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Heartland Outdoors

Attention Fishing Report Subscribers:

Thu, July 13, 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


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 7/12/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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 crankbaits; white bass slow, try using spoons, Rooster Tails and light colored soft plastics
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 7/12/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 7/12/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 7/12/17)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
bluegill good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish good on prepared baits; crappie is fair on light colored jigs in deep water near structure; 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: 7/12/17)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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; try slow using worms, crappie jigs and crankbait; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and plastic baits near cover, early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on cut baits floated under a bobber; crappie slow, try using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on worms under a bobber.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass good using spinnerbaits; crappie fair; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass, white bass and hybrids good using topwater lures and spinnerbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using fresh cut baits; fishing pressure high.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass, white bass and hybrids good using spinnerbaits and topwater lures; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; catfish fair using fresh cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
flathead catfish slow, try using live baits; blue catfish good on cut baits and bank lines; channel catfish slow in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

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: 7/11/17)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 7/10/17)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good using crankbaits and soft plastic worms; crappie good using white, black, and chartreuse jigs; blue catfish good using stinkbaits; redear 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: 7/11/17)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
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 792.67 (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: 7/11/17)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
lake levels are at 610.5 ft.(606ft. normal) and are slowly falling; temperatures are around 76-78 degrees depending on where you are on the lake; 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: 7/11/17)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
lake level is high, but falling from 714.0 (normal pool is 711.0); small channel catfish good on stinkbait, cut bait, liver, and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
flathead catfish good on live bait; channel catfish good on stinkbait; carp good on dough bait; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/10/17)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
all catfish good on live and cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 85º
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: 7/12/17)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
The main ramp that was temporarily closed due to the recent storms is now open; channel catfish,crappie,and bluegill are good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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: 7/12/17)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/12/17)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
all species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
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: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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 lures, jigs; freshwater drum and suckers good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
all species good.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on soft plastic worms, soft plastics crayfish and crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
rainbow trout good on Power Baits and corn; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic worms and crayfish; all other species poor.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Suckers: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures, jigs, and crankbaits; freshwater drum and suckers good on night crawlers; channel catfish fair on natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

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
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 7/12/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
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, worms, and jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets, channel catfish fair on worms, livers, and stinkbaits; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
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 early and late in the day; 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: 7/12/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill fair on jigs and worms; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
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: 7/12/17)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Longear Sunfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Slow
Black bass good on live bait such as minnows and crayfish; longear sunfish good on jigs and Rebel Crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
25 ft at Cape Girardeau; blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and goldfish; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Longear Sunfish: Good
largemouth bass good on minnows; longear sunfish good on worms; all other species fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on chicken liver, worms, and stinkbait; flathead catfish good on goldfish and small sunfish; black bass are fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 7/11/17)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
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: 7/12/17)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
White Bass: Fair
crappie good around structure in 15’ of water; black bass fair on plastic worms and jigs; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on minnows and plastic jigs; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and mid-running crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Catfish: Fair
crappie good while trolling crankbaits or jigs in brush piles; bluegill good on nightcrawlers and small swimming jigs; catfish fair on shad and nightcrawlers while drifting flats; black bass fair on topwater lures in early morning and late evening, also try jigs close to deep water; walleye fair while trolling crankbaits in shallow water or bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers in deeper water; white bass fair while trolling crankbaits or casting for surfacing fish.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass fair off gravel points in early morning, try Wobbly Head and Carolina rigged; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

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: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Fair
bluegill good on crickets, small pieces of nightcrawlers, or red, black, and white crappie jigs; catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, cut liver, and cut shad while using pole and line, use small perch or goldfish on trotlines or jug lines; black bass fair on shad, silver, or black colored 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; crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs, fish under docks in about 30’ of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
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; black bass fair on green pumpkin and watermelon colors using Texas rig with grubs, also on live baits; crappie fair on live baits, purple and white jigs.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
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 soft plastics and minnows; trout good below Bennett Springs on bright colored Power Baits and marabou jigs; goggle-eye fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

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: 7/11/17)

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: 7/11/17)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 7/11/17)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits; black bass good on crankbaits ; bluegill fair on worms and natural bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

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: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on doughbait, worms and livers; black bass good on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on natural bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/11/17)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
blue catfish are good on cut bait.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
blue catfish good on cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

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: 7/12/17)

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 2.01 feet; 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: 7/11/17)

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; 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: 7/11/17)

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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Family day hosted by Antioch conservation club

Thu, July 13, 2017

By: Sheryl DeVore

Adults and children who have never had experience with fishing, archery or air rifles can get hands-on training July 22 when the Northern Illinois Conservation Club holds a family day.

The club owns 63 acres of woods and wetlands in unincorporated Antioch. Members enjoy the outdoors, hunt and fish, and want to help others interested in learning new skills, said Leonard Dane, the club’s president.

