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September 28, 2017 - Last report until next April

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 http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zkz.

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

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


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
channel catfish good using earthworms and prepared baits; 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: 9/27/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using worms, stinkbait, cut shad and whole shad; crappie slow, try using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms, crappie jigs and crankbait; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using worms, cut shad, hot dogs and bluegill; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair, try using dark colored soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits; white bass slow, try using spoons, Rooster Tails and light colored soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish good using cut bait; crappie fair using minnows; black bass slow, try using soft plastic worms; white bass slow, try using soft plastic worms.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using shad or bluegill; crappie fair using minnows or dark jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits; white bass fair using crankbaits.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using shad or bluegill; crappie fair using minnows; black bass fair using dark plastics; white bass fair using dark plastics.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms and prepared baits; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow; reminder that Little Dixie Lake is pole and line method only; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair after dark on worms and dough baits along the banks at the DeBourgmont Access; all other species slow
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and liver; blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using worms, stinkbait, cut shad and whole shad; crappie slow, try using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms, crappie jigs and crankbait; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on plastic baits near cover; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; crappie fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on worms under a bobber.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
black bass good in the tributaries, fair in the reservoirs; crappie fair; catfish good in the reservoirs, fair in the tributaries; pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
all species good; bass hitting on spinners and topwater lures; crappie on minnows; catfish on fresh cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
catfish good on fresh cut shad; all other species slow; pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
flathead catfish fair on live baits; blue catfish good on cut baits; channel catfish slow, try using cut Asian Carp and worms in or near tributaries; all other species fair on worms.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Northeast

Lakes

Hazel Creek Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Muskellunge: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
catfish fair; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow; reminder - electric trolling motor only.
(Reported on: 9/20/17)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Sunfish: Good
channel catfish fair on cut baits, chicken liver, and stinkbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; sunfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
crappie good on 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: 9/26/17)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
lake level is 2 feet below normal pool; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
water level is about 4' low around 602.13ft; water is fairly clear and temps are warm for this time of year, sitting around 72-76 degrees depending on where you are at on the lake; crappie are good; largemouth bass are fair; catfish are fair; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
channel catfish good on stinkbait and worms; largemouth bass fair on lures; hybrid striped bass fair trolling; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbait; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

