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April 20, 2017

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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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: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all 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: 4/18/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie slow, try using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass season closed; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using worms and cut baits; crappie fair using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass slow, try using dark colored soft plastics and spinnerbaits; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and minnows.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow; crappie fair using minnows; black bass fair; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using cut shad; crappie fair using dark colored jigs; black bass slow, try using cut shad; white bass slow, try using cut shad.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using cut shad; crappie slow, try using dark colored jigs or minnows around docks; black bass slow, try using dark plastics or spinners; white bass slow, try using dark plastics or spinners.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and minnows; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; 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: 4/18/18)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
paddlefish snagging activity has been slow; channel catfish fair from the bank using worms at Harriman Hill Access; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie slow, try using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass season closed; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
46 degrees; high; dingy; all species fair; pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
46 degrees; high; dingy; white bass and hybrids good on jigs and spoons; crappie fair on minnows while trolling; blue cats and channel cats good on fresh cut shad; all other species fair; pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
49 degrees; low; dingy; white bass and hybrids good on jigs and spoons; crappie fair on jigs; blue catfish and channel catfish good on fresh cut bait; all other species fair; pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow, try using shad and shad sides; channel catfish slow, try using worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Northeast

Lakes

Hazel Creek Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow; water level is extremely low due to weed management; NOTICE boat landing use not advised.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
water level is high and dingy; crappie fair on minnows; sunfish fair on nightcrawlers; bass fair; other species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow, try using white 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: 4/18/18)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Long Branch Lake water level is at 791.60 which is near normal pool; water is still muddy with the rain, snow, and windy conditions we have had in the last week; the weather has not been good for fishing with strong winds and rain and snow so all species are reported slow for this week.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
lake level is at 606.39 (606 is normal) and dropping; water is dingy from recent rain and snow runoff and temperature is cool for this time of year between 45-49 degrees depending on where you are on the lake; blue catfish are good on shad fish; crappie are picking up but are still fair for the time of season; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
lake level is 711.2; crappie fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles; hybrid striped bass fair on lures resembling shad; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
fishing pressure continues to be light with a few hardy channel catfish anglers being successful using cut bait along wind swept flats; crappie slow; largemouth bass slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Slow
largemouth bass fair in the back of coves; crappie fair on deep brush; channel catfish fair on cut bait; walleye slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
crappie slow; bass slow; catfish slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 40º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Walleye: Slow
Crappie: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow due to weather temperatures.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Slow
White Bass: Slow
channel and blue catfish good; flathead catfish fair; common carp slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/18)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Good
crappie and white bass good on jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Good
white bass, crappie, and walleye good on a variety of artificial baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
all species fair on artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on soft plastics and jigs; all other species fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
crappie and white bass fair on white jigs and neon green jigs and minnows; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass fair on soft plastic lures during low light or overcast conditions; crappie fair on minnows and jigs during low light periods or overcast conditions.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Good
crappie fair at 2' - 5' depth on minnows, jigs; bluegill and redear fair at 2' - 5' depth on crickets, worms, and small jigs; largemouth bass good at 1' - 4' depth on minnows, jigs, and plastic worms; channel catfish slow at 2' - 8' depth on stinkbaits, livers, and worms.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Grass Pickerel
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
redear sunfish fair on jigs and crickets 4 foot depth; crappie slow on jigs, minnow and crickets 4 foot depth; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbait 2 foot depth.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on waxworms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
black bass fair using soft plastics in shallow water; crappie fair using minnows in shallow water; bluegill fair using crickets and worms near the shoreline; channel and flathead catfish fair using live bait, still in deep water; discharge is 5250 cfs; lake stage 366.72; tail water 338.73; 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: 4/17/18)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
discharge 3000 CFS; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