“We want to get people interested in the outdoors; get them out to the conservation club grounds and see what the club is all about. The event is to introduce families to archery, trap shooting, air guns and teach them firearms safety,” he said.

Children ages 8 and older with a guardian can participate in the gun safety part of the event, he said.

The club will also sponsor other games including casting for prizes, so participants can learn to use a fishing pole.

“If you’ve never touched a fishing pole or bow and arrow in your life, we’ll have people there who can help you,” Dane said.

In addition, a trainer from Lake County Pheasants Forever will demonstrate how he works with retriever dogs. “These dogs are well-trained and have learned vocal commands,” Dane said. Participants will see how these dogs perform as the trainer has them fetch decoys.

The $10 fee includes food, use of equipment and access to the club’s acreage, which includes hiking paths.

“It seems there are a lot of kids in front of computers these days,” Dane said. “We want to get the kids out and experience doing something outdoors whether it’s archery or trap shooting or fishing.”

A lot of video games include archery, he said, but at the event, “kids can experience the real thing,” he said, adding the activity teaches hand and eye coordination.

Dane said hunting is not allowed on the club’s property.

“Members come out here to enjoy the quiet. It’s tranquil and peaceful. It’s a bit of wilderness in the middle of Antioch,” Dane said. “When you walk the trails, you can stumble upon nature — there are ducks and deer.”

Over the years, local Boy Scouts have done some restoration work on the property, he said, adding one group might do shoreline restoration later this year.

The club, formed in 1960 by local sportsmen, has evolved to focus on conservation as well as education on the safe and proper use of hunting and fishing equipment. It holds an annual fishing derby to raise money for college scholarships given to youngsters studying ecology, forestry and other related subjects.

Sheryl DeVore is a freelance writer for the News-Sun.

Family Day

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 22

Where: Northern Illinois Conservation Club, Routes 83 and 173, Antioch

Tickets: $10; pre-registration preferred

Information: www.mynicc.org

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Add fishing to your next trip

Wed, July 12, 2017

By IOWA DNR

Making plans for summer getaways with family and friends? Add fishing to your list. Plan a day trip or bring along fishing gear on your next weekend or camping trip.

The best fishing is early in the morning or later in the evening and after dark. Like anglers, fish adjust to the heat. “Fish will move to deep water to cool off during the brightest, hottest part of the day,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau.

Look for fish in the outside edge of weed beds or structure, near shade during the day. Find underwater structure such as brush piles or rock reefs within a lake with the interactive fishing atlas or fish structure maps on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Fishing-Maps.

Fish often are suspended in deeper water, just above the thermocline - a midsummer phenomenon many lakes develop creating two layers.  Below the thermocline, often 8 to 10 or 12 feet deep, oxygen is nearly nonexistent.  Many fish suspend just above the thermocline, where the water is cooler.

“Bluegills may spawn several times in the summer,” advises Larscheid. Look for them in traditional spawning areas in shallow water. “If you are not successful in these areas, try drift fishing in deep water (15-20 feet).”

Largemouth bass and channel catfish will be close to shore. Look for bass near cover; stumps, wood structure. “Bass and bluegills will use vegetation for cover and shade. It also holds a variety of zooplankton and insects which attract baitfish.”

“The white bass and wiper bite gets hot when the water heats up,” said Larscheid.  “Hot weather is also a good time to catch big channel catfish and largemouth bass.”

White bass are active in the summer in the flood control reservoirs (Coralville, Red Rock, Rathbun and Saylorville).  Follow the seagulls to spot white bass. Calm days are best because the seagulls can see the shad easier and will be feeding on them. Splashes on the water surface are good signs, too, as the shad leap from the water trying to escape.

Find a great place to fish on the DNR website at fishing.iowadnr.gov, along with the weekly fishing hot spots and tips for catching specific fish species this summer.

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Missouri expands deer feeding ban

Fri, July 07, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has expanded restrictions on feeding deer and placing minerals for deer from 29 to 41 counties throughout the state, effective July 1. The goal of the expanded feeding ban is to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The 41 counties comprise MDC’s CWD Management Zone. MDC designates counties in and around where CWD has been found as part of its CWD Management Zone.

The 12 new counties are: Barry, Benton, Cedar, Dade, Hickory, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, and Taney. They were added in response to finding CWD in Jefferson and St Clair counties during MDC’s sampling efforts last season, and the finding of CWD last year in hundreds of deer in northwest Arkansas near the Missouri border.

According to the Wildlife Code of Missouri, the placement of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable natural and manufactured products used to attract deer is prohibited year-round within counties of the CWD Management Zone. Exceptions are feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in such a manner to reasonably exclude access by deer, and feed and minerals present solely as a result of normal agricultural or forest management, or crop and wildlife food production practices.

