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Moist-soil Wetland & Waterfowl Management Workshop

Thu, August 10, 2017

• Date and time: 26 August 2017, 8:30-1:00 Location: Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (Main Office)

Wetland site visits followed by presentations on hunting strategies, wetland management, & cost-share programs

• Lunch will be provided during workshop

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Fishing Report

Thu, August 10, 2017

Lake level is 604.2. Water is quite clear (for MTL). Water temp is about 80 degree’s. It has cooled considerably with this cooler weather we have been enjoying.

CRAPPIE: Lots of fish being caught right now. Most of them are in the 9 to 11 inch range. Plenty of people are limiting out. Find brush piles in 10 to 20 FOW or bridge piers, or even blowdowns. In shallower water you can find them near the bottom. Pink seems to be a good color choice whether mixed with black or white. Chartreuse will work as well. Don’t forget to add a nibble. Minnows are working well also.

BASS: There are some white bass hitting on the points and islands. Watch for the shad busting. Largemouth seem to be a bit tough right now.

CATFISH: Plenty of channel cats to be caught. Blues and flatheads are still pretty tough, though there are some being caught. I heard of both flatheads and blues in the 25# range over the past few days.

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Civil War and CADA September 2017 Press Release

Fri, August 04, 2017

National Chicago Civil War & Military Show
Plus!
Collector Arms Dealers Association Show & Sale

For Immediate Release:
Wheaton, Illinois – September 23, the DuPage County Fairgrounds (A Chicago Suburb) will host Zurko’s Midwest Promotions – Semi- Annual NATIONAL CIVIL WAR – MILITARY and C.A.D.A. (Collector Arms Dealers Association) Show & Sale Now billed as – THE “CHICAGO-SHOW”, it is one of the largest and finest for high quality and diversity in the Midwest or anywhere!

Collector’s from the United States, Europe and even Japan will again on this semi-annual event to buy, sell and trade cherished Historical Artifacts, Vintage Militaria, and a variety of Collector Arms.

Now housed in 2 – buildings with over 400 tables of treasures; THE “CHICAGO-SHOW” offers a wide selection of vintage & collector guns, medieval to military swords, Bowie knives, Revolutionary War artifacts, Indian & fur trader collectibles, historical autograph and paintings, rare books, military medals, old bottles, tin types, civil war era jewelry, and much, much more.

Associations will be represented such as, Bowie Knife Collectors Association, Salt Creek Civil War Round Table, Garibaldi Guard, P.H. Sherman Camp 2, Camp Douglas, Illinois Rifle Association, Pine Valley Club, Submarine Veterans Memorial, Antique Bottle Collector Association and the NRA-ISRA.

Robert Zurko promoter of this special National Event stated: THE “CHICAGO-SHOW” is ideally located in the Midwest; as dealers & collectors can easily drive or fly to the show.  As the show continues to grow; an additional building will be available for expansion so dealers do not have to be put on a waiting-list, again!!

The next massive sale is SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017.  Show hours are 9am to 4pm for only $9.00 for BOTH shows.  Early buyers can get in at 8am for $25.00.  Collectors are urged to come early, and plan to spend the day as buying is brisk and it takes hours to view the vast selection of treasures!

For additional information contact: Zurko Midwest Promotions, 115 E. Division St, Shawano, Wisconsin 54166. Phone 715-526-9769, web-sitehttps://www.chicagocivilwarshow.com/ or https://www.cadagunshow.com/

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Statewide Weekly Fishing report - Aug 03, 2017

