Missouri Dept. of Conservation Fishing Report

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May
25, 2013, 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.

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Central

Binder Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 53º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair; all other species
slow.

Blind Pony Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or
transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 49º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and
Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on
shad and worms.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow

White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 53º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass slow, try worms, dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white
bass fair using light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie fair on
minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms, stinkbaits and cut baits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

White Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 53º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow using minnows and shad colored
jigs; catfish fair on cut bait; white bass slow.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Catfish - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 52º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass fair, try using soft plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie good,
try using minnows and soft plastic jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad and
bluegill; white bass good, try using small spinnerbaits and light colored
soft plastics.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Catfish - Prospect:  Good

White Bass

- Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 52º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass fair, try using spinnerbaits; crappie good, try using soft plastic
jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass good, try using light
colored soft plastics with small spinners .

Lamine River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.

Little Dixie Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 55º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish fair on chicken liver; all use
including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Missouri River (Middle)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Blue Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: low
Water Type: muddy
channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut baits;
all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 49º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and
Rooster Tails;crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on
shad and worms.

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Kansas City

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

White Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 54º
Water Level: low
Water Type: muddy
all other species fair.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Slow

Redear Sunfish - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 50º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs 2' under a bobber
near deep water brush.

Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 47º
Water Level: falling
Water Type: muddy
fishing is slow with some success of channel catfish are being caught around
the confluences of feeder creeks and rivers on stinkbaits; all other species
equally slow.

Montrose Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow

Striped Bass - Prospect:  Slow

White Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 54º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: muddy

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass) - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 55º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: muddy

Truman Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Smallmouth Bass - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass) - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 53º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
crappie good on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on shad; black bass good on
crankbaits and jigs; white bass and hybrid striped bass good on swimbaits and
spoons.

Truman Lake Tailwaters
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Paddlefish - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
catfish good on cut bait with rod and reel; paddlefish moving toward dam.

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Northeast

Henry Sever Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 57º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.

Hunnewell Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 54º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
channel catfish good on stinkbaits and chicken liver; largemouth bass good
using crankbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse jigs; all other species slow;
the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in
containers with water is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass) - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 48º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; hybrid striped bass fair using jigs
and artificial shad lures; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 49º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.

Mississippi River (upper)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 42º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: muddy
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Salt (below Mark Twain)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Paddlefish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 48º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
paddlefish snagging fair; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Good

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
largemouth bass have been good prior to rain; channel catfish slow but
catching some using natural baits, nightcrawlers and liver; all other species
slow.

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Northwest

Bilby Ranch Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-50 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait; black bass fair on
jerkbait; all other species slow.

Grand River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Flathead Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-50 degrees, muddy; channel catfish fair on rod and reel; blue catfish,
flathead catfish and all other species fair.

Lake Paho
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-50 degrees, water level over spillway; channel catfish continue to be
harvested on natural baits presented in coves that have inflow from recent
rains; crappie slow; fishing pressure light.

Missouri River (upper)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-44 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on worms; carp fair on corn;
all other species slow.

Mozingo Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

Walleye - Prospect:  Good

Bluegill - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-51 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good; channel catfish good on
nightcrawlers and cut shad; largemouth bass good on jerkbaits and soft
plastics; crappie fair on brush piles; walleye finishing up on spawning in
shallow rocky shorelines; bluegill fair; all other species slow.

Pony Express Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Good
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-50 degrees, low, clear; crappie good in submerged timber in main lake and
silt basins using minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

Smithville Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair

White Bass - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-42 degrees, low; crappie fair on red/chart jigs or minnows, most fish still
on deep structure with a few being caught on shallower structure; channel
catfish fair on cut shad with a few also caught on liver, nightcrawlers and
crappie-sized minnows; largemouth bass are being caught by anglers fishing
for crappie; white bass fair in areas around major docks with a variety of
baits being used; walleye are starting to move towards the dam with
crankbaits being the best choice as bait; please remember that gamefish not
hooked in the jaw/mouth (foul hooked) must be released.

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Ozark

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Sunfish - Prospect:  Good

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye) - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 58º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
goggle-eye and sunfish good on small crankbaits and nightcrawlers.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 61º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

Bryant Creek
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 59º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

Bull Shoals Lake (East)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 60º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
white bass and crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Current River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 62º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
smallmouth bass fair on swimbaits; all other species slow.

