Fishing Report


Central

Lakes

Truman Lake

Water Surface Temp: 83 degrees, high, dingy

catfish good on cut baits, goldfish, and perch; crappie and bass are scattered with bass hitting best using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; fishing pressure light.

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Water Surface Temp: 83 degrees, high, dingy

catfish good using cut baits, goldfish, and perch; bass hitting best on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits; fishing pressure light.

Binder Lake

Water Surface Temp: 85 degrees, normal, dingy

all species slow.

Blind Pony Lake

Water Surface Temp: 76 degrees, normal, muddy

largemouth bass fair; bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; 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.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, muddy,

catfish fair using whole or cut shad, or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, muddy

catfish slow using worms, cut baits, or hot dogs; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics and spoons.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, dingy

catfish fair on cut baits; crappie slow; black bass slow; white bass slow.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, dingy

catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows; black bass good using crankbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, dingy

catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie good using dark jigs or minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.

Little Dixie Lake

Water Surface Temp: 89 degrees, high, clear

largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastics; channel catfish fair cut baits, live baits, and livers; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Rivers

Lamine River

Water Level (Range): high, muddy

7’ high at DeBourgmont Access with moderate flow; 5’ high at Harriman Hill Access with little to no flow; channel catfish fair at Roberts Bluff Access upstream to Shackelford Bridge; all other species slow.

Missouri River (Middle)

Water Level (Range): high, muddy

flathead catfish good on live sunfish; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, falling, muddy

catfish fair using whole or cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, best using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, best using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Water Surface Temp: 85 degrees, high, dingy

all species fair; crappie hitting best on jigs; fishing pressure light.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Water Surface Temp: 86 degrees, high, dingy

lakes are full; black bass fair early and late in the day; channel catfish fair with floating cut baits 2’ under a bobber; bluegill and redear sunfish fair using worms under a bobber; crappie slow with some success using tube jigs near brush piles; all other species slow.

Montrose Lake

Water Surface Temp: 83 degrees, high, dingy

bass and crappie are slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Water Surface Temp: 86 degrees, high, dingy

all species fair; crappie best on jigs; fishing pressure light.

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Water Surface Temp: 77 degrees, normal, muddy

water level is steady; water clarity is muddy with debris in the flow; blue catfish and flathead catfish good on or near the tributaries; flathead catfish are being caught on bluegill and green sunfish; blue catfish are also being caught in the holes behind the wing dams on live baits and cut baits, with Asian carp working the best.

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, high, dingy

largemouth bass good on topwater lures, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits; blue catfish and channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.

Hunnewell Lake

Water Surface Temp: 84 degrees, high, dingy

redear sunfish good using earthworms; largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, high, dingy

channel catfish good on stinkbaits, livers, and minnows in flooded areas and standing timber on setlines; blue catfish good on goldfish and minnows; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake

Water Surface Temp: 76 degrees, high, dingy

high water level at 629.21; be aware of floating debris in the water; water level is falling; catfish have been good on cut baits and stinkbaits but expected to slow as water level falls; carp good in the high waters but expected to slow with falling waters; black bass fair on soft plastics on the flooded banks; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, high, dingy

channel catfish good on stinkbaits and livers; all others species slow.

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Water Surface Temp: 77 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

Salt River – Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Water Surface Temp: 75 degrees, high, muddy

freshwater drum and common carp good on worms; all other species slow.

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, normal, clear

bass good during low light conditions on topwater; channel catfish good on liver; all other species fair.

Lake Paho

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, high

north end of the lake is turbid due to recent rains; channel catfish good on stinkbaits at the spillway and road tubes; all other species fair.

Mozingo Lake

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, high, clear

full pool, murky on north end with best fishing during morning hours; bass good on topwater lures; crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish good; all other species fair.

Pony Express Lake

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, high, muddy

crappie slow; bass slow; catfish fair.

