Missouri Fishing Report May 15 2014

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May 24, 2014, until that date all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the Wildlife Code.

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

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill fair; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
the lake is 1.5′ low; largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; crappie good; 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: 5/14/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken liver.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and spoons; catfish slow on chicken livers, stinkbaits, worms and bluegill; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, buzzbaits and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie good on docks around brush using gigs; black bass fair on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut shad.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair on cut shad or live baits; crappie good on light colored jigs with Crappie Nibbles; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass fair on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair on cut shad; crappie good on red and chartreuse colored jigs; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass fair on spinnerbaits or large jigs.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
crappie good on live minnows and light green jigs; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
the Lamine is 2′ above normal and rising; channel catfish good; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut carp and shad; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken liver.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
water level 1′ low; black bass good using plastic worms near brush piles and weedbeds; crappie slow using tube jigs near shallow water brush piles; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms and small jigs under a bobber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
crappie fair early and late.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish
cut Asian carp continues to be the hot bait; channel catfish are biting in the tributaries; blue catfish and flathead catfish are biting but it is slow; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms and jerkbaits; crappie good on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
crappie fair using Twister Tails; channel catfish and blue catfish fair using cut baits; redear sunfish and bluegill are good using nightcrawlers and jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
crappie good on jigs and minnows; flathead catfish good on setlines using live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
lake level 609.3; crappie fair on black and chartreuse jigs and minnows close to shore; black bass fair on spinnerbaits close to shore; blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good using jigs and minnows; largemouth bass good using lures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
water 65 degrees, a normal level and clear; black bass good using crankbaits; channel catfish good using cut baits; crappie good along rocky shores; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
water is 64 degrees and high; turbid waters flowing over spillway; channel catfish good using natural baits (nightcrawlers, crayfish and cut baits) near overflow areas; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
water is 65 degrees, low and muddy; black bass good using jerkbaits; crappie good moving to the shallows during warm days and also still in areas with deep brush; bluegill fair using small jigs tipped with worms; walleye fair; channel catfish good using cut baits.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
water is 61 degrees, low and clear; catfish good using worms and cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
water is 65 degrees, low and rising, murky; crappie good using minnows and jigs; black bass good; white bass fair; catfish fair using natural baits.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
water is 62 degrees, normal and muddy; channel catfish fair using cut shad and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water is 63 degrees, high and muddy; channel catfish fair using worms, dip baits and cut baits; flathead catfish and blue catfish fair using worms; carp good using worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on jigs and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair using plastic baits.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
goggle-eye good on jigs and nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Sunfish: Fair
goggle-eye and sunfish fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
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: 5/14/14)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair using jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good using dark colored soft plastics during low light periods; channel catfish fair using liver; bluegill and redear fair using crickets and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
bluegill fair using worms and crickets about 10′ from bank in 2′ – 3′ of water; largemouth bass fair using artificial lures in 2′ – 3′ of water; crappie fair using minnows and jigs in 2′ – 3′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish are fair using crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms and jigs; largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
crappie good using jigs; largemouth bass good using plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
crappie fair using jigs and minnows; bluegill fair using jigs, crickets and wax worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish good using worms and live bait on trotlines and jug lines at night near rocky areas; crappie fair using minnows and jigs in the brush; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9″ minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake. Recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good using plastic and tube baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good using minnows and assorted jigs; channel catfish fair using nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
the river is 25′ and rising; white bass fair using worms; channel catfish and blue catfish fair using nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Striped Bass: Slow
Shovelnose Sturgeon: Slow
channel catfish fair using worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Green Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good using large minnows and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair using worms, chicken liver and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair using small bluegill and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Fair
black bass good using spinnerbaits, jigs and topwater lures in the early morning; white bass good using white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; crappie good using minnows and jigs; walleye fair using jerkbaits and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
rainbow trout good in upper portion of the lake using black and olive marabou jigs and orange glo balls on spinning gear, flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods also working well; rainbow trout good in lower portion of the lake using chartreuse, orange, and green Power Baits, corn, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass good using plastic worms and crankbaits; walleye good using trolling crankbaits or drifting flats with nightcrawlers; crappie good using minnows and chartreuse jigs around brush piles in 8′ – 15′ of water; muskie good using trolling and casting bucktails on cloudy days; catfish good using jug lines, trot lines and pole and line using cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
black bass good using chartreuse, blue and white jerkbaits on flats and off points in 6′ – 15′ of water; catfish good using liver or earthworms from banks off coves and points; crappie fair using minnows and artificial lures in 6′ – 15′ of water; walleye fair using artificial worms in 15′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
black bass good using Carolina rigged pumpkin see colored lizards; crappie good using yellow and white jigs in 10′ of water around shallow cover; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good using swimbaits and spinnerbaits, also try Shakey Heads, green colored plastic worms or soft plastic crayfish in 10′ – 14′ of water, green colored jigs thrown on gravel points also producing good bites; crappie fair using small jigs and minnows near the bank in early morning and late evening; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/12/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good using spooks in top water and in shallow water off points on Carolina rigs with soft plastics; crappie good using jigs and minnows in 5′ of water around trees; goggle-eye good using spinnerbaits and worms around rocks; catfish good using minnows and worms in open channels of warm water; white bass slow, best using minnows and X-rap Rapalas.
(Reported on: 5/12/14)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
rainbow trout and brown trout fair using brightly colored Power Bait and olive/dark colored flies; smallmouth bass fair using dark colored soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
crappie good using jigs and minnows; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

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

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair using cut baits, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; call the “Fish Stocking Hotline” (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
black bass good using plastic worms.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair using plastic worms; bluegill fair using worms; catfish fair using cut baits.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish good using worms and cut baits.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Shovelnose Sturgeon: Fair
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

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: gingersnap marabou jigs; John Deere; black caddis; white marabou; black and white marabou; Coach Dog, black, white, or yellow with dots Rooster Tails. Zone 3 – baits that are popular are: orange extra scent Power Bait; orange Mice Tails; or orange Minnow Grubs; May fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. June fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May weed cutting is scheduled for May 20 – 21. Cutting will start in Zone 3 and work upstream. Cutting will begin at 8:00 am and finish around 2:30 pm. If you have any questions, feel free to call 417-532-4418
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Fishing is good, the spring branch has normal flow and the water is very clear; remember to use lightweight line and small tackle especially when the water is very clear; fish are biting on doughbaits in white, yellow, cream and brown colors fished on the bottom; rubber leg jigs in green/white, black/white, and green/yellow colors and trout worms in orange, black/yellow, red, green/white, and orange/white are producing good fish; fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Kid’s Free Fishing Day is this Saturday May 17, 2014. For more information or to volunteer please call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 5/12/14)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is normal and running clear, the river level is currently 1.5′ at the lower end of the park which is up slightly from last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings. May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440
(Reported on: 5/12/14)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day will be held this Saturday May 17th. The upper part of the stream will be reserved for kids 15 and under all day. The River is coming up slowly. Water level is almost normal for this time of year. Right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies. Best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, zebra midges #18’s and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14’s and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel area all good. Marabou jig fishing is good right now, on a spin or casting reel, you will need 2 or 3 lb. line, p-line, maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 is fishing good on Power Bait paste, white has been good and orange has been working; also corn, nightcrawlers and natural eggs have been working.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

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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