Missouri fishing report

REPORTS MADE JUNE 10-13

Central Region

Lakes

Binder Lake: 77 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms and crickets; largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair; crappie fair; all other species slow.

Blind Pony Lake: 67 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; bluegill and channel catfish good on worms; 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): 70 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try worms and crappie jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; catfish fair on cut shad and worms.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 73 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish fair on worms and cut baits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 70 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass fair on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; catfish good on cut bait; white bass slow.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 70 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass good using crayfish; crappie slow, try using minnows or Crappie Nibbles; catfish good on cut shad and stinkbaits; white bass fair, try using natural baits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 70 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass good using spinnerbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; catfish good on cut shad and stinkbaits; white bass fair, try using light colored soft plastics.

Little Dixie Lake: 69 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie good on live minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on chicken liver; bluegill good on earthworms; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Rivers

Lamine River: water level high; water muddy; channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on setlines; all other species slow.

Missouri River (Middle): water level high; water muddy; blue catfish fair on cut shad and carp; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try worms and crappie jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; catfish fair on cut shad and worms.

Kansas City Region

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 74 degrees; water level high; water clear; catfish good; all other species fair.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 74 degrees; water level normal; water clear; full pool; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut baits; largemouth bass good on crankbaits; bluegill good on worms around brush piles and spawning beds; redear sunfish good on small jigs on spawning beds; crappie slow with some success on jigs 2 feet under a bobber near deep water brush.

Montrose Lake: 77 degrees; water level high; water muddy; catfish fair, all other species slow; fishing pressure light.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 75 degrees; water level high; water clear; catfish good, all other species fair.

Truman Lake: 71 degrees; water level high; water dingy; smallmouth bass fair; all other species slow; the lake level is 718.33.

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 70 degrees; water level high; water clear; catfish good, all other species fair.

River

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 67 degrees; water level rising; water muddy; blue catfish and bluegill good on worms; all other species slow.

Northeast Region

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake: 74 degrees; water level high; water muddy; all species slow.

Hunnewell Lake: 75 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; channel catfish good using earthworms; largemouth bass good using crankbaits; bluegill good using earthworms; crappie fair using marabou jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake: 68 degrees; water level high; water dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, leeches and bluegill; hybrid striped bass good on shad lures; black bass fair off points; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake: 64 degrees; water level high; water muddy; small crappie fair using jigs and minnows; channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits, stinkbaits and sunfish; flathead catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits and sunfish; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 70 degrees; water level high; water dingy; crappie fair along Hwy. T rocks using minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper): 64 degrees; water level falling; water muddy; the river is inaccessible at boat ramps due to being at flood stage; channel catfish fair on live baits and nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; sunfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Salt (below Mark Twain): 64 degrees; water level normal; water muddy; blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on cut shad, green sunfish and goldfish; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Northwest Region

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake: mid 70s, dingy; channel catfish good on liver and cut bait; black bass good on the dam and in shallow water; bluegill good on worms, but are small.

Lake Paho: 68 degrees; channel catfish continue to hit on nightcrawlers, and to a lesser extent on commercial stinkbaits; most catfish are in the 1 1/2-2 pound range; largemouth bass continue to be caught in the shallow water adjacent to cover on spinnerbaits and soft plastics, with the occasional hybrid striped bass being caught as well; crappie are being taken in the very early morning and late evening during low light conditions and have been in the 7-10 inch range with an occasional 13-15 inch fish taken.

Mozingo Lake: 69 degrees, high and dingy on the north end, clear on the south end; channel catfish good; black bass good; crappie fair; walleye fair; bluegill good.

Pony Express Lake: 70 degrees, high water levels, dingy; crappie good on minnows; bluegill good on worms in shallow areas; black bass good on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

Smithville Lake: 68 degrees, 14 inches high and falling; crappie fair with fish being caught in 10-foot plus water on minnows and jigs; catfish good on cut shad and nightcrawlers; recent rains have raised water levels of incoming tributaries which seems to have increased the channel and blue catfish bite; largemouth bass fair on a variety of plastic baits; white bass fair on lake points with shad imitations; walleye fair with some fish being taken on larger points with nightcrawlers or Rattle Traps.

Rivers

Grand River: 74 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead and blue catfish good on live baits; channel catfish good on dip baits; carp fair on worms.

Missouri River (upper): 69 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; flathead catfish fair on worms and live bait; blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow.

Ozark Region

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 80 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic baits.

Norfork Lake: 79 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic baits.

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski County): 70 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas County): 68 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits; goggle-eye fair on spinnerbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Bryant Creek: 74 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits.

Current River: 72 degrees; water level normal; water clear; smallmouth bass good on swimbaits.

Eleven Point River: 59 degrees; water level normal; water clear; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species good.

Gasconade River (middle): 71 degrees; water level high; water dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits.

Gasconade River (upper): 71 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass, goggle-eye and sunfish good on soft plastics and live bait.

Jacks Fork River: 68 degrees; water level high; water clear; all species good.

North Fork of the White River: 68 degrees; water level normal; water clear; smallmouth bass and google-eye good on soft plastic baits.

Southeast Region

Lakes

Clearwater Lake: 82 degrees; water level falling; water clear; crappie slow on assorted jigs in willow thickets and off of points; channel catfish slow on nightcrawlers; largemough bass slow on topwater plugs; all other species slow.

Council Bluff Lake: 76 degrees; water level normal; water clear; largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics; redear sunfish fair on worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake: 76 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie fair on minnows, goldfish and jigs in 1-3 feet of water; bluegill and redear sunfish fair in 1-3 feet of water on jigs, crickets and worms close to the shore; largemouth bass fair in 1-3 feet of water on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; channel catfish fair in 2-8 feet of water on worms, crickets and stinkbait; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on Cypress Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool No. 1: 77 degrees; water level high; water clear; all species slow.

