Missouri Dept. of Conservation Fishing Report August 1 2013

Central Lakes

Binder Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Blind Pony Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Bluegill: Good Channel Catfish: Good
the lake is 1′ low; bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on
stinkbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and
bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Catfish: Slow
black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow,
try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows
and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.

(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Catfish: Fair
black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass
slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie slow, try minnows
and crappie jigs; catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits and hot dogs.

(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow
black bass slow, try plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut shad
and stinkbaits; crappie slow, try minnows.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Crappie: Slow Catfish: Good White Bass: Fair
black bass good on plastic worms and topwater lures; crappie slow, try using
minnows; catfish good on cut shad and worms; white bass fair on light colored
lures.

(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Crappie: Slow Catfish: Good White Bass: Fair
black bass good using topwater lures and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using
minnows; catfish good on cut shad or chicken liver; white bass fair on
natural baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Little Dixie Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Crappie: Fair Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater lures; crappie fair on live minnows;
bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow; all use including fishing
is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)
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Rivers
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Lamine River
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is 2′ low and rising; channel catfish good from Harriman Hill
Access downstream to De Bourgmont Access on a variety of baits; flathead
catfish fair on setlines baited with goldfish above Robert’s Bluff Access;
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Missouri River (Middle)
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbait; blue catfish good on cut carp; all other
species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Catfish: Slow
black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow,
try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows
and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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Kansas City Lakes
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Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair White Bass: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
water level 8″ low; channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut baits;
largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early and late in the day; bluegill
fair on worms around brush piles; redear sunfish slow with some success on
small jigs; crappie slow with some success on jigs 2′ under a bobber near
deep water brush.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Montrose Lake
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow Catfish: Slow
All species slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Truman Lake
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: White Crappie: Fair White Bass: Good Catfish: Good Black Bass:
Good Walleye: Fair
Catfish good on jug lines and cut bait; white crappie good on shad.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Truman Lake Tailwaters
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Crappie: Slow Catfish: Good
All other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)
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Rivers
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Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
catfish slow with some success using bluegill and goldfish; all other species
slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

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Northeast Lakes
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Henry Sever Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Good Largemouth Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows; largemouth bass good; channel catfish fair; all
other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Hunnewell Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Good
channel catfish and blue catfish fair using earthworms and cheese bait;
largemouth bass good on Rooster Tails; all other species slow; the lake is
closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water
is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Long Branch Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on
lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Mark Twain Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Good Flathead Catfish: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; flathead and channel catfish fair on live
baits; blue catfish good on cut shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Thomas Hill Reservoir
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Crappie: Slow
channel catfish (12″-18″) good on setlines using liver and nightcrawlers;
crappie slow but steady on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)
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Rivers
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Mississippi River (upper)
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Flathead Catfish: Good Blue Catfish:
Fair Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on
live baits; blue catfish fair; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all
other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Salt (below Mark Twain)
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Freshwater Drum: Good Common Carp: Fair
channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on
nightcrawlers; carp fair on prepared baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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Northwest Lakes
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Bilby Ranch Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Good
low 80’s, normal, clear; largemouth bass good at low light times of the day
on topwater lures; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species
slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Lake Paho
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair
77 degrees, 28″ visibility; black bass are hitting on topwater baits at dawn
and dusk and in the grass on plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Mozingo Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Largemouth Bass: Good Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair Walleye: Slow
low 80’s, normal, clear; largemouth bass good; crappie fair over deep brush
and standing timber in coves; bluegill fair; channel catfish good on cut
bait; walleye slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Pony Express Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Largemouth Bass: Good Bluegill: Good
77 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; catfish good
on cut bait; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Smithville Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Largemouth Bass: Good White Bass: Fair Catfish:
Good Walleye: Slow
82 degrees, crappie fair in deeper water (8′ – 12′) in the area of
trees/brush piles on minnows; catfish good on cut shad and nightcrawlers;
white bass fair on lake points with shad imitations; walleye slow with some
fish being taken on larger points with nightcrawlers or Rattle Traps;
largemouth bass good with fish being caught in grass/weedy areas.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)
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Rivers
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Grand River
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Blue Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair Channel Catfish:
Good Common Carp: Fair
76 degrees, low, muddy; flathead and blue catfish fair on live baits and cut
baits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; common carp fair
on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Missouri River (upper)
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Flathead Catfish: Good Channel Catfish: Good Blue Catfish:
Fair Common Carp: Good
80 degrees, normal, clear; flathead catfish good on live bait and worms;
channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish fair on cut bait
and worms; carp good on worms, fair on corn; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