Fri, August 04, 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: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
channel catfish good on chicken liver and earthworms; bluegill good on earthworms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 8/2/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
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 crankbaits; white bass good, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 8/2/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 8/2/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or shrimp; crappie slow, try using minnows or dark jigs; black bass fair using crankbait or topwater; white bass fair using crankbait or topwater.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish excellent using bluegill or chicken liver; crappie slow using minnows or dark jigs; black bass fair using topwater or plastics; white bass fair using to topwater or plastics.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on prepared baits and chicken liver; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows in deeper water; 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: 8/2/17)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good down stream from Roberts Bluff to Imhoff Bridge on worms and chicken liver; blue catfish good downstream from DeBourgmont Access to the Missouri River on shad sides and live goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; channel catfish good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
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 crankbaits; white bass good, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and plastic baits near cover, early and late in the day; channel catfish good on worms and chicken liver; 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: 8/2/17)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair in the reservoir and slow in the tributaries; crappie slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass fair; white bass and hybrids good using topwater lures and spinners; crappie good using minnows; catfish good using fresh cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
black bass slow; white bass and hybrids good using spinnerbaits; catfish good using fresh cut baits; crappie slow; fishing pressure light to medium.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 shad and cut Asian Carp at night; channel catfish slow, try using dip baits, liver and worms in or near tributaries; all other species fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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: Fair
Muskellunge: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
water is full pool with clear conditions; crappie fair; catfish fair on livers; all other species slow; reminder - electric trolling motor only.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Sunfish: Good
largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deep water; sunfish good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/17)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
largemouth bass fair using soft plastic worms; channel catfish good using earthworms and chicken liver; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
channel catfish good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, cut bait, and worms; small crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/17)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Good
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Good
the lake has come down below normal pool and is at 604.79; temperatures are at 77-82 degrees depending on where you are at on the lake; crappie are fair on jigs and minnows; walleye are good on spinners, spoons and crankbaits; catfish are fair on cut bait and goldfish; white bass are good on mounds and points; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Flathead Catfish: Good
lake level is one foot high (normal pool is 711.0); channel catfish good on stinkbait, cut bait, and worms; crappie fair on jigs; largemouth bass fair on lures; flathead catfish good on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/31/17)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on stinkbait; freshwater drum good on worms; flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
catfish good on live bait, cut bait, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bass fair; channel catfish good; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
bass fair; bluegill fair; crappie fair; channel catfish slow; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
bass fair; crappie fair; bluegill fair; channel catfish good; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try liver and dough baits; all other species are slow due to the high temperatures.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
crappie slow in the shallows; white bass fair in the early mornings and late evenings on crankbaits, spinners, meps, Rattle Traps and Rooster Tails; black bass slow around logs, stumps and wooded vegetation; channel catfish good in the coves and flats; walleye fair on crankbaits and plastics.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
all species fair.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
flathead catfish good on worms and live bait; channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; blue catfish good on cut and fair on live bait; carp good on worms and corn.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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 and jigs; freshwater drum and suckers good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on natural baits.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 8/2/17)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
rainbow trout good on Power Baits and corn; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live bait.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
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; freshwater drum and suckers good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on natural bait.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on minnows, jigs, and worms; sunfish fair on minnows, jigs, and worms; channel catfish fair on cut bait and liver; all other species slow; as surface water temperatures stay moderately high, fish will be located in deeper waters.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Warmouth: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Chain Pickerel: Slow
bluegill, warmouth, and redear sunfish fair on crickets, worms and jigs; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and weedless spoons; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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 livers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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: 8/2/17)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill good on mealworms; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
black bass fair using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early and late in the day; channel and flathead catfish fair using live bait 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: 8/2/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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 soft plastics, minnows and worms; longear sunfish good on jigs and Rebel Crawfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
25 ft at Cape Girardeau and cresting; channel catfish fair on worms; blue catfish fair on cutbait and worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
blue catfish good on cut Asian Carp; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

