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Heartland Outdoors

Statewide Weekly Fishing report

Thu, July 20, 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: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
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: 7/19/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
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 an crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms, crappie jigs, crankbaits; white bass fair using colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using worms and cut baits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, 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: 7/19/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
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: 7/19/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish good using worms, shad; crappie good using minnows; black bass good using topwater, white bass good using topwater.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish good using stinkbait, liver; crappie good using minnows; black bass good using topwater or plastic, white bass good using topwater or plastic.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; channel catfish good on prepared baits; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures; 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: 7/19/17)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
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 an crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms, crappie jigs, crankbaits; white bass fair using colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Kansas City

Lakes

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
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: 7/18/17)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
black bass fair; crappie and catfish both slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 medium.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
black bass slow; white bass and hybrids good using topwater lures and spinnerbaits; crappie slow; catfish slow; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

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 shad and cut Asian carp at night; channel catfish slow in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Northeast

Lakes

Hazel Creek Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Muskellunge: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
visibility about 2ft; water is full pool; all species slow; reminder - electric trolling motor only.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 7/18/17)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good using crankbaits and soft plastic worms; channel catfish good using earthworms; bluegill good using earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
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: 7/18/17)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
the lake has come down close to normal pool again and is at 607.11; the water will continue to fall; temperatures are at 75-79 degrees depending on where you are at on the lake; look for temps to fluctuate with excessive heat in the forecast; 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: 7/18/17)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
lake level is two feet high (normal pool is 711.0); small channel catfish good on stinkbait, cut bait, liver, and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
blue catfish fair on cut bait; channel catfish good on stinkbait; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
bass fair; channel catfish good; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 7/19/17)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
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: 7/19/17)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
crappie slow; bass are fair; channel catfish are fair on livers and doughbaits.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Good
Black Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; white bass good on spinners, topwater baits and crankbaits; black bass fair; catfish good ; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

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 dip baits; blue catfish good on cut and live bait; carp good on worms and corn.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
all species good.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on everything.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/19/17)

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 nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 90º
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: 7/19/17)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbait, livers, and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Warmouth: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Chain Pickerel: Slow
redear sunfish, bluegill, and warmouth fair on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
bluegill good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; channel catfish fair on stinkbait; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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 soft plastics and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; 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: 7/19/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish and freshwater drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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: 7/19/17)

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
26 ft at Cape Girardeau, expected to crest at 27.6; 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: 7/19/17)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
blue catfish good on worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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 small sunfish; black bass are fair on artificial lures, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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 and deep diving crankbaits ; 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: 7/18/17)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in on orange, chartreuse, white, or pink Gulps power eggs, also try olive, white, black/chrome, or blue/chrome 1/8 oz. marabou jigs, blue/chrome stickbaits, or 1/8 oz. Rooster Tails or Little Cleo spoons.
(Reported on: 7/17/17)

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: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
White Bass: Fair
crappie fair around structure in 15’-20 feet 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: 7/18/17)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Catfish: Fair
crappie good on jigs or minnows in brush piles; bluegill good on nightcrawlers and crickets; catfish fair on shad and small sunfish; black bass fair on topwater lures in early morning and late evening, also try plastic worms during the day; walleye fair on nightcrawler worm harness and deep diving crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/17/17)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 7/18/17)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
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 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: 7/17/17)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 7/18/17)

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: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout good below Bennett Springs on bright colored Power Baits and marabou jigs; black bass fair on soft plastics and minnows; goggle-eye fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/17/17)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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: 7/18/17)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbait; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on blood bait and worms; black bass slow, try using plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; bluegill fair on worms; other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; black bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms and natural bait.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
catfish fair on blood baits and livers; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow try using minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish are fair on cut baits; channel catfish are fair on dip bait.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish are fair on cut baits; channel catfish are fair on dip bait.
(Reported on: 7/18/17)

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, pink and white, black and red, orange and white, and salmon marabou, john deere, snow, white coach dog, and glitter frog Rooster Tails, tri-color glo ball; zone 3 popular baits: yellow, cheese, marshmallow, salmon peach Power Baits, orange power bait worm; 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: 7/19/17)

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. Hatchery staff will be cutting aquatic vegetation in the Maramec Spring Branch beginning Tuesday, July 25 through Thursday, July 27. Cutting operations will usually begin around 9 am to allow time for fishing after the morning siren.
(Reported on: 7/19/17)

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 1.99 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: 7/17/17)

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; 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: 7/18/17)

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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