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Scroll down for the most recent fishing reports from MDC & other sites. Additional reports are being developed by SC staff and contributors that will also be posted here:

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Sunfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and liver in the evening hours; sunfish fair on worms; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish are fair in the early morning and evenings in shallow water; crappie fair and grouped together in deep water near standing and submerged trees from a boat; fish will be above thermocline which is at 13′; largemouth bass fair; bluegill fair; 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.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair, try using cut shad, cut blue gill, worms; crappie slow, try using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass slow, try using worms, dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using worms, chicken livers, hot dogs and cut baits; crappie slow, try using jigs and minnows; black bass slow, try using dark colored soft plastics, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and minnows.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair, try using cut bait; crappie fair, try using minnows; black bass slow; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish good, try using cut shad or bluegill; crappie fair, try using minnow; black bass slow, try using spinners; white bass slow, try using spinners.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good, try using cut shad or hot dog; crappie fair, try using minnows or dark jigs; black bass fair, try using spinners or dark plastics; white bass fair, try using spinners or dark plastics.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
bluegill fair on worms; largemouth bass slow, best on crankbaits and soft plastics; channel catfish slow, best on chicken liver; crappie slow, best on jigs; 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: 9/26/18)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
3′ above normal level, and slowly falling; channel catfish good from Roberts Bluff Access downstream to Bryant Bottom Bridge on worms; flathead catfish fair downstream from DeBourgmont Access to the Missouri River on set lines baited with live goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on live bait; flathead catfish fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair, try using cut shad, cut blue gill, worms; crappie slow, try using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass slow, try using worms, dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
dingy; black bass good on nightcrawlers, jigs and plastic worms near dam road; channel catfish good on liver and stinkbaits near dawn and dusk; crappie fair in deeper brush and timber; bluegill slow on earthworms and crickets; all other species slow; pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on a variety of baits; largemouth bass fair on a variety of lures; crappie fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/18)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
clear; black bass fair on crankbaits; white bass and hybrid striped bass fair on spoons and jigs; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; blue catfish and channel catfish good on fresh cut shad; pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
clear; white bass and hybrid striped bass fair on spoons and jigs; crappie fair on jigs; blue catfish and channel catfish good on fresh cut baits; all other species fair; pressure medium.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
water level is rising with some debris in the flow; flathead catfish good on live baits, especially bluegill and worms; blue catfish good on live baits, including goldfish, bluegill and cut baits, especially Asian carp; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits behind the wing dams and in the tributaries; all other species good on worms.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Northeast

Lakes

Hazel Creek Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow; use extreme caution when using boat landings and dock as the water level is very low; electric trolling motors only.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
bluegill good on earthworms; channel catfish good on earthworms and chicken livers; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on earthworms; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
Long Branch Lake water level is at 789.33ft. which is slightly under normal pool; crappie are good in deeper water, 8-15 feet,try using plastic jigs and minnows;catfish have been fair on setlines; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
lake level is at 606.52ft.; surface temp is around 70 degrees but varies depending on the time of day and where you are on the lake; crappie are good and are suspended out in the deeper water; channel catfish are good on all baits; largemouth bass are slow, best on soft plastics and crankbaits; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
varying water temperatures from 80° at the power plant to 90˚ in warm water arm; 1.2 feet below normal water level at 709.8; crappie fair on soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Salt River – Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
channel catfish fair on live and cut bait; freshwater drum fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
black bass good; catfish good; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
bass slow; channel catfish slow; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
crappie are fair; largemouth bass are fair; catfish fair on livers, stinkbaits, doughbaits and cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
crappie are slow; catfish are good and are biting on everything; largemouth bass are fair around fish stumps and shallow trees; white bass are fair by the dam early in the morning; walleye are slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
river is approaching or at flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on jug lines and trotlines using a variety of baits.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair on jug lines and trotlines using a variety of baits; white bass fair on swimming minnows.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 9/25/18)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass are good on jigs and topwater baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
rainbow trout fair on marabou jigs, black and gold minnows, shrimp, corn; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair, best on soft plastics, and jigs.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
all species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
sunfish fair on minnows and live crickets; black bass fair early on spinners and minnows; channel catfish and all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/18)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish good at 2′-8′ depth on stinkbaits, livers, and worms; bluegill fair at 2′-5′ depth on crickets, worms, and small jigs; crappie fair at 2′-5′ depth on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair at 1′-4′ depth on minnows, jigs, and plastic worms.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Duck Creek Pool 1 is a foot below full pool; bluegill fair using crickets and small bug (spider) jigs 2.5 foot depth; largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits and large minnows at two foot depths; redear sunfish fair on jigs and crickets at 2.5 foot depth; crappie slow, best on jigs, crickets, and minnows at 4 foot depth; all other species slow; NOTE: teal hunting started on September 8th; teal hunters can be north of the bridge on the east side and north of the water control structure on the west side; we have orange buoys across the lake to indicate where they are allowed to be at; fishermen should be aware of multiple uses during teal season.
(Reported on: 9/24/18)

Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Black Crappie: Slow
flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; channel catfish fair on livers and worm; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/18)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbait; bluegill fair on waxworms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and flathead catfish fair using live bait on trotlines and jugs; black bass fair in shallow water using crankbaits and plastics; crappie fair near brushy areas using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair using crickets and worms near the shore; lake stage 360.03; discharge is 220 cfs; tailwater 323.01; 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: 9/25/18)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow; discharge 525 CFS.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
25.6 ft at Cape Girardeau and falling, muddy; blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
21.62 ft. at New Madrid and rising; blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on cut baits, chicken livers and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
water flow fast; black bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
11.4 feet and falling; channel catfish are fair on worms and chicken livers; flathead catfish are fair on green sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs; walleye fair on Rogues below Powersite Dam; white bass fair on live minnows and jigs in the morning; crappie fair on live minnows and jigs around submerged timber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
rainbow trout good in upper portion of lake on 1/4 oz., 1/16 oz. or 1/32 oz. sculpin, white and black marabou jigs fished on 4 lb. clear line, 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. white/chrome or black/chrome Rooster Tails, blue/chrome or black/chrome Rogues, and orange glo balls when generators are running, or scuds, Zebra midge, San Juan worms, soft hackles, or wooly bugger patterns when generators are not running; brown trout fair in upper portion of lake at night on black or olive colored wooly bugger patterns or blue/chrome or black/chrome Rogues; trout good in lower portion of lake on white, pink, orange, or chartreuse floating Berkley Gulp Salmon Eggs rigged with a 1/8 oz. or 1/4 oz. weight 18″ from the hook, floating nightcrawlers, corn and minnows also working well.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles and standing timber in 10′ to 20′ of water; black bass fair on topwater lures early in the morning and soft plastic worms and creature baits later in the day; white bass fair on small spinners and jigs on the flats and points; walleye fair on crankbaits and nightcrawlers on crawler rigs on flats; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on crankbaits, soft plastics, and spinning baits; white bass good on swimming minnows, crankbaits and Rooster Tails; crappie good around structure and brush piles using minnows and jigs; walleye good on jerkbaits, swimming baits and bottom bouncing nightcrawlers on the flats and off points; bluegill good on nightcrawlers; catfish fair on live and cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good off main points 30′ of water, try jigs and rock crawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on green, purple, or pumpkin colored soft plastic worms in 20′ of water; catfish fair on large nightcrawlers, live crayfish and cut shad; white bass fair on small, deep diving crankbaits while trolling or in-line spinnerbaits like Vibric, Rooster Tails and Mepps; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Bluegill: Good
catfish good on nightcrawlers and live bait on trotlines and limb lines baited with shad; largemouth bass good in morning and evening on Texas rigs with 5″ watermelon and pumpkin color worms or Carolina rigs; bluegill good on worms, crickets, and small jigs in all colors; goggle-eye good on live bait and spinners in all colors or soft plastic baits; white bass good on all colors of Rooster Tails, minnows, or swimbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on live bait and spinners in all colors or soft plastic baits; trout good on bright colored flies and Rooster Tails; black bass good on live minnows and 3″ finesse worms.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish are slow, try using blood baits, doughbaits, worms or livers; black bass are slow, try using spinnerbaits, topwater lures, plastic worms or crankbaits; crappie are slow, try using minnows or jigs; bluegill are slow, try using natural baits, worms or crickets; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

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

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish are slow, try using blood baits, doughbaits, worms or livers; black bass are slow, try using spinnerbaits, topwater lures, plastic worms or crankbaits; crappie are slow, try using minnows or jigs; bluegill are slow, try using natural baits, worms or crickets; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish are fair using cut baits and doughbaits; black bass are fair using spinnerbaits and topwater lures; crappie are fair using minnows; bluegill are fair using natural baits; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish are good using blood baits, doughbaits, and worms; black bass are fair using spinnerbaits; crappie are fair using minnows and jigs; bluegill are fair using natural baits.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish are slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish are slow, try using cut baits; freshwater drum are fair on worms; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish are slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish are slow, try using cut baits; freshwater drum are fair on worms; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
zone 1 and 2 popular lures; Bennett blue or green crackleback; orange and black, black and yellow, peach and brown marabou jigs, John Deere, zebra midge; zone 3 popular baits: salmon peach glitter, orange, or white Power Bait, salmon eggs; September fishing hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Ladies Free Fishing Day is September 29th; remember that all brown trout less than 15″ in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date park weather and stream information visit https://www.weather.gov/sgf/BennettSpringStatePark or for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

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
water has around 4 feet of visibility currently and continues to improve; 2-4 lb test is recommended; best bets are early morning; scented dough baits continue to be good; brown, orange, and white are hot colors with the greenish tint of the water; rainbow trout continue to be good on orange orange/white plastic worms; Rooster Tails and jigs have been successful this week; best flies to try are green caddis, tan scuds, rainbow warriors, soft hackles fished on the swing; remember that all brown trout less than 15″ in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing times for the month of September are 7:30 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.; October hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m..
(Reported on: 9/26/18)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
water level is 1.67 feet and falling slowly; fishing hours for September are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; fishing hours for October are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; use 2-4lb test line due to very clear water; best fishing hours are early morning or evening; rainbow trout are good on white, brown, or orange doughbait and orange, orange/white, and green/white plastic worms, flies to try are green caddis, tan scuds, rainbow warriors, soft hackles; dry fly fishing try dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; good bait choices are nightcrawlers and minnows; hatchery staff will be cutting aquatic vegetation in the Mill Dam Hole, White Oak Hole, Spring Branch and Catch-and-Release Area on October 2nd and 3rd; for up-to-date stream conditions go to the USGS gauging station for the Current River at Montauk State Park at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&cb_00060=on&cb_00045=on&format=gif_default&period=16&site_no=07064440. For more information contact Montauk Hatchery at 573-548-2585.
(Reported on: 9/25/18)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is low for this time of year; the water is clear and visibility is good, the dry fly fishing is great; 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 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: 9/26/18)

Roaring River State Park Fly Fishing Report