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: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on chicken liver, and stinkbait; flathead catfish good on goldfish and green sunfish; black bass are fair on artificial lures and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
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, deep diving crankbaits also working; 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: 8/1/17)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in on orange, chartreuse, white, or pink Gulps power eggs; place two to three eggs on hook and float above the bottom; also try olive, white, or black 1/8 oz. marabou jigs, blue/chrome stickbaits, or 1/8 oz. black or white Rooster Tails or Little Cleo spoons.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Walleye: Slow
crappie fair around structure in 18’-20 feet of water; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
bluegill fair on nightcrawlers and crickets near bluffs and bridge piers; crappie fair on tube jigs around channel drop-offs and brush piles; catfish fair on stinkbaits and live sunfish or large shiners; black bass fair on deep crankbaits and soft plastics near deep points; white bass fair on topwater lures, spinners and small crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass fair on worms off main points in 15’ to 20’ of water; walleye fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
bluegill fair on crickets or small pieces of nightcrawlers around bridge piers, docks and standing timber in 25’ of water; catfish fair on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, cut liver, and cut shad while using pole and line, use small perch or goldfish on trotlines or jug lines; black bass fair on large purple worms, Carolina rigged, drop shot rigs are working well when using smaller or finesse style plastic worms, green/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; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
white bass good on Rooster Tails while trolling, also try swimbaits and minnows; catfish good on nightcrawlers and live bait using trotline and limblines; bluegill good on worms, crickets and small purple jigs; goggle-eye good on live bait and spinners of all colors; black bass good on football jigs using green pumpkin, pink, and watermelon colors, also try Texas rig on live baits; crappie slow, best on live baits, green and white jigs in deep water.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
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 Springs on Power Baits and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastics and minnows; goggle-eye fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
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: 8/2/17)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbait; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie
Bluegill: Fair
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair using cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows and jigs; bluegill slow, try using worms ; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
catfish fair using worms and livers; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/2/17)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut baits; drum are fair on worms; all other species slow, try using worms.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut baits; drum are fair on worms; all other species slow, try using worms.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

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: black, orange, orange and white, salmon, and gingersnap marabou, brown or bumble bee Rooster Tails, John deere and gray deere, Jimi Hendrix, or chartreuse with red dot glo ball; zone 3 popular baits: chunky cheese, pink glitter or salmon peach Power Baits, yellow and red worms; August fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 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: 8/2/17)

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 August are 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ladies Free Fishing Day will be held September 9th.
(Reported on: 8/1/17)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the Current River at Montauk State Park is at 1.93 feet; fish are being stocked and caught 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; 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; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/31/17)

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 Saturday August 19th; dredging will continue in Dry Hollow, this will make the water in zone 2 muddy; the water is clear and visibility is good, 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: 8/2/17)

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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Conservation Commission welcomes new commissioner Nicole Wood

Wed, August 02, 2017

Conservation Commission welcomes new commissioner Nicole Wood
The St. Francois County outdoor enthusiast brings experience and passion to MDC.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Greitens announced on July 31 the appointment of long-time conservationist and outdoor enthusiast Nicole Wood to the Missouri Conservation Commission. The Governor has appointed Wood to a term that expires June 30, 2023. Wood replaces James T. Blair, IV, of St. Louis whose Commission appointment expired. Wood’s appointment will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Wood is the director of operations at Woodland Operations and Maintenance, where she is involved in the daily management of 20,000 acres of land in the Missouri Ozarks. She is only the fifth woman appointed to the Conservation Commission in the Department’s 80 year history. 

“Nicole’s passion for the outdoors and her strong business acumen will be extremely beneficial to the Commission’s ongoing work in strategic planning, budget guidance, and Wildlife Code regulations,” said Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley.

Wood serves on the boards of the National Wildlife Federation, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Parkland Hospital Foundation, and the National Wildlife Federation Endowment. She and her family share a passion for the outdoors.

“Missouri has the best Department of Conservation in the United States and, to be part of that as a commissioner is an incredible honor,” Wood said. “I look forward to working with all the commissioners, staff and citizens on continuing to make the Department the best in the country.”

Her interest in the outdoors started at a young age while on family hunting and fishing trips. She enjoys floating, rafting, kayaking or just sitting on a gravel bar. Wood also has a family history of commitment to conservation with her father, Howard Wood, serving as commissioner from 1997 to 2003.

The Missouri Conservation Commission controls, manages, restores, conserves and regulates the bird, fish, game, forestry and all wildlife resources of the state, including hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, reservations and all other property owned, acquired or used for such purposes, as well as the acquisition and establishment of those properties. For more on the Conservation Commission, including upcoming meetings that can be watched through Live Streaming, go to http://on.mo.gov/2ugv8P0 .

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Iowa’s annual pheasant population survey begins August 1

Wed, August 02, 2017

The August roadside survey is the best measurement of Iowa pheasant population. Surveyors watch for hens moving their broods to the road edges to dry off before starting to look for insects. Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR.


Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and after a mild winter and early spring, wildlife experts are cautiously optimistic about what they hope to find.