Eleven Point River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 58º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair.

Gasconade River (middle)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Sunfish - Prospect:  Good

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye) - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 59º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
google-eye and sunfish good on small crankbaits and nightcrawlers.

Gasconade River (upper)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Sunfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 59º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
sunfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Jacks Fork River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 59º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

Norfork Lake
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Walleye - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 61º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
white bass good on jigs and minnows; crappie fair on jigs and minnows;
walleye fair on worms; all other species slow.

North Fork of the White River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

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Southeast

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye) - Prospect:  Slow

Smallmouth Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 57º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
white bass are running above Clearwater Lake and are fair on Rooster Tails,
Road Runners or spinnerbaits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye are slow on
plastic baits and live minnows.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 62º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
discharge rate from spillway is 698 cfs, elevation is 453.7; crappie fair on
silver and white tube jigs and Crappie Nibbles under a float below spillway
in deeper water; all other species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

Clearwater Lake
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Bluegill - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 64º
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: clear
lake level is 494.8 and rising; white bass fair on shad colored, shallow
running crankbaits and chartreuse marabou jigs in deep holes on the Black
River arm; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on
nightcrawlers from the bank; largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs
with scented trailer in 11' depths; crappie slow on black and chartreuse, and
yellow and white tube jigs with Crappie Nibbles in 15' - 20' depths off of
points.

Council Bluff Lake
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 58º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics; crappie fair on jigs; all
other species slow.

Cypress Lake
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Bluegill - Prospect:  Slow

Redear Sunfish - Prospect:  Slow

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 64º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1' - 3' of water; channel catfish fair in
2' - 8' of water on worms, crickets and stinkbait; bluegill and redear
sunfish slow in 1' - 3' of water on jigs, crickets and worms; largemouth bass
fair in 1' - 3' of water on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; all
other species slow.NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION:  no length limit on crappie on
Cypress Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 65º
Water Level: high
Water Type: clear
largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinners; crappie fair on minnows; all
other species slow.

Lake Girardeau
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Bluegill - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Middle)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Blue Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Flathead Catfish - Prospect:  Fair
Water Level: falling
Water Type: dingy
river level 20.9 ft.; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish fair
on worms, chicken liver and stinkbait; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: dingy
37.5 feet and rising at Cairo; all species slow.

Perry County Lake
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Largemouth Bass - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 61º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other
species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 65º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.NEW CRAPPIE
REGULATION:  no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of
15 remains in effect.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Reported on: 4/15/13
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Flathead Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 67º
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-channel catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver; flathead catfish good
on live bait and chicken liver; black bass fair on artificial baits; crappie
fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Wappapello Lake
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 63º
Water Level: low
Water Type: clear
crappie fair using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair using crickets and worms,
black bass fair using crankbaits; 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.

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Southwest

Bull Shoals Lake (West)
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Walleye - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: low
Water Type: clear
black bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only), spinnerbaits on windy
points, soft plastics and jigs; white bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks
only) with white plastic grubs, white swimming minnows, and small Rapalas in
the main lake, Swan Creek, and Beaver Creek; crappie good on minnows and
1/16th oz. jigs near brush piles; walleye fair on jerkbaits in the main lake;
all other species slow.

James River
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 55º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
white bass good on minnows, Road Runners and jigs; black bass good on jigs
and soft plastics; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; crappie fair on
minnows in 8' - 12' of water.

Lake Taneycomo
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 48º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
trout good on Power Bait nuggets, corn, nightcrawlers, Rooster Tails, scuds
and San Juan worms, also try olive/black or white marabou jigs when
generators are running at the dam; all other species slow.

Niangua River
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye) - Prospect:  Fair

Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: dingy
black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows and
soft plastics; trout fair on bright colored Power Baits.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Walleye - Prospect:  Slow

White Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 54º
Water Level: high
Water Type: muddy
black bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only) and spinnerbaits in brush;
crappie slow, best on chartreuse jigs or minnows in the evening; all other
species slow.

