Missouri Department of Conservation Fishing Report May 1 2014

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May 24, 2014, until that date 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: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair; bluegill fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
the lake is 1.5′ low; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics near brush piles and the face of the dam; 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.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms, cut shad, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good on minnows and jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics, crankbaits, and spoons; catfish slow on chicken livers, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

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: Slow
Catfish: Good
crappie good on jigs in deeper water; black bass slow; white bass slow; catfish good on cut bait.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Catfish slow, try using cut shad. Crappie fair, use minnows. Black bass slow, use dark plastics. White bass fair, try using spinner baits.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Catfish slow, try using cut shad. Crappie fair, try using dark colored jigs or minnows. Black bass slow, try crank baits. White bass fair, try using dark colored plastics.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on live minnows; largemouth bass fair on plastics; bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish fair on chicken liver; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
the Lamine is 2′ above normal; channel catfish good using cutbaits near the mouth of the Blackwater River and Imhoff Bridge; channel catfish are good at night from the bank at DeBourgmont Access on a variety of baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut baits; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
white bass fair on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs. Crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs. Catfish fair on worms, cut shad and chicken liver.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
water level 1′ low; black bass fair with plastic worms near brush piles; crappie fair using tube jigs near shallow water brush piles; bluegill fair on worms under a bobber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
All species slow; pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
Crappie good on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on live bait; pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
White bass good on sassy shad and topwater lures; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the river level is low and fishing for catfish remains slow; channel catfish are biting in the tributaries on shad sides, Asian carp sides and worms; blue catfish are beginning to move onto the flats, but the bite is slow; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass good on Twister Tails and spinnerbaits; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair using dark-colored jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers along and north of Hwy. AX; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Lake Level 606.8; blue catfish fair on cut shad; crappie good on west end of lake using minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows and jigs along the T-road rocks and deeper water structures; largemouth bass good on crankbaits on the south end of the lake; hybrid striped bass good using trolling methods; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on cut baits and nightcrawlers; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
58 degrees, normal and clear; black bass good on crankbaits; channel catfish good on cut bait; crappie good along rocky shores; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
56 degrees and high;channel catfish continue to be taken on natural baits at road tubes and at the spillway where overflow occurs; crappie and largemouth bass are being taken on minnows, tipped jigs and tube lures; a small amount of bullheads are being taken by nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
58 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie, black bass and channel catfish are good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
57 degrees, low and dingy; catfish are good on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
No report given.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
53 degrees, high and murky; channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; flathead catfish fair on worms; carp good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass and crappie fair on minnows and live bait; black bass fair on artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass and crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on jigs and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
rainbow trout good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on jigs and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Clear except for Webb Creek Branch; crappie fair on Twister Tail jigs at 10 foot depths near Webb Creek Arm; white bass slow on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass good on dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits; crappie good on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass fair on artificial lures in 2 ‘- 3′ of water; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 2′ – 3′ of water with mostly smaller fish being caught right now; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass fair on worms; crappie fair on worms and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie good on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on crickets, waxworms and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish good using worms and live bait; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; 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: 4/29/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
White Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits; white bass fair on Rooster Tails and Road Runners just above the lake. Water level and clarity will be back to normal soon.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
the river is rising at 27′; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Striped Bass: Fair
river is 24.1′ and holding, channel catfish fair on worms; some having luck catching striped bass on large jigs and artifical baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Green Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Fair
black bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and Alabama Rigs (only 3 hooks allowed); white bass good on white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; crappie good on minnows, jigs, and swimming minnows; walleye fair on jerkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, olive and black Marabou jigs and glo balls while drifting with the current on spinning gear, scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods also working well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on pink, white, orange, and chartreuse Power Baits, corn, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/28/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
black bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits while casting shorelines and points; walleye good on yellow and chartreuse jigs and Rogues while casting shallow points; crappie good on chartreuse jigs around brush piles in 4′ to 15′ of water and the back of coves; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Walleye: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on liver while fishing from the banks of coves and points; black bass slow, best on jerkbaits of various colors, mainly chartreuse on flats and off points in 6′ to 15′ of water; walleye slow, best on plastic worms and minnows at the edge of bluffs and up into the lake arms; crappie slow, best on minnows in 18′ of water.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on smoke colored grubs, purple salamander baits, and shakey heads off banks in the morning and late afternoon; crappie fair on white jigs in 5′ of water around cover; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass fair on white sliders, pearl white swimming minnows, and X-raps that dive to at least 6′, live minnows and Alabama Rigs with three hooks are also working well; crappie fair on small jigs and minnows near the bank in early morning and late evening; black bass fair on swimbaits and spinnerbaits, Alabama Rigs with three hooks also working well, try smoke or shad colored baits that mimic a small school of fish and cast along rocky bluffs that have some submerged tree tops, green colored jigs thrown on gravel points are producing good results; walleye fair on spinnerbaits, shad crankbaits and live minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass good on spooks in top water and on 4″ Chompers and football jigs in shallow water off points; crappie good on jigs and minnows in 5′ of water around trees; white bass good on minnows and Rapalas in the morning and evenings; catfish good on minnows and worms in open channels of warm water.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Slow
Brown Trout: Slow
rainbow and brown trout slow, best on brightly colored Power Bait and olive/dark colored flies; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow;
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

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

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers; call the “Fish Stocking Hotline” (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Brown Trout: Good
black bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow;
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black bass good on spinners; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Blue and channel catfish are fair on worms and cut shad; sturgeon and drum are fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 lures that are working well are: Red and White, Tequila Sunrise, or Gingersnap Marabou Jigs; Brown, Gold, or Grey with Olive Cracklebacks; Red Brassie; John Deere and Grey Deere, White Mini Jig; Red Glo Balls; White Rooster Tails. Zone 2 Lures are: Super Duper, Trout or Gold with Red Tip. Zone 3 Baits that are popular are: Orange, Pink, Salmon egg, or Bubble gum Power Bait. April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Kids Free Fishing Day will be May 3rd, fishing will start at 6:30 a.m. a special area will be heavily stocked just for the kids, exhibits will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., lunch will be provided to kids 15 and younger. If you have any questions call 417-532-4418
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

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: Good
Fishing is good, the spring branch has above normal flow and the water is clear; remember to use lightweight line and small tackle especially when the water is very clear; fish are biting on doughbait in white, yellow, cream and brown colors fished beneath a bobber or tightline; green/white, black/white, and green/yellow rubber leg jigs and trout worms in orange, black/yellow, red, green/white, and orange/white are producing good fish; fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Kid’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 17, 2014. For more information, call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 4/28/14)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is normal and running clear, the river level is currently 1.61’ at the lower end of the park which is up slightly from last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented dough 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. April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440
(Reported on: 4/29/14)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day will be held on May 17th. The upper part of the stream will be reserved for kids 15 and under all day. The River is going down slowly. Water level is below normal for this time of year. 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 area all 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 Power Bait paste, white has been good and orange has been working; also corn, nightcrawlers and natural eggs have been working.
(Reported on: 4/30/14)

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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