Missouri Fishing Report July 31 2014

Missouri Fishing Report provided by the Missouri Conservation Department

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
the lake is 2′ low and clear; largemouth bass fair; bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, but best on minnows; black bass slow, but best on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish slow, but best on cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

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 dark-colored jigs after dark and early morning; black bass fair on top water lures at night; white bass fair on light-colored jigs.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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 dark-colored jigs 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: 7/30/14)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair on livers, stinkbaits and shrimp; crappie fair on jigs; bluegill fair on jigs; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on set lines; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
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 sunfish; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/30/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson 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
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

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: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
full pool; black bass good 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 along weedbed edges; crappie fair using tube jigs and minnows near deep water brush piles; bluegill fair on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
all other species fair; fishing pressure is light.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
white bass and hybrid striped bass good on live baits and topwater lures; catfish good on fresh cut shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; white bass and hybrids good on topwater lures and live baits; catfish good on fresh cut shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
fishing is good; blue catfish good on cut Asian carp and bluegill; flathead catfish good on bluegill and goldfish; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; common carp good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
bluegill good on earthworms; channel catfish fair on doughbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
crappie fair on jigs and minnows in deeper water along structures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits using setlines in deeper water; hybrid striped bass good on shad lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
lake level 607.57′; crappie fair on minnows and jigs with Crappie Nibbles in 20′ water near brush piles and bridge piers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good near deep water brush piles; channel catfish fair using nightcrawlers and chicken livers, tend to be smaller at 12″ – 14″; fishing pressure remains light; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Shovelnose Sturgeon: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish good on cut baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; carp good on doughbaits and nightcrawlers; shovelnose sturgeon good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

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; black bass fair during low-light hours or at night; channel catfish good on cut baits and livers; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Channel Catfish: Good
82 degrees, full pool; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good using deep running crankbaits and Rattle Traps mimicking shad on deep water structures at depths of over 8′; channel catfish are fair on liver and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
78 degrees, low and clear; channel catfish good on cut baits or livers; black bass good on topwater or deep-diving crank baits; crappie fair over deeper structure relating to schools of small shad; bluegill fair; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
76 degrees, normal and clear; channel catfish good on chicken livers and cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
84 degrees, 2″ high and muddy; catfish good; crappie fair; black bass slow; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
water level falling and muddy; flathead catfish, channel catfish and blue catfish good; all other species good.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
75 degrees, above normal pool level and dingy; flathead catfish good using worms or goldfish on rod and reel; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; blue catfish are fair on worms; setline fishing is better for all catfish species at this time using live baits; all other species good using worms.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
catfish good on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/30/14)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
goggle-eye and smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on worms and plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

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: 7/30/14)

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: 7/30/14)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
goggle-eye and smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair using liver; largemouth bass fair using topwater lures and dark colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
channel catfish slow, but best on worms, crickets and stinkbaits in 2′ – 8′ of water; bluegill and redear sunfish slow, but best using jigs, worms and crickets in 1′ – 3′ of water; crappie slow, but best using minnows and jigs in 1′ – 3′ of water; largemouth bass slow, but best using minnows, jigs and plastic worms in 1′ – 3′ of water.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

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: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on artificial baits; bluegill fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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; 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: 7/29/14)

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 other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
river is 2′ above normal; black bass fair on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Sunfish: Good
black bass and sunfish good on minnows and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is 21.6′ and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish good on worms, stinkbaits and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
river is 11.7′ and falling; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut baits and worms; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on trotlines using goldfish and small sunfish; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics, or nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers using split shot rig or bottom bouncing, and trolling crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
water has been running most afternoons due to power needs; trout good in upper portion of the lake on marabou jigs, Rapala-type stickbaits, Rooster Tails, and glo balls on spinning gear, flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods and Rooster Tails, or jig and float on spinning gear working well when not running water; trout good in lower portion of the lake on Power Baits, corn, nightcrawlers or minnows.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on plastic baits in 25′ – 35′ of water around points off mouths of coves near stumps and drop-offs; channel catfish good on jug lines, trotlines, and pole and line using crayfish or worms in 10′ – 15′ of water; bluegill good on worms in 8′ of water in back of coves and submerged cover; walleye slow, but best while trolling crankbaits or drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13′ of water; crappie slow, best on minnows or jigs around standing timber or submerged logs in 8′ – 10′ of water.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Slow
black bass fair on topwater jigs in the early morning; catfish fair on livers and worms while fishing from banks off coves and points; crappie slow, best on minnows in 25′ – 30′ of water; walleye slow, best on artificial worms in about 30′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
bluegill good on worms and crickets; catfish food on cut baits around structures; black bass fair on spoons and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on secondary and main lake points, best on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms or 5/8 oz. jigs in watermelon colors, large purple-colored soft plastic worms, and soft plastic crayfish in natural colors also working well in 18′ of water; a circle hook tipped with large minnows is a good way to catch feeding bass; catfish fair on stinkbaits, chicken livers, nightcrawlers or cut shad; channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on trotlines baited with small sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic swimbaits; walleye fair on minnows and swimbaits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
rainbow trout and brown trout good on bright-colored Power Baits and dark-colored flies; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

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: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow using livers, blood baits and doughbaits; black bass slow on plastic worms; all other species slow on worms.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

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

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
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: 7/30/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Slow
catfish fair on blood baits, minnows and cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on worms; black bass fair on topwater lures; bluegill slow on worms; all other species fair on natural baits.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp good on worms.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits; freshwater drum and common carp good on worms.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: red or blue holographic Cracklebacks; tan caddis; John Deere; gold, red, or green with bead brassies; Zone 3 baits that are popular are: salmon peach, or white glitter Power Bait; Gulp florescent white salmon eggs; for questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 7/30/14)

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 normal to low flow and is very 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 black/yellow and orange/white; fishing hours for the month of July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 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: 7/29/14)

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 1.45′ 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; July fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 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: 7/29/14)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is well below average for this time of year; the water is starting to become more clear every day; right now, 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; jig fisherman are doing well right now; the water is great for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white and tan; Micro Jigs in tan, olive and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 7/29/14)

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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