The 12 new counties join these 29 existing counties of the Department’s CWD Management Zone: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Sullivan, Warren, and Washington.

“CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer gather in larger, concentrated numbers,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “Feeding deer or placing minerals for deer unnaturally concentrates the animals and can help spread the deadly disease.”

Fall Mandatory Sampling in 25 Counties

As part of its efforts to find and limit the spread of CWD, MDC will again require hunters who harvest deer in any of 25 select counties of the CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the November portion of the firearms deer season (Nov. 11 and 12) to present their harvested deer at one of 56 MDC sampling stations so tissue samples can be taken to test the animals for CWD. 

The 25 mandatory CWD sampling counties include new counties added to the CWD Management Zone, counties with previous CWD positives, and counties very near previous positives. They are: Adair, Barry, Benton, Cedar, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Franklin, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Moniteau, Ozark, Polk, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington.

MDC will also continue to offer voluntary CWD sampling opportunities throughout the 2017-2018 deer hunting season at more than 55 participating taxidermists and designated MDC offices around the state.

Additional information is available in MDC’s 2017 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available starting in July where permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov.

MDC has expanded restrictions on feeding and placing minerals for deer to 41 counties. MDC will also require mandatory sampling of deer harvested during opening weekend of the November portion of the firearms deer season. It will be limited to 25 counties and is being done to collect tissues samples for CWD testing.

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2017 Spring Waterfowl Survey Report

Thu, July 06, 2017

Wisconsin’s spring 2017 waterfowl population surveys indicate increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs and relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across the state.

The Wisconsin breeding duck population estimate of 479,099 represents an increase of twenty-three percent compared to 2016, and nine percent above the long-term (44-year) average. Of the species-specific population estimates for the three top breeding ducks in Wisconsin, (mallard, blue-winged teal and wood duck) the blue-winged teal, showed the largest increase from 2016.

Wisconsin Canada goose harvest is supported by Canada geese breeding in northern Ontario, as well as those breeding locally in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin breeding estimate for Canada geese are up from 2016 and consistent with a stable population of roughly 140,000, which is the 10-year average. Continental breeding waterfowl population estimates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey are expected to arrive in July.

For all surveyed waterfowl species, population counts showed increased numbers from the 2016 estimates. To view the full survey results for 2017, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “waterfowl.”

If you have any questions please contact migratory game bird biologist Taylor Finger at (608) 266-8841, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or assistant migratory game bird biologist Trenton Rohrer at (608) 261-6458, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Lost Mound deer applications available

Wed, July 05, 2017

SAVANNA, Ill. — The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced the 2017 applications for the special deer hunt at Lost Mound are available.

Two managed deer hunts, one for youths ages 10-17 and one for adults with disabilities 18 and older, are conducted within designated Closed Areas of Lost Mound. All hunters must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant who is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer.

The application period extends from July 1 through July 31 and is open to residents and non-residents. All applications will be entered into a random drawing for the 35 hunt sites at 10 a.m. Aug. 2. The drawing will be held at the Refuge Office, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois. The drawing is open to the public and applicants do not have to be present.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation, with two sessions being held. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Manny’s Pizza, 211 Main St., Savanna. The second session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. There will be a visit to the hunt area.

The youth hunt will be Oct. 7-8, which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation. All youths must show certification of completion of a state-approved hunter safety course.

The hunt in which adults with disabilities will participate will be Nov. 11-12, which is the Saturday-Sunday prior to the Illinois Firearms Deer First Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required. Wheelchair-bound and amputee hunters will receive priority selection for hunt sites. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Applications and regulations can be downloaded from www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river or picked up at the Refuge office, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. For more information, contact the Refuge office at (815) 273-2732.

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Good bass fishing on Mark Twain Lake

Wed, July 05, 2017

Here is the latest Mark Twain Lake fishing report.

Lake level is 615. Water is mostly pretty clear for this lake but there are definitely some mud lines still out there. Water temp is mid 80’s.

CRAPPIE: They are almost to their summer pattern now so you will likely find them suspended over deep water but hanging at about 10-15 feet deep. Trolling plugs is a pretty good option but so is a slip bobber set at about 12 feet with a minnow. Colors will depend on the water clarity and whether it is sunny or overcast. Bluffs, deep tree’s or brushpiles or bridge piers are good starting points.

BASS: We have heard nothing but good on the largemouth bass fishing on main lake points. We are finally starting to hear about good white bass catches as well. Main lake humps, islands, and bridge piers are good places to try. Naturally the evening bite is the most consistent. Shiny plugs or jigs or spoons are the way to go for these.

CATFISH: Blues and flatheads are pretty tough right now as they are mostly on their nests. The blues should be starting to come off any time now. People are catching a few but not great numbers right now.

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