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Heartland Outdoors

Weekly Missouri Fishing Report

Thu, July 06, 2017

Attention Fishing Report Subscribers:

The weekly fishing report updates every Thursday between April and September.

View a searchable version of the weekly fishing report and the annual fishing prospects at https://fishing.mdc.mo.gov.

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. During those dates 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 of Missouri”, or website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zkz.

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

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-815-7900

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
channel catfish good; bluegill good using earthworms; all other species slow; reminder, the lake is closed to private boats; 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: 7/3/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using worms, cut shad and whole shad; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow using worms, crappie jigs and crankbait; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using worms and cut baits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair, try using dark colored soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try using spoons, Rooster Tails and light colored soft plastics
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using cut bait; crappie slow, try using minnows; black bass slow, try using soft plastic worms; white bass slow
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish good using bluebill or shad; crappie fair using minnows or dark jig; black bass good using crankbait or topwater jigs; white bass good using crankbait or topwater jigs
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or livers; crappie fair using minnows; black bass fair using crankbaits or dark worms; white bass fair using crankbaits or dark worms
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Little Dixie Lake

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-815-7900

Rivers

Lamine River

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-815-7900

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut bait and live bait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on worms and liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using worms, cut shad and whole shad; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms, crappie jigs and crankbait; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic baits near cover, early and late in the day; channel catfish slow, try using cut baits floated under a bobber; crappie slow, try using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms under a bobber.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
black bass good using topwater lures; crappie slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
white bass and hybrids good using spinnerbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using fresh cut bait; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
white bass and hybrids good using topwater lures and spinnerbaits; crappie slow; catfish slow; fishing pressure medium to high.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
water level is falling, with debris in the flow; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits; blue catfish good on cut baits and bank lines; channel catfish good in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Northeast

Lakes

Hazel Creek Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Muskellunge: Good
Common Carp: Good
crappie fair in timber on plastics; bass slow; catfish good on cut bait; musky good; carp can be found cruising shallows, morning seems to be most productive; lily pads are in full bloom; boat ramps in good condition; reminder - electric trolling motor only.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Sunfish: Good
largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; sunfish good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good using Rattle Trap and crankbaits; channel catfish good using earthworms; bluegill good using 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: 7/5/17)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
lake level high, but falling from 793.6 (normal pool is 791.0); channel catfish good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, cut bait, liver, and leeches; flathead catfish good on goldfish and live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
lake levels are at 615.10ft.(606ft. normal); we have received some rain in the last week, so water has risen but should be leveling off; temperatures are around 74-78 degrees depending on where you are on the lake; water is muddy in the arms due to rainfall; crappie are slow; white bass are good on points and mounds; catfish are good; largemouth bass are fair; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
lake level is high, but falling from 715.9 (normal pool is 711.0); small channel catfish good on stinkbait, cut bait, liver, and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Good
carp good on corn and doughbait; freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish good on stinkbait; blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-248-2530

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish are being taken at the outside edges of the aquatic vegetation on commercial baits and chicken livers; dusk and dawn periods have also produced some largemouth bass from the same weed edges on soft plastics and large spinners with light colored skirts.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
main ramp is now open but was temporarily closed due to the recent storms; channel catfish,crappie,and bluegill are good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
crappie slow, try using jigs around structure; bass are fair; channel catfish are fair on livers and doughbaits with doughbaits working the best.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Good
Black Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows around brush piles on the main lake; white bass good in the morning in the upper arms in on spinners, topwater baits and crankbaits; black bass fair; catfish good ; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Grand River is at flood stage and all species are slow.
(Reported on: 6/30/17)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
flathead catfish good on worms and fair on live bait; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish fair on cut bait; carp good on worms and corn.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
catfish fair on natural baits; black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures and jigs; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Good
black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics and live bait.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on topwater baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures, jigs, and crankbaits; channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on natural bait using setlines.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass fair on minnows, jigs, and worms; sunfish fair on minnows, jigs, and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, livers, and worms; bluegill and redear fair on crickets, worms, and small jigs; largemouth bass fair on minnows, jigs, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Warmouth: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Chain Pickerel: Slow
redear sunfish, bluegill, and warmouth fair on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; black bass fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
bluegill and catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbait; bluegill fair on waxworms; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
black bass fair using soft plastics and crankbaits; bluegill fair using crickets and worms along the banks; channel and flathead catfish fair using live bait and worms on juglines and trotlines at night; all other species slow; 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: 7/5/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
all species good on minnows, worms, and Beetle Spins.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

