deep diving crankbaits or large purple colored soft plastic worms used after sunset, and soft plastic crayfish in natural colors also working well in 18' of water; catfish fair on stinkbaits, chicken liver, nightcrawlers or cut shad; channel catfish and flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with small sunfish; bluegill fair on small jigs, crickets, mealworms or nightcrawlers, best around docks, bridge piers or stick-ups in at least 20' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic swimbaits; walleye fair on minnows and swimbaits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
rainbow trout and brown trout fair on bright colored Power Baits and dark colored flies; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass slow on spinnerbaits; all other species fair on worms.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair using cut baits, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; call the "Fish Stocking Hotline" (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair : Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on blood baits, livers and natural baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Slow
catfish good on cut bait and worms; black bass fair on topwater lures; bluegill slow on natural baits; all other species fair on natural baits.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: blue, sulphur, or gold Cracklebacks; salmon, orange, or tequila sunrise marabou jigs; John Deere; red or army green brassies; Zone 3 baits that are popular are: orange worms; green garlic Power Baits; salmon peach Power Baits; weed cutting is scheduled for July 29th and 30th; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 7/16/14)

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 to low flow and is very clear; doughbaits in white and brown fished on the bottom or under a float is producing good fish; fish are biting rubber leg jigs in green/white, trout worms in black/yellow and orange/white are good choices; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Ladies' Free Fishing Day is September 13th, 2014; call 573-265-7801 for more details.
(Reported on: 7/14/14)

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 normal and running clear; the river level is currently 1.48' at the lower end of the park which is the same as last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings; July fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/15/14)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is a little low for this time of year; the water is starting to become clearer each day; 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 great 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: 7/15/14)

Fish Management Notice

Trout Stocking

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


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