Stockton Lake
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Good

Walleye - Prospect:  Fair

Black Bass - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 54º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
white bass good on Road Runners and Rooster Tails; crappie good on swimming
minnows and jigs; walleye fair on swimming minnows and crankbaits; black bass
fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

White Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: low
Water Type: dingy
black bass good on Wiggle Warts while fishing rocky banks, also try
spinnerbaits on windy days or jigs; white bass good below Galena on
spinnerbaits, try using white Vibric Rooster Tails or small crankbaits,
purple, smoke, and blue swimming minnows with 1/16 or 1/18 oz. jigs are also
working well, fish just before dark or right after sunset for best results;
crappie fair on live minnows, soft plastic minnows and jigs in 4' - 12' of
water; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (main lake)
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Good

Crappie - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 58º
Water Level: low
Water Type: clear
black bass good on spinnerbaits and stickbaits; crappie fair on minnows and
pink and chartreuse jigs around brush piles.

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St. Louis

Big River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy

Bourbeuse River
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: rising
Water Type: dingy
channel catfish fair on blood bait and cut bait.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Slow

Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
channel catfish slow; limit 4; please remove your trash.

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Fair

Black Bass - Prospect:  Fair

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 50º
Water Level: rising
Water Type: dingy
black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, worms and livers.

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Black Bass - Prospect:  Slow

Channel Catfish - Prospect:  Slow

Crappie - Prospect:  Slow

Bluegill - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 51º
Water Level: rising
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 48º
Water Level: rising
Water Type: muddy
catfish slow on cut bait.

Missouri River (Lower)
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Catfish - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 49º
Water Level: rising
Water Type: muddy
catfish slow on cut bait.

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Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park
Reported on: 4/15/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good

Brown Trout - Prospect:  Fair
Temperature: 55º
Water Level: high
Water Type: dingy
Zone1 and 2 best lures:  gingersnap colored and pink and white colored
marabou jigs; blue colored and green colored Cracklebacks; John Deere colored
and bedspread colored mini-jigs; red colored Rooster Tails; red colored wooly
with spinners; white colored and tri-colored glo balls; Zone 3 best lures:
yellow extra scent Power Bait; go get 'em trout bait; white floating salmon
eggs.April fishing hours are from 7: 00 a.m. until 7: 30 p.m.Saturday May 4
is the Bennett Spring Annual Kids Free Fishing Day.May fishing hours are 6:
30 a.m. until 8: 15 p.m.All kids 15 and younger will be allowed to fish for
free and lunch will be provided for the kids.We will have many exhibits that
are open from 9: 00 a.m. until 2: 00 p.m. for the kids to look at.For
questions call 417-532-4418.

Maramec Spring Park
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good

Brown Trout - Prospect:  Slow
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-fishing is good; the spring branch is slowly rising and has good flow;
recent rains have made the water dingy; remember to use light weight line and
tackle; fish are holding in areas of deeper water and near submerged habitat,
target these areas for best success; feather jigs in black, white, and
brown/yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in
orange/white, green/white and yellow are good choices; tightlining doughbait
is producing fish in the late afternoon; fishing hours for the month of April
are 7: 00 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m.Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday, May 18th. For
more information call 573-265-7801.

Montauk State Park
Reported on: 4/16/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 56º
Water Level: -none
-Water Type: -none
-the river level is normal and steady, 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; the best fishing is in the mornings and
evenings. April fishing hours are 7: 00 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. For up-to-date
stream conditions check http: //waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440

Roaring River State Park
Reported on: 4/17/13
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout - Prospect:  Good
Temperature: 58º
Water Level: normal
Water Type: clear
the stream water is running at a good flow and most of the holes are very
deep this spring; more weight is needed in a lot of these holes and you will
need at least one 3/0 and maybe 2 of them to get to the bottom; Rooster Tails
in black, brown, and white are good most days, fluorescent orange and
fluorescent pink are doing well; orange, white, cheese, fluorescent yellow
power eggs and power worms are working well; hatch brown works very well in
the hatchery area;jig fishing with tan, black/yellow, white, olive green and
dark brown are working well; flies working well are black wooly buggers, dark
brown, and olive wooly buggers are also working well; nymphs to use would be
copper johns, pheasant tails, sow bugs, prince nymphs, and burlaps; in Zone 3
use nightcrawlers, corn, Power Bait paste and nuggets.

Fish Management Notice

Trout StockingThe 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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