Smithville Lake

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, high, muddy

the lake has blue green algae conditions at this time. there are no reports of people becoming sick from eating fish caught during a bloom, however the recommendation is to refrain from doing so due to the undetermined risk it may pose; crappie fair; black bass fair; white bass fair; catfish good.

Rivers

Grand River

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

Missouri River (upper)

Water Surface Temp: 77 degrees, high, muddy

river is still flowing high with the rock dikes just now becoming exposed; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; common carp fair on worms and corn; blue catfish good on cut baits and fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and bluegill, good on worms; all other species slow.

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Norfork Lake

Water Surface Temp: 82 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Water Surface Temp: 74 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Water Surface Temp: 77 degrees, falling, dingy

all species slow.

Bryant Creek

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Current River

Water Surface Temp: 70 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

Eleven Point River

Water Surface Temp: 60 degrees, high, dingy

all species fair.

Gasconade River (middle)

Water Surface Temp: 74 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

Gasconade River (upper)

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

Jacks Fork River

Water Surface Temp: 71 degrees, normal, clear

all species good on soft plastic baits.

North Fork of the White River

Water Surface Temp: 65 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Water Surface Temp: 84 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Council Bluff Lake

Water Surface Temp: 81 degrees, clear

largemouth bass fair during low light periods on dark-colored soft plastics; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake

Water Surface Temp: 84 degrees, normal, dingy

bluegill and readear sunfish slow, best on crickets and jigs; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Water Surface Temp: 86 degrees, high, clear

all species slow.

Lake Girardeau

Water Surface Temp: 86 degrees,

largemouth bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on crickets and worms; all other species slow.

Perry County Lake

Water Surface Temp: 78 degrees, clear

channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake

Water Level (Range): normal, dingy

channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow.

Wappapello Lake

Water Level (Range): rising, dingy

363.58’; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish good using live baits and worms on juglines and trotlines at night; anglers should note the 9” minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; 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.

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 74 degrees, high, clear

all species slow.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 73 degrees, high, dingy

all species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma)

Water Level (Range): normal, clear

smallmouth bass good on minnows; all other species fair.

Mississippi River (Middle)

all species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Water Level (Range): -none-, muddy

36.1’ at New Madrid; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 78 degrees, high, muddy

all species slow.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Water Level (Range): high

channel catfish good on stinkbaits and chicken livers; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; all other specie slow.

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Water Surface Temp: 81 degrees, high, dingy

catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken liver, or other live baits; black bass good on soft plastic worms, crayfish, jigs, and spinnerbaits in brush piles; striped bass fair on live baits and large swimbaits.

Lake Taneycomo

Water Surface Temp: 60 degrees, high, clear

due to recent rains and power needs, water is running through the spillways most days; a flow advisory is in effect; trout good in upper portion on green or orange glo balls drifted with the current, 1/8 oz. and 1/16 oz., white and black marabou jigs, and Rooster Tails; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Berkley Gulp salmon eggs, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, high, muddy

black bass fair on deep divers and tube jigs; catfish fair on live shad; crappie fair on worms; all other species slow.

Stockton Lake

Water Surface Temp: 78 degrees, high, dingy

catfish good on flats using worms, livers, shrimp, or cut baits; crappie fair on minnows in 10’ – 20’ of water over brush piles and near bridge piers; walleye fair while trolling with flicker shad in 15’ – 20’ of water at 2’ – 3’ off bottom; black bass slow, best on topwater lures.

Table Rock Lake

Water Surface Temp: 84 degrees, high,dingy

black bass fair on spinnerbaits and spoons around deep cover; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Water Surface Temp: 77 degrees, high, dingy

black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits, jig bite is slowing down but still working over gravel points in 15’ – 20’ of water; also try brown, soft plastic crayfish; all other species slow.