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: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
several trophy sized hybrid striped bass in excess of 10 pounds have been taken recently by following schools of gizzard shad as the shad work the lakes surface; channel catfish continue to hit prepared stinkbaits and crayfish; unseasonably hot weather has pushed the largemouth bass into deeper water adjacent to underwater brush piles.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
catfish are fair on livers, worms and doughbaits; bass are fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
crappie good on minnows; black bass slow; channel and blue catfish are good on cut baits such as shad, skipjack and bluegill; white bass are fair on spinners and crankbaits in the upper and lower arms of the lake; walleye are slow
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish are good on dip baits; flathead and blue catfish are fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish good on live bait; blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait; carp good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass, and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits, nightcrawlers, and small spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on topwater baits.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
rainbow trout fair on Power Baits and corn; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
crappie fair on jigs while trolling; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 66º
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: 9/25/17)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie slow, try using minnows and jigs in 2-5'; bluegill and redear sunfish slow, try using crickets, worms, and small jigs in 1-2'; largemouth bass slow, try using minnows, jigs, and plastic worms in 1-3'; channel catfish slow, try using stinkbait, livers, and worms.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow; elevation 345 on Pool 1.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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 and livers; black bass fair on spinner baits and soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
bluegill fair on waxworms; channel catfish fair on stinkbait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
black bass good using crankbaits and soft plastics; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair using crickets and worms near the shoreline; channel and flathead catfish good using live bait on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow; discharge is 130cfs which is extremely low; 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: 9/26/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Slow
black bass good on soft plastics, minnows and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
12.6 ft at Cape Girardeau; blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
blue catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Spotted Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on liver and cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
level is 9.09; channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait; flathead catfish good on goldfish and green sunfish; black bass fair on live and plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Striped Bass: Fair
Walleye: Good
black bass good on soft plastic worms around banks, also good on 1/2 oz. jigs off flooded flats and points; walleye good on nightcrawlers, medium crankbaits in shallow water, or 1/2 oz. spoons in deeper water; striped bass fair on live bait, large swimbaits and topwater spinners, early mornings and late evenings are having more luck in deeper waters; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on 1/16 oz. white, black, olive, sculpin or ginger colored marabou jigs, Rooster Tails or glo balls drifted with the current when generators are running, try scuds and San Juan worms when generators are not running; brown trout being caught at night on black or brown wooly buggers; trout good in lower portion of lake on corn, nightcrawlers, and pink, white, or orange power baits or Gulp eggs fished on 4lb test leader with 1/8 or 1/4 oz. weight placed 18" from hook, use 2 or more eggs on each hook to ensure hook floats off the bottom.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on minnows and small crankbaits; black bass fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
black bass good on topwater lures early morning and late evening; white bass fair while trolling crankbaits and throwing spinners early in the morning and late evening; crappie fair while trolling crankbaits on tube jigs near brush piles; catfish fair on large shad while drifting; walleye fair on nightcrawlers or trolling crankbaits.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits off banks with chunk gravel in early morning; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on drop shot rigs using small or finesse style plastic worms, green/purple and brown/purple jigs after dark fishing points in large coves; catfish fair using nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, cut liver and live shiners, on trotlines use small sunfish or goldfish; crappie fair on live minnows 8-12' deep,;bluegill fair on nightcrawlers, crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and live bait using trotline and limblines; bluegill good on worms, crickets and small jigs of all colors; black bass good on minnows and Texas rig with purple or watermelon color; crappie slow, best on live baits and green colored jigs in deep water: goggle-eye slow, best on live bait and spinners of all colors; white bass slow, best on swimbaits and minnows.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout fair below Bennett Spring on bright colored Power Baits and natural baits; black bass fair on soft plastics and minnows; google-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow, try cut bait, bloodbaits, doughbaits, worms, minnows or livers; black bass slow, try using spinners, topwater lures, plastic worms 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: 9/27/17)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow, try using cut bait, blood bait, doughbait, minnows, worms, or livers; black bass slow, try using spinners, topwater lures, plastic worms, 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: 9/27/17)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on worms and natural bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
water levels are low but steady; catfish fair on cut bait and blood baits; black bass fair on crankbait and plastic worms; bluegill fair using worms; crappie slow, try using minnows; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

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
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
water level low and falling; catfish fair using livers; black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair using worms; crappie slow, try using jigs or minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
water levels low but steady; catfish slow using cut baits, try using blood baits, worms, and livers; black bass fair using spinners, crankbait, and plastic worms; bluegill fair using crickets and other natural baits; crappie slow, try using minnows or jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish slow, try cut baits; freshwater drum are fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish are slow, try using cut baits; freshwater drum are fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/27/17)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: Park 417-532-4418

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
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; 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 September are 7:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. fishing times for the month of October are 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the Current River at Montauk State Park is at 1.92 feet down slightly from last week, fish are stocked daily throughout the park in all zones; 4 lb. test or lighter line is recommended due to clear water conditions; spinners such as Rooster Tails (single hook) are effective throughout the park; brown, 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; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. October fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 9/25/17)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is normal for this time of year, the water has cleared and visibility is better than last week, the dry fly fishing is back; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle; glo balls and the San Juan worms, in bright orange and red are also working; the water is back to normal and the use of Power Bait is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, brown and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, black/yellow, John Deere green, electric chicken and cheese are all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinners still work fine; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and smaller are best, a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; in the clear water the use of 2-lb line is recommended; if you go into zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits should work.
(Reported on: 9/26/17)

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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