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
27.2 ft at Cape Girardeau; channel catfish fair on shrimp and worms; blue catfish fair on cut bait and sunfish; flathead catfish fair on sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish good on worms; blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp; flathead catfish fair on live goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
channel catfish good on livers; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait; flathead catfish good on goldfish and green sunfish; black bass are fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Striped Bass: Fair
Walleye: Good
black bass good on soft plastic worms around banks and flooded road beds, also good on 1/2 oz. jigs off flooded flats and points, crankbaits off rocky points and bluffs, or spinnerbaits around brush piles; walleye good on nightcrawlers, medium crankbaits in shallow water, or 1/2 oz. spoons in deeper water; striped bass fair on live baits and large swimbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on marabou jigs, Rogues/Rapalas, Rooster Tails, and glo balls drifted with the current; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, pink and white Power Bait, nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
crappie good around structure in 15’ of water; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on minnows and plastic jigs; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and mid-running crankbaits off main points.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
crappie good on jigs or minnows near brush piles; bluegill good on worms and crickets; catfish fair on shad and nightcrawlers while drifting flats; black bass fair on topwater lures in early morning and late evening, also try swimming large grubs or paddletails; walleye fair while trolling crankbaits; .
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Walleye: Good
bluegill good on worms; black bass good on Ned Rigs in 15’ to 20’ of water off main lake points; walleye good on jigs in flooded bushes; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on crankbaits that dive in 18’ to 20’ of water, green/purple or brown/purple jigs also working well, fish rocky bluffs slowly letting the bait fall all the way to the bottom and slowly work the bait back to you; bluegill good on crickets, small pieces of nightcrawlers, or red, black, and white crappie jigs; catfish fair on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, cut liver, and cut shad while using pole and line, use small perch or goldfish on trotlines or jug lines; crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs, fish under docks in about 30’ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Good
black bass good on green pumpkin and watermelon colors using Texas rig with grubs, also on live baits; crappie good on live baits, purple and white jigs around structure; white bass good on Rooster Tails, swimbaits and minnows; catfish good on nightcrawlers; bluegill good on worms, crickets and small purple jigs; goggle-eye good on live bait and spinners of all colors.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Fair
black bass good on soft plastics and Beetle Spins; trout fair below Bennett Springs on bright colored Power Baits and marabou jigs; goggle-eye fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow, try cut bait, blood baits, doughbaits, worms or livers; black bass slow, try using spinners, topwater lures or crankbait; crappie slow, try using minnows or jigs; bluegill slow, try using worms, crickets or other natural bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on spinners and crankbait; bluegill fair on worms and natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
catfish good on cut bait and livers; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; bluegill good on crickets and worms; all others spices fair.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on livers; black bass good on plastic worms and crankbait; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/3/17)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on doughbait and cut bait; black bass good on spinners and crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets and natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
blue catfish are good on cut bait.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
blue catfish good on cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
zone 1 and 2 popular lures: gingersnap, black and yellow, red and black and white and black marabou, Bennett blue or green Crackleback, brown glitter white and black tiger and bumble bee Rooster Tails; zone 3 popular baits: florescent orange, yellow, white, or salmon peach Power Baits, orange worms, and trout nuggets; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; August weed cutting is scheduled for August 9-10; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; remember that all brown trout less than 15” in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500; trout cam - https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam; For more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
spring flow is normal and clear; fishing has been good within the park; the best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle, as well as in the evening, but fish can be caught throughout the day if you change locations when fishing slows down; fish are biting very light so use a small float; very light line is key to success, 2-4 lb test is preferred; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; Rooster Tails in black/white, green, brown, and purple; plastic worms in orange, yellow, white, and red have all been proving good; remember that all brown trout less than 15” in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing times for the month of July are 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the Current River at Montauk State Park is at 2.04 feet and slowly falling; fishing has been good in the lower end of the park where escapees from the historic flood are still lurking, fish are being stocked and caught throughout the park in all zones; spinners such as Rooster Tails (single hook) are effective throughout the park; olive or black streamers such as wooly buggers, leaches, and Cracklebacks are effective in the fly-only zone; gold tencil, olive, and white jigs have also been working in all zones; all colors of doughbait have been effective in the bait areas; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
kids fishing day is this Saturday August 19th; the river is normal for this time of year and is clear; right now, Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddis flies are all good; leaders are 9’ with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are still 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 still being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms are still catching lots of fish, orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are still working in the early mornings black, brown, white, olive, and skunk have all been working well; jig fisherman are really doing well right now, the water is good for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white, and tan; if you are using Micro Jigs, tan, olive, and black/yellow have been the best colors; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 7/5/17)

Trout Stocking

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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