Missouri Fishing Report September 4 2014

Missouri Fishing Report – 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: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
catfish fair; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 2′ low; all 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: 9/3/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, spoons and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
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 on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish fair on worms, hot dogs and cut baits; black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and buzzbaits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows; black bass slow on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish slow on cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass good on dark plastics; white bass fair on jigs with spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on worms and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass good on dark plastics; white bass fair on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, spoons and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
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: 9/2/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: 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 fair 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 slow on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
all species slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
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: 9/2/14)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits and buzzbaits; hybrid bass fair on sassy shad; crappie fair on minnows; catfish good on cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
white bass fair on spoons; hybrid bass fair on sassy shad; crappie fair on minnows; catfish good on cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water level is high and rising and muddy with debris in the flow; blue catfish fair on cut baits and gold fish; flathead catfish fair on cut Asian carp and bluegill; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass good on Rattle Trap; channel catfish fair on 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: 9/3/14)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
lake level 603.8; crappie fair on jigs and minnows in 10′ – 20′ near bridge piers and brush piles; blue catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish good on grasshoppers, nightcrawlers, and stinkbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow due to low fishing pressure.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits and live baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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: 9/3/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
78 degrees, high and muddy; bass fair; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Good
80 degrees, water flowing over spillway; largemouth bass good adjacent to brush piles of 6′ – 8′; channel catfish fair on commercial stinkbaits in low light conditions; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Walleye: Fair
78 degrees, high and muddy; crappie fair over deeper structure; bass fair; bluegill fair; walleye fair; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
79 degrees, high and muddy; channel catfish good on chicken livers at inflow areas; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
84 degrees, normal and muddy; catfish fair; crappie good around brush piles; black bass slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
water is high and muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, small crayfish, hotdogs, cut baits and small live baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits (gold fish) and cut baits (fresh shad); freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; common carp good on whole kernel corn and nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on live baits (gold fish) and cut baits (fresh shad).
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
79 degrees, high and muddy; no report due to high water level.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

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
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on topwater baits; catfish fair on trotlines or jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on topwater baits; catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
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: 9/3/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Suckers: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
suckers good on nightcrawlers; smallmouth bass fair on topwater lures.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

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: 9/3/14)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
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: 9/3/14)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
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: 9/3/14)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
channel catfish fair on worms, crickets and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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: 9/2/14)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on liver; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair using crankbaits and soft plastics early and late in the day; bluegill fair using crickets and worms; channel catfish fair using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9″ minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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: 9/3/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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): Fair
Longear Sunfish: Fair
black bass good on minnows; goggle-eye and longear sunfish fair on minnows and Rebel Crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
17.8 and rising; 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: 9/2/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
6.4 and holding; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits, all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on trotlines using small sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

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, nightcrawlers, or topwater lures at dawn and dusk; crappie fair on minnows around heavy structure; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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 1/4 or 1/8 oz olive, or black/white marabou jigs, blue/chrome or black/chrome Rapala-type stickbaits; white, chartreuse, or black Rooster Tails; chartreuse or orange glo balls on spinning gear; flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods and chartreuse, black or white Rooster Tails or 1/8 oz white, black or olive jig and float on spinning gear 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: 9/2/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass good on topwater lures early in the morning; fish with plastic baits in 15′ – 25′ of water around points after 9 a.m.; walleye slow while drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13′ of water; crappie slow on minnows and jigs around cover in 8′ – 20′ of water; channel catfish slow on trotlines and pole and line using crayfish or worms in 10′ – 15′ of water.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Slow
catfish good on liver over flats in 20′ of water; black bass fair on large worms in 20′ of water in brush piles; crappie slow on minnows in 20′ of water; walleye slow on artificial worms in 20′ – 25′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on worms; black bass fair on topwater baits in early morning; try crankbaits later in the day; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

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 large purple colored soft plastic worms after dark; use a circle hook tipped with a large minnow to catch feeding bass in 18′ of water; also try vertically jigging spoons in 40′ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits and worms around rocks; bluegill good on worms and crickets; catfish slow on minnows, cut baits and worms in open channels of warm water; crappie slow, but best on jigs and minnows around trees; black bass slow in top water on spooks in the evening or early morning and in deep water on Carolina rigs with soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; rainbow trout and brown trout fair on bright-colored Power Baits and dark-colored flies; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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 and crickets; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

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

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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: 9/3/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits; bluegill good on natural baits; black bass fair on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut bait; black bass fair using spinnerbaits; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow, but best using worms.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; bluegill fair on natural baits; black bass fair on plastic worms.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Slow
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
all catfish species have been fair; however, the recent rainfall might have an effect on the fishing quality.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): rising
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: 9/3/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 60º
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, white or tri-color glo balls, brown or bumble bee rooster tail, blue holographic Cracklebacks; Zone 3 baits that are popular: assorted cheese marshmallows, balls of fire salmon eggs, florescent orange or white gulp salmon eggs; weed cutting is scheduled for September 16-17; 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: 9/2/14)

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 good flow and is clear, recent rains have had very little impact on water conditions here at the park; fish are biting rubber leg jigs and trout worms in green/white, black/yellow and orange/white; floating doughbaits in white and brown fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; remember that all brown trout less than 15″ in length must be returned to the water immediately; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; the 9th annual fall Ladies’ Free Fishing Day is Saturday, September 13th, 2014; call 573-265-7801 for more details.
(Reported on: 9/3/14)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is low and running clear; the river is currently at 1.37′ at the lower end of the park, which is the same as last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black, yellow, olive 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; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 9/2/14)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
we have received four inches of rain in the last 48 hours, the river is up about 2 feet but the water is still 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: 9/2/14)

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.Provided by the Missouri Conservation Department

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