25 ft at Cape Girardeau; fishing on river has been slow due to recent weather conditions; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Bigmouth Buffalo: Fair
Flathead Catfish
Black Bass
32.8 feet at New Madrid; blue catfish fair on worms; bigmouth buffalo fair by snagging.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Spotted Bass: Slow
water flow fast; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
at B Hwy outside of Holcomb the level is 19.0 ft and dropping; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
white bass fair on live minnows and jigs; walleye fair on Rogues below Powersite dam; crappie fair on live minnows and jigs around submerged timber; black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. olive, black, and white marabou jigs, 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. black or white Rooster Tails, black/chrome or blue/chrome Rogues or 1/8 oz. orange glo balls drifted with the current; trout good in lower portion of lake on pink, white, orange, or chartreuse Berkley Gulp Eggs, attach 2 to 3 eggs on a hook and place weight approximately 18" from hook to ensure hook floats off the bottom, minnows, corn, and nightcrawlers also working well.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow, best on chartreuse jigs suspended 10'-15' in 20'-25' of water over brush piles and main lake points; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and crayfish pattern crankbaits on creek channel bends in 10' to 15' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
walleye fair on points with jerkbaits and swimming baits; white bass fair on swimming minnows and Rooster Tails; crappie fair on jigs and minnows in 12' to 16' of water; black bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on swimbaits and finesse worms off chunk rock and gravel banks; crappie fair on live minnows and jigs around 15' of water in submerged cover; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Paddlefish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Good
crappie good on live minnows and white jigs in 3' to 10' of water, mainly in coves on the windward side of the lake; black bass good on a rig, swimbaits, and spinnnerbaits; white bass fair on medium diving crankbaits, white Vibric spinners, and shad colored soft plastic swimbaits; walleye fair on stinkbaits and large spin baits, use darker colors, best while trolling in the main channel of the James River Arm; paddlefish fair in the Galena area and upriver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
largemouth bass good on nightcrawlers, red crankbaits like Wiggle Wart, and white 1/2 oz spinner baits; crappie good on live baits and white/red colored jigs in 5' to 10' of water; bluegill good on worms and crickets and small jigs of all colors; white bass slow, best on white Rooster Tails, swimbaits, and live minnows; goggle-eye slow, best on live bait and spinners of all colors; catfish slow, best on nightcrawlers, and live bait on trout and limb lines.
(Reported on: 4/16/18)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass good on watermelon candy colored soft plastics; google-eye fair on minnows and nightcrawlers; trout good on grey scuds and bright colored Rooster Tails; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow, try using blood baits, doughbaits or livers; black bass slow, try using plastic worms or crankbait; crappie slow, try using minnows or jigs; bluegill slow, try using worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow, try using blood baits, doughbaits, or livers; black bass slow, try using plastic worms, or crankbait; bluegill slow, try using worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species poor.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 44º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species are poor.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
zone 1 and 2 popular lures; orange mop worm, olive, Easter egg glo ball, gingersnap marabous, Bennett blue or green crackleback, brown or yellow and black Rooster Tail, John Deere or gray deere; zone 3 popular baits: orange or salmon peach Power Bait, night crawlers, pink worms; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; May weed cutting is scheduled for May 23-24; 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; Veterans Fishing Day is Saturday April 21; Veterans fish for free, no tag or license required; Veterans may fish in any zone, a special area of zone 2 will be reserved for Veterans only; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
greenish water color with 1-2 feet visibility due to thunderstorms last Friday; water is clearing slowly; water is up 1-2 inches than normal; rainbow trout good on orange/white artificial worms and doughbait or Power Baits; brown trout fair on gold spoons such as a Little Cleos; some success with crankbait and Rooster Tails; orange and salmon peach are hot colors right now with the greenish water; best flies to try are wooly buggers, scuds, rainbow warriors, soft hackles fished on the swing; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing times for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Kids Fishing Day is Saturday, May 19. Kids 15 and under can fish for free at the trout park; free kid tags can be picked up on May 18 and 19 at Mill Field Shelter; free parking for vehicles with kids 15 and under; free activities from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
the river level at the lower end of the park is 2.06 feet down slightly from last week and falling slowly; water color is clear; fishing is good on all baits with black/yellow and black/white single hook Rooster Tails working well; wooly buggers, scuds, midges, cracklebacks, micro jigs and jigs are other good choices in the fly area; artificial worms and eggs are working well in the bait area, as well as power bait; fishing hours for April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for more up-to-date stream conditions go to the USGS gauging station for the Current River at Montauk State Park at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&cb_00060=on&cb_00045=on&format=gif_default&period=16&site_no=07064440.
(Reported on: 4/18/18)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
currently the water level is low and slowly falling and is clear; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, zebra midges #18's and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14's and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel were good all last week and unless we get a water change these colors should remain good; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, you will need 2 or 3 lb. line, p-line, Maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 4/17/18)

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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