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Ozark Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (East)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Norfork Lake
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair White Bass: Fair
black bass fair on topwater lures; white bass fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)
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Rivers
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Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Bryant Creek
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Smallmouth Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Current River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Eleven Point River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Fair Smallmouth Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass
(Goggle-Eye): Fair
Blue ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on marabou jigs and small
spinners; white ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on corn, minnows and
Power Baits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live
bait.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

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
Freshwater Drum
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits; drum good on
nightcrawlers and crayfish.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Gasconade River (upper)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Jacks Fork River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

North Fork of the White River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Smallmouth Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and google-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

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Southeast Lakes
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Clearwater Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow White Bass: Fair Bluegill: Slow Largemouth Bass:
Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
white bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow on red/green tube jigs; all other
species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Council Bluff Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Largemouth Bass: Fair Channel
Catfish: Good Bluegill: Slow
channel catfish good on liver after dark; largemouth bass fair on dark
colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Cypress Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Largemouth Bass: Slow Bluegill: Fair Redear
Sunfish: Fair Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill and redear sunfish fair in 2′ – 3′ depths on jigs, crickets and
worms; crappie slow in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass
slow in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits;
channel catfish slow in 2′ – 8′ depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Crappie: Slow Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good Redear Sunfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass good on
topwater lures and plastic worms; channel catfish fair on chicken livers; all
other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake Girardeau
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Slow Crappie: Slow Channel
Catfish: Slow Redear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms; all
other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Perry County Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on liver; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other
species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Robert DeLaney Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Bluegill: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms and live baits; bluegill fair on jigs and
crickets; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on
crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Wappapello Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill:
Slow
black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits early and late in the day;
channel catfish fair on live bait and cut bait on jug lines and trotlines at
night; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9″ minimum length
limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake. Recorded lake level and
other infomation can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information
Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)
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Rivers
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Black River (above Clearwater Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Slow Bluegill: Slow White Bass: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill:
Fair
black bass good on plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs;
bluegill fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut
baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Castor River (above Zalma)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut bait; all other
species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Green Sunfish Longear Sunfish Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on hard
and soft plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species
slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbaits and
chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait (small
goldfish or sunfish); all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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Southwest Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (West)
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Striped Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Walleye:
Fair Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, jigs and
nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows near brush piles; walleye fair on
nightcrawlers; striped bass fair on large jerkbaits and swimbaits; catfish
fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Lake Taneycomo
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, black and olive marabou
jigs and orange or chartreuse glo balls while drifting downstream with the
current; black/chrome and white/chrome Rooster Tails and Rogues also working
well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on fluorescent orange,
chartreuse, pink/white Power Baits, nightcrawlers and corn.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Crappie: Good Catfish: Good
crappie good on minnows around structure; black bass good on main lake points
and in shallows early in the day; catfish good on live and cut baits; all
other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Stockton Lake
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Bluegill: Good Walleye: Fair Crappie: Fair
catfish good on shad and nightcrawlers while drifting; bluegill good on
crickets and worms; crappie fair on minnows near deeper brush or standing
trees; walleye fair while trolling with deep crankbaits or jigs tipped with
nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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: Good Bluegill: Fair Crappie: Fair Catfish: Fair
black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, use a 3/16 oz. bullet sinker and 2
or 3 point hook, fish in shallow water in the morning and deeper water as the
sun starts to rise; crappie fair on live minnows or small 1/4 oz. jigs, blue
and silver jigs are working well; bluegill fair on small jigs and live worms;
catfish fair on cut shad and live small sunfish, nightcrawlers and chicken
liver also works well; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Table Rock Lake (main lake)
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Walleye: Good Bluegill: Good Catfish: Fair
black bass good on a drop-shot with a purple or watermelon red colored worm;
walleye good on spoons; bluegill good on live worms; catfish fair on goldfish
and cut bluegill in the evening; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)
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Rivers
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James River
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Catfish: Good Bluegill: Fair Crappie: Fair
black bass good on topwater lures with spooks and buzzbaits, try using a
Carolina rig with soft plastics and nightcrawlers in 25′ – 30′ of water in
the afternoon; white bass good on Rattle Traps in coves, use jigs on flats in
the morning and evening hours; catfish good on minnows and nightcrawlers, try
drifting or use trotlines and limb lines; bluegill fair on worms and crickets
in 6′ – 10′ of water along the banks; crappie fair on jigs and minnows, best
in drop offs and deep channels.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Niangua River
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair Rainbow
Trout: Fair
black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows and
soft plastics; trout good on fluorescent orange and pink colored Power Baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

