Aug. 3 fishing report

Here is this week's fishing report, as determined by the Missouri Department of Conservation:

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake: 80 degrees; black bass fair; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.

Blind Pony Lake: 80 degrees; the lake is one-foot low; bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 80 degrees; black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 83 degrees; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits and hot dogs.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 83 degrees; black bass slow, try plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie slow, try minnows.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 83 degrees; black bass good on plastic worms and topwater lures; crappie slow, try using minnows; catfish good on cut shad and worms; white bass fair on light colored lures.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 83 degrees; black bass good using topwater lures and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; catfish good on cut shad or chicken liver; white bass fair on natural baits.

Little Dixie: 80 degrees; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; crappie fair on live minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Rivers

Lamine River: The river is two-foot low and rising; channel catfish good from Harriman Hill Access downstream to De Bourgmont Access on a variety of baits; flathead catfish fair on setlines baited with goldfish above Robert’s Bluff Access; all other species slow.

Missouri River (Middle): Channel catfish good on stinkbait; blue catfish good on cut carp; all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 77 degrees; water dingy; catfish, crappie, white bass and all other species fair.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 77 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut baits; largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early and late in the day; bluegill fair on worms around brush piles; redear sunfish slow with some success on small jigs; crappie slow with some success on jigs 2-feet under a bobber near deep water brush.

Montrose Lake: 86 degrees; water dingy; black bass, fair, other species slow.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 77 degrees; water dingy; catfish, crappie, black bass and all other species fair.

Truman Lake: 79 degrees; water dingy; white crappie and walleye, fair; white bass, black bass and catfish good; catfish good on jug lines and cut bait; white crappie good on shad.

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 79 degrees; water dingy; catfish good, all other species slow.

River

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 77 degrees; water muddy; catfish slow with some success using bluegill and goldfish; all other species slow.

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake: 84 degrees, water clear; crappie good on minnows; largemouth bass good; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.

Hunnewell Lake: 76 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair using earthworms and cheese bait; largemouth bass good on Rooster Tails; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake: 77 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake: 77 degrees; water clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs; flathead and channel catfish fair on live baits; blue catfish good on cut shad; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 80 degrees, water dingy; channel catfish (12-18 inches) good on setlines using liver and nightcrawlers; crappie slow but steady on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper): 77 degrees; water muddy; channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish fair; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Salt (below Mark Twain): 75 degrees, water dingy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; carp fair on prepared baits; all other species slow.

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake: low 80s; normal, clear; largemouth bass good at low light times of the day on topwater lures; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow.

Lake Paho: 77 degreesl , 28 inches visibility; black bass are hitting on topwater baits at dawn and dusk and in the grass on plastic worms; all other species slow.

Mozingo Lake: low 80’s, normal, clear; largemouth bass good; crappie fair over deep brush and standing timber in coves; bluegill fair; channel catfish good on cut bait; walleye slow.

Pony Express Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; catfish good on cut bait; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair.

Smithville Lake: 82 degrees, crappie fair in deeper water (8-inches-foot) in the area of trees/brush piles on minnows; catfish good on cut shad and nightcrawlers; white bass fair on lake points with shad imitations; walleye slow with some fish being taken on larger points with nightcrawlers or Rattle Traps; largemouth bass good with fish being caught in grass/weedy areas.

Rivers

Grand River: 76 degrees, low, muddy; flathead and blue catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; common carp fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Missouri River (upper): 80 degrees, normal, clear; flathead catfish good on live bait and worms; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish fair on cut bait and worms; carp good on worms, fair on corn; all other species slow.

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 82 degrees; black bass fair on soft plastic baits.

Norfork Lake: 83 degrees; black bass fair on topwater lures; white bass fair on soft plastics.

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 77 degrees; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 71 degrees; water dingy, all species slow.

Bryant Creek: 80 degrees; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.

Current River: 74 degrees; water dingy, all species slow.

Eleven Point River: 63 degrees; Blue ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on marabou jigs and small spinners; white ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on corn, minnows and Power Baits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live bait.

Gasconade River (middle): 78 degrees; water clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits; drum good on nightcrawlers and crayfish.

Gasconade River (upper): 78 degrees; water muddy; all species slow.

Jacks Fork River: 75 degrees; water dingy; all species slow.

North Fork of the White River: 68 degrees; water clear; smallmouth bass and google-eye fair on soft plastics.

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake: 86 degrees; water clear; white bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow on red/green tube jigs; all other species slow.

Council Bluff Lake: 83 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on liver after dark; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake: 78 degrees; water dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish fair in 2-3 foot depths on jigs, crickets and worms; crappie slow in 1- 3 foot depths on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass slow in 1-3 foot depths on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; channel catfish slow in 2-8 foot depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool No. 1: 77 degrees; water clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms; channel catfish fair on chicken livers; all other species slow.

Lake Girardeau: water dingy; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms; all other species slow.