“Our weather this year is nearly identical to what we saw in 2015,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who coordinates and collects the data from the 208, 30-mile survey routes.


“Our spring weather model is pointing toward a status quo population, but in 2015, with nearly identical data, the statewide pheasant counts increased by 40 percent. The wet spring suggests counts similar to last year, but we’re optimistic that if the population responds like 2015, it will likely mark our highest statewide pheasant count since 2006.


“Either way hunters should have a great fall,” he said.


The virtual lack of snowfall across much of the state likely resulted in good hen survival and those extra hens offered great potential for increased numbers this fall. Pheasants do best during mild winters with less than 30 inches of snow followed by a warm, dry spring nesting season with less than eight inches of rain. Iowa’s statewide snowfall average was 20.4 inches. The statewide spring rain average was 8.7 inches.


“I had reports from people who were seeing pheasant broods in May, which suggests early nesting, which is a good omen for the fall,” he said. 


The August roadside survey is the best measurement of Iowa pheasant population. The 30-mile routes are driven at sunrise on gravel roads preferably on mornings with heavy dew and little wind. Surveyors watch for hens moving their broods to the road edges to dry off before starting to look for insects.


Surveyors note the number in the brood, any adult pheasants present and the size of the chicks, which tells Bogenschutz if this was an initial nest or if the nest was washed out and this brood was from a second or even third nest attempt. Each attempt after the first has fewer eggs than the prior attempt.


The survey also collects data on cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge.


Data is collected from the same routes each year. The information will be available online at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey by middle September.

 

Media Contact: Todd Bogenschutz, Upland Wildlife Research Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-432-2823 ext 111.

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Free Workshops

Sat, July 29, 2017

A new program developed by the Illinois Natural History Survey with support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources aims to encourage more adults to hunt. The Hunter Recruitment Program is offering a series of free workshops around the state, giving new hunters an opportunity to learn from experienced mentors and to get hands-on experience hunting for deer, turkey, squirrels, pheasants, ducks, geese and other game.

Hunting is important to both the economy and ecosystems of Illinois. INHS human dimensions scientist Craig Miller found that, during the 2012 season, waterfowl hunting alone generated $261 million in spending in Illinois, created 2,556 jobs, and contributed more than $20 million in state and local taxes. Hunting also is a critical tool in the effective management and maintenance of healthy wildlife populations and habitat.

“Hunting is a great way to obtain your own natural meat while getting exercise and sharing time with friends and family in the outdoors,” said Jared Duquette, hunter and trapper recruitment scientist at INHS and coordinator of the Hunter Recruitment Program. “It also provides critical revenue the Illinois DNR relies on to support conservation of game and non-game species and maintenance of wildlife areas that many hunters and non-hunters use for recreation.”

Unfortunately, the number of active hunters has declined in recent years. Fewer people are learning to hunt when they are young, and some who do hunt in their youth don’t maintain the habit as adults.

The new INHS program aims to reverse that decline by offering free workshops for adults across Illinois. The two-day workshops will include presentations and hands-on activities covering:

·      Hunting history and ethics
·      Game animal behavior and ecology
·      Safely using firearms and archery equipment
·      Purchasing and using proper clothing and gear
·      Hunting laws and licenses
·      Butchering, storing and cooking harvested game
·      Scouting and accessing land
·      Target shooting exercise
·      Live hunt with an experienced hunting mentor

Workshops are scheduled for residents around Bloomington, Blue Island, Central/Northside Chicago, Danville, East St. Louis, Effingham, Freeport, Havana, Libertyville/Waukegan, Mount Vernon, Marion/Murphysboro/West Frankfort, Moline, O’Fallon, Peoria, Springfield and St. Charles. There will also be workshops at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and Western Illinois University (Macomb) that are restricted to university students. Note that there are separate workshops for terrestrial game and waterfowl open to any adults who have not previously hunted these species.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To see a list of all upcoming workshop locations and dates, and to register online, visit https://publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/upcoming-workshops/.

Experienced hunters are needed to help with the target shooting and live hunting activities (five hours total); email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested.
For more information, visit the program’s website (https://publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/) or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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