Rivers

James River

Water Surface Temp: 74 degrees, high, dingy

catfish good on worms and minnows; goggle-eye fair on crayfish-colored crankbaits and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastics, Texas rigged worms, crankbaits, and topwater on buzzbaits and spooks; bluegill fair on worms, small jigs, and crickets; crappie fair on green and white jigs and minnows around brush piles.

Niangua River

Water Surface Temp: 64 degrees, high, dingy

water extremely high; trout fair below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.

St. Louis

Lakes

August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, dingy

bluegill fair on worms or crickets; catfish fair on blood bait and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, clear

catfish fair on worms and blood baits; bluegill fair on worms or crickets; all other species slow; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.

Rivers

Big River

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, high, muddy

catfish good on blood baits, cut baits, and livers; black bass fair, best on crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.

Bourbeuse River

Water Surface Temp: 79 degrees, falling, dingy

catfish fair on cut baits and minnows; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill good using worms; all other species slow, best using worms.

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, falling, dingy

catfish fair on cut baits and worms; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms and crickets.

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Water Surface Temp: 80 degrees, falling, muddy

catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Water Surface Temp: 78 degrees, high, muddy

the river is above flood stage; all species slow.

Missouri River (Lower)

Water Surface Temp: 76 degrees, high, muddy

river is in flood stage; all species slow.

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Water Surface Temp: 55 degrees, high, muddy

Flies that are working well: red or blue holographic, Aqua cracklebacks, weighted crackleback, brown or black weighted woolly bugger with spinner, mega worm, possum hair. Zone 1&2 lures: 1/8 ounce marabou – pink & white, moss, gingersnap, Brown roach, Maribou- gingersnap, white, black & yellow, peach, tinsel sparkle jig, Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, white with red dot or pink dot, dark red, rooster tails: brown sparkle, black sparkle. Zone 3 baits that are popular: Red worms, pink mouse tail, chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait. Fishing hours for July are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; weed cutting is scheduled for July 28-29; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; If you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.

Maramec Spring Park

Water Surface Temp: 57 degrees, normal, dingy

fishing is good; the spring branch has slightly above normal flow and the water is stained due increased spring flows from recent rains; fish are hitting white and silver marabou jigs, silver tinsel jigs, and green rubber leg jigs; doughbaits in white, pink, and hatchery brown colors are producing good fish when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; green and orange trout worms rigged on a single point hook, 18” below a small split shot and floated in the current are doing well; remember that all brown trout less than 15” in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for more information call 573-265-7801.

Montauk State Park

Water Surface Temp: 59 degrees, falling, dingy

the water level is up slightly from last week and is currently at 2.23’ at the lower end of the park; the level has subsided considerably from the last rise on July 10th; water clarity is still dingy and using 6 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is usually good on all baits with white, brown, and yellow scented doughbaits working well in the bait zones; white glo balls, holograph Cracklebacks, and holograph green, root-beer, and ruby midges continue to work well; some anglers are having some success using elk hair caddis, mosquito dry flies, olive leach, Rooster Tails, jigs in John Deere green, black, yellow, olive, and other dark colors; the best fishing is in the morning and evening; fishing hours for July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.

Roaring River State Park

Water Surface Temp: 58 degrees, high, muddy

the river is coming off a flood event last week; the river came up 9’ but has now receded to about 2’ above normal; the water has a muddy look right now and will have for a few weeks, so the dry fly fishing will slowly come back; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs, and brassies, with large dry flies taking a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle, in some areas, where there is a bit of slow water, glo balls, and the San Juan worms in bright orange and red are also working; buggers with extra mylar in the tails are working good, use 5x and 6x; the water is still up a bit and the use of Power Bait is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, fluorescent yellow and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, orange, cheese yellow, and chartreuse are all working; small gold spoons are good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinnerbaits still work fine, you may need to add a bit of lead to get them down deep enough; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and larger are best, but 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 this type of water the use of 4 lb. and 3 lb. line is recommended; as the water clears, we will go back to the 2 lb. line; if you go into Zone 3, nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices or any of the bright-colored Power Baits should work.

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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