Missouri Fishing Report August 21 2014

Missouri Fishing Report

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
the lake is 2′ low and clear; largemouth bass good in the early morning and late afternoon; 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: 8/20/14)

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, but best on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, but best on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow, but best on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on crappie jigs and minnows; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish fair on worms, hot dogs, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and buzzbaits.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, but best on minnows; black bass slow, but best on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

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 livers and live baits; crappie good on minnows after dark and early morning; black bass fair on topwater lures at night or plastic worms; white bass fair on light-colored jigs.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

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 live baits; crappie fair on minnows at night and early morning; black bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures at night; white bass fair on dark-colored plastics and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good on topwater baits; crappie and bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
the Lamine River is is slightly above normal; channel catfish have been good from the bank at Harriman Hill Access using a variety of baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut carp; flathead catfish fair on live goldfish and sunfish; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

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, but best on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, but best on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, but best on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish slow, but best on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
full pool; black bass fair using plastic worms or jig and pig near brush piles and weedbeds early and late in the day; channel catfish good on chicken livers and cut baits 3′ under a float over deep water; crappie slow using tube jigs and minnows near deep water brush piles; bluegill fair on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair in deep water and slow in reservoir; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bass fair on jigs and spoons; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; catfish fair on live baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
all other species slow; light pressure.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water is muddy with large debris in the flow; blue catfish fair on a variety of cut baits, including Asian carp and skip jack; flathead catfish fair on nightcrawlers and bluegill; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and stinkbaits; largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair : Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; hybrid striped bass are fair trolling with crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
lake level 606.6′; east side of lake dingy, west side of lake muddy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows in 10′ – 20′ near bridge piers and brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; hybrid striped bass are fair trolling with crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Black Bass: Fair
channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
80 degrees, normal pool and clear; bass fair; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
78 degrees, full pool; recent rains have increased channel catfish activity; nightcrawlers and crayfish used in areas of current flow have produced channel catfish in the 1-3 lb range; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
80 degrees, normal pool and clear; crappie fair over deeper structure; bluegill fair; walleye fair; bass fair; channel catfish good.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
77 degrees, normal pool and dingy; channel catfish good at inflow sites on chicken livers; crappie good on minnows near structures; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
82 degrees, 2″ high and muddy; catfish good; crappie good around brush piles; black bass slow; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
80 degrees, high and muddy; all species are slow due to water conditions nearing flood stage.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
84 degrees, normal and muddy; catfish good; crappie good around brush piles; black bass slow; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
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: 8/20/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits and live baits; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on minnows and plastics.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
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: 8/20/14)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and crayfish imitations.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair using dark-colored soft plastics during low-light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

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: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
channel catfish fair in 2′ – 8′ depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits; crappie slow, but best in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows and jigs; bluegill and redear sunfish slow, but best in 1′ – 3′ depths on jigs, crickets and worms; largemouth bass slow, but best in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows, jigs and plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
black bass fair on top water lures, all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on artificial worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair using soft plastic baits and crankbaits early and late; channel catfish fair using worms and live baits on trotlines and jug lines 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 information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on minnows, worms and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows, worms and soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
18.6 and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits, all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good on top water lures in early morning and late evening; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on trotlines using small sunfish; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on pole and line using crickets and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and trolling crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
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 olive, or black/white marabou jigs, blue/chrome or black/chrome Rapala-type stickbaits, white or black Rooster Tails, orange glo balls or jig and float on spinning gear, flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods working well when not running water; trout good in lower portion of the lake on chartreuse, pink, white, or fluorescent orange Power Baits, corn, nightcrawlers or minnows.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass good on plastic baits in 5′ – 10′ of water early in the morning; fish in 15′ – 35′ of water around points off mouths of coves near stumps and drop-offs later in the morning; channel catfish slow on trotlines and pole and line using crayfish or worms in 10′ – 15′ of water; walleye slow, but best while drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13′ of water; crappie slow, but best on minnows or jigs around standing timber or submerged logs in 8′ – 20′ of water.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
crappie good on minnows in 10′ – 20′ of water; black bass fair on large worms in 20′ of water around brush piles; catfish fair on liver in 20′ of water on flats; walleye fair on artificial worms in 20′ – 25′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good in early morning while fishing off sloping gravel banks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastic crayfish over ledge of rock banks; keep boat at least 40 yards from bank and cast towards shore; allow bait to be pulled along the bottom over the ledges; large purple-colored soft plastic worms also working well after dark; use a circle hook tipped with a large minnow to catch feeding bass in 18′ of water; use deep diving crankbaits around timber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good in top water on spooks in the evening or early morning and in deep water on Carolina rigs with soft plastics; goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits and worms around rocks; catfish good on minnows, cut baits and worms in open channels of warm water; bluegill good on worms and crickets; crappie slow, but best on jigs and minnows around trees; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
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 slow.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow, but best using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass fair using plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

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: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow using cut baits, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; call the “Fish Stocking Hotline” (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; bluegill fair on natural baits.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
catfish fair using blood baits and cut baits; black bass fair using spinnerbaits; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

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: black or olive zebra midges, crane fly, red, salmon or gold brassies, gray Deere or john Deere, white, or flame with cheese dot glo balls; Zone 3 baits that are popular: orange worms with scent, yellow Power Baits, mouse tail orange with white; weed cutting is scheduled for August 19th and 20th; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 8/20/14)

Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has low flow and is clear; remember that all brown trout less than 15″ in length must be returned to the water immediately; doughbaits in white and brown fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; fish are biting rubber leg jigs and trout worms in green/white, black/yellow and orange/white; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Ladies’ Free Fishing Day is September 13th, 2014; call 573-265-7801 for more details.
(Reported on: 8/18/14)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is low and running clear; the river level is currently 1.41′ at the lower end of the park, which is down slightly from 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; 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: 8/18/14)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is below average for this time of year; the water is clear; Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers and caddis flies are all working well; leaders are 9′ with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are 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 being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms; orange, orange/white, cheese, white and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in black, brown, white, olive and skunk; the water is great for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white and tan; Micro Jigs in tan, olive and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 8/19/14)

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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