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St. Louis Lakes
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Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood
baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)
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Rivers
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Big River
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Bluegill: Fair
Catfish fair on cut bait, blood bait and livers; black bass slow on minnows;
crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Bourbeuse River
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Bluegill: Fair Black Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on cut bait; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other
species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Northern Rock
Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair Sunfish: Good
Catfish fair on chicken livers; black bass good on plastic worms and
crankbaits; bluegill good on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Catfish: Fair Bluegill: Fair Crappie: Slow
Catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass good on topwater lures;
bluegill good on natural baits.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Freshwater Drum: Good
blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good
on worms.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Missouri River (Lower)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Freshwater Drum: Good
blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good
on worms.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

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Trout Parks
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Bennett Spring State Park
Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: black and yellow colored,
gingersnap colored, and pink and white colored marabou jigs; white colored,
and hatchery brown colored glo balls; all tri-colored Rooster Tails;
chartreuse brassie, white floss, blue holographic colored Cracklebacks, brown
midge; Zone 3 baits that are popular are white colored salmon eggs, orange
colored Power Bait, orange trout nuggets regular scent. August fishing hours
are from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. We will be cutting weeds on August 6 and
7. We will begin by 8:00 a.m. and finish around 3:00 p.m. each day. Thank you
for you patience.
(Reported on: 7/31/13)

Maramec Spring Park
Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Fair Brown Trout: Slow
Fishing is fair, the spring branch has good flow and the water is ultra
clear, remember to use light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in deep
areas, below swift water and near submerged habitat, target these areas for
best success; rubber legged jigs in black/white, green/yellow and brown are
working well in the afternoon hours; feather jigs in black and white, brown
and yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in orange,
white, green and yellow are good choices; fishing hours for the month of
August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Women’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday,
September 14th. For more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 7/29/13)

Montauk State Park
Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The river level is normal, standing at 2.02′ at the lower park boundary, the
water is clear, 2 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, especially on warmer days. August fishing hours are
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440
(Reported on: 7/30/13)

Roaring River State Park
Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The water is still low and clear, making for some really good dry fly
fishing, still getting the trout on hoppers, beetles, ants and Cracklebacks;
small crickets and wooly worms are still pretty good; Adams, Lt. Cahills,
renegades, caddis, blue wing olives and tricos are all still working well;
good nymphs right now would be the pheasant tail nymph, the zebra midge,
burlaps, copper johns and small brassies; olive, black, dark brown and ginger
wooly buggers are all working well right now; with the low water it is
important to use 9′ leaders that are 2 lb. (7X) these work well right now; if
you are spin fishing, 2 lb. Maxima or P-line works well right now; if you are
fishing jigs, the black/yellow, dark olive, dark brown, green/yellow,
red/orange and the white have all been working; plastics are always a good
choice, white, brown, orange, fluorescent yellow and pink eggs have been
good; worms in black/yellow, John Deere green, electric chicken, cheese,
orange/white and the cream colors have all been good the past few weeks; in
Zone 3 nightcrawlers, yellow Power Bait paste and corn has all been working.
(Reported on: 7/30/13)
Trout Notice
=============== Summer 2013 Advisory
Due to the record number of flood events (six total) in spring, rainbow trout
growth-rates at Department?s Montauk Hatchery near Licking have slowed during
the late spring and early summer. Reduced growth rates are a response to the
warmer, more turbid water conditions associated with flooding. As a result,
anglers will notice a small and temporary reduction in the length of fish
stocked at Montauk State Park and at Maramec Trout Park near St. James. With
improving conditions, the size of fish stocked should return to normal
lengths during August. Thanks to recent hatchery improvements and the hard
work and dedication of staff at Montauk, the impacts to anglers will be
minimal and short term.

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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