Perry County Lake: 85 degrees; water clear; channel catfish fair on liver; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake: water dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and live baits; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

Wappapello Lake: 80 degrees; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on live bait and cut bait on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9” minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake. Recorded lake level and other infomation 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): 78 degrees; water clear; all species slow.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 82 degrees; water dingy; black bass good on plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; bluegill fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma): water clear; all species slow.

Mississippi River (Middle): water muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut bait; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): water muddy; channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake): 83 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on hard and soft plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake): 71 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbaits and chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait (small goldfish or sunfish); all other species slow.

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 84 degrees; water dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, jigs and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows near brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; striped bass fair on large jerkbaits and swimbaits; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Lake Taneycomo: 53 degrees; water clear; trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, black and olive marabou jigs and orange or chartreuse glo balls while drifting downstream with the current; black/chrome and white/chrome Rooster Tails and Rogues also working well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on fluorescent orange, chartreuse, pink/white Power Baits, nightcrawlers and corn.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 80 degrees; water clear; crappie good on minnows around structure; black bass good on main lake points and in shallows early in the day; catfish good on live and cut baits; all other species slow.

Stockton Lake: 82 degrees; water dingy; catfish good on shad and nightcrawlers while drifting; bluegill good on crickets and worms; crappie fair on minnows near deeper brush or standing trees; walleye fair while trolling with deep crankbaits or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 85 degrees; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, use a 3/16 oz. bullet sinker and 2- or 3-point hook, fish in shallow water in the morning and deeper water as the sun starts to rise; crappie fair on live minnows or small 1/4 oz. jigs, blue and silver jigs are working well; bluegill fair on small jigs and live worms; catfish fair on cut shad and live small sunfish, nightcrawlers and chicken liver also works well; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 81 degrees; water clear; black bass good on a drop-shot with a purple or watermelon red colored worm; walleye good on spoons; bluegill good on live worms; catfish fair on goldfish and cut bluegill in the evening; all other species slow.

Rivers

James River: 82 degrees; water dingy; black bass good on topwater lures with spooks and buzzbaits, try using a Carolina rig with soft plastics and nightcrawlers in 25- 30 inches of water in the afternoon; white bass good on Rattle Traps in coves, use jigs on flats in the morning and evening hours; catfish good on minnows and nightcrawlers, try drifting or use trotlines and limb lines; bluegill fair on worms and crickets in 6-10 inches of water along the banks; crappie fair on jigs and minnows, best in drop offs and deep channels.

Niangua River: 73 degrees; water clear; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows and soft plastics; trout good on fluorescent orange and pink colored Power Baits.

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 81 degrees; water dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 81 degrees; water dingy; catfish good on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers.

Rivers

Big River: 82 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on cut bait, blood bait and livers; black bass slow on minnows; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets.

Bourbeuse River: 78 degrees; water muddy; catfish fair on cut bait; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow.

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 75 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on chicken livers; black bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits; bluegill good on worms and crickets.

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 78 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass good on topwater lures; bluegill good on natural baits.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region): 85 degrees; water dingy; blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good on worms.

Missouri River (Lower): 83 degrees; water muddy; blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good on worms.

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees; water clear; Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: black and yellow colored, gingersnap colored, and pink and white colored marabou jigs; white colored, and hatchery brown colored glo balls; all tri-colored Rooster Tails; chartreuse brassie, white floss, blue holographic colored Cracklebacks, brown midge; Zone 3 baits that are popular are white colored salmon eggs, orange colored Power Bait, orange trout nuggets regular scent. August fishing hours are from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. We will be cutting weeds on August 6 and 7. We will begin by 8 a.m. and finish around 3 p.m. each day. Thank you for you patience.

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees; Fishing is fair, the spring branch has good flow and the water is ultra clear, remember to use light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in deep areas, below swift water and near submerged habitat, target these areas for best success; rubber legged jigs in black/white, green/yellow and brown are working well in the afternoon hours; feather jigs in black and white, brown and yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in orange, white, green and yellow are good choices; fishing hours for the month of August are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Women’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information call 573-265-7801.

Montauk State Park: 59 degrees; The river level is normal, standing at 2.02 at the lower park boundary, the water is clear, 2 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings, especially on warmer days. August fishing hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees; the water is still low and clear, making for some really good dry fly fishing, still getting the trout on hoppers, beetles, ants and Cracklebacks; small crickets and wooly worms are still pretty good; Adams, Lt. Cahills, renegades, caddis, blue wing olives and tricos are all still working well; good nymphs right now would be the pheasant tail nymph, the zebra midge, burlaps, copper johns and small brassies; olive, black, dark brown and ginger wooly buggers are all working well right now; with the low water it is important to use 9’ leaders that are 2 lb. (7X) these work well right now; if you are spin fishing, 2 lb. Maxima or P-line works well right now; if you are fishing jigs, the black/yellow, dark olive, dark brown, green/yellow, red/orange and the white have all been working; plastics are always a good choice, white, brown, orange, fluorescent yellow and pink eggs have been good; worms in black/yellow, John Deere green, electric chicken, cheese, orange/white and the cream colors have all been good the past few weeks; in Zone 3 nightcrawlers, yellow Power Bait paste and corn has all been working.

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