Lake Girardeau: water level normal; water clear; bluegill good on worms and crickets; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; all other species slow.

Perry County Lake: 74 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; sunfish good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake: water level normal; water dingy; bluegill fair on crickets and waxworms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; 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: 76 degrees; water level falling; channel catfish good using nightcrawlers and live bait on jug lines and trotlines at night and near rocky areas; bluegill good using crickets and worms in the brush; black bass fair using crankbaits and plastic worms early and late in the day; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9-inch 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): 72 degrees; water level normal; water clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on plastic baits; channel catfish and bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 72 degrees; water level high; water dingy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut baits; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; all other species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma): water level high; water clear; black bass good on live baits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Middle): water level falling; water muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species fair.

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

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake): 75 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; channel catfish fair 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): 74 degrees; water level high; water dingy; channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbaits, chicken liver and worms; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live small goldfish or sunfish; all other species slow.

Southwest Region

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 75 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass good on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and jigs; crappie fair on minnows near brush piles; white bass fair on Alabama Rig (three hooks only) with white plastic grubs, small Rapalas, and while trolling; walleye fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits; all other species slow.

Lake Taneycomo: 52 degrees; water level high; water clear; trout good in the upper portion of the lake on black, olive/white and gray marabou jigs when drifting with the current, black/chrome and white/chrome Rooster Tails and Rapalas also working well; trout good in the lower portion of the lake on fluorescent orange, chartreuse, white and pink Power Bait nuggets; all other species slow.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 70 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass good on main lake points; catfish good; walleye good on flats; crappie fair, best while fishing over brush.

Stockton Lake: 74 degrees; water level high; water clear; walleye good on jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers; black bass good on topwater lures and flukes; crappie fair while trolling with crankbaits; catfish fair on nightcrawlers and small bluegill.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 70 degrees; water level high; water dingy; black bass good on crankbaits that dive 10-12 feet, soft plastic crayfish or salamanders, Shakey Head soft plastic worms in watermelon colors in 10-14 feet of water and white spinnerbaits with a gold blade thrown against rocky bluffs are also working well, also try topwater baits with a Zara Spook type lure; catfish good on trotlines, limb lines or pole and line, flathead catfish good on live bait, channel catfish good on chicken liver, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, shrimp and cut shad; crappie fair on live minnows, also try soft plastic minnows and jigs in 20-22 feet of water; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 72 degrees; water level high; water muddy; black bass good on topwater lures, flukes and poppers; bluegill good on live worms around docks; white bass fair on spoons; walleye fair on topwater lures early in the morning.

Rivers

James River: 72 degrees; water level high; water clear; black bass good on topwater lures in low light, also try buzzbaits and Zara Spooks, fish gravel points in 8-15 feet of water in early morning using Carolina rig with soft plastics and nightcrawlers or football jigs; white bass good on Rattle Traps or while trolling in 5 feet of water; catfish good on live minnows and nightcrawlers, try drifting and trotlines; bluegill good on worms and crickets in 4-5 feet of water along the banks; crappie fair on jigs and minnows on brush piles and lay downs in about 8 feet of water and on the banks.

Niangua River: 60 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass good on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye good on minnows and soft plastics; trout good on bright colored Power Baits.

St. Louis Region

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: channel catfish good on doughbait and livers; black bass good on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill good on worms.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7 and 23: 78 degrees; water level high; water dingy; channel catfish good on doughbait and livers; black bass good on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill good on worms. Please remove your trash.

Rivers

Big River: 72 degrees; water level falling; water dingy; channel catfish good on doughbait and livers; black bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on worms; all other species slow on natural bait.

Bourbeuse River: 72 degrees; water level falling; water dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and livers; black bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms; bluegill good on worms; all other species slow.

Meramec River (Crawford County): 71 degrees; water level falling; water dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow.

Meramec River (St. Louis County): 71 degrees; water level falling; water dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and livers; black bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms; bluegill good on worms; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region): 71 degrees; water level falling; water muddy; the river is still over flood stage; most of the ramps are inaccessible; all species slow.

Missouri River (Lower): 71 degrees; water level falling; water muddy; all species slow due to flooding conditions; most fishing ramps remain closed.

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees; water level normal; water clear; Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: gold plated black and yellow colored and orange colored marabou jigs; white colored, and easter egg colored glo balls; brown with orange tail colored, brown with brown tail colored, and Jimi Hendrix colored Rooster Tails; chartreuse brassie; white floss; blue, red and gold colored Cracklebacks; brown midge; Zone 3 baits that are popular are Gulp minnow grubs, Berkley Power Bait white extra scent, trout nuggets. June fishing Hours are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Moss cutting is scheduled for June 25-26. We will begin around 8 a.m. and finish by 3 p.m. Thank you for your patience.

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; fishing is slow; the spring branch is green in color and has good flow; remember to use light weight line and tackle; fish are holding deep in areas of swift water and near submerged habitat, target these areas for best success; feather jigs in black and white, brown and yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in orange/white, green/white and yellow are good choices; tightlining doughbait in swift water is producing fish in the late afternoon; fishing hours for June are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For more information call (573) 265-7801.

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees; water level normal; water clear; the river level is slightly above normal, the water is clear; 2 pound 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. June fishing hours are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees; water clear; the stream level is staying high and most of the holes are very deep this spring; more weight is needed in a lot of these holes and you will need at least one 3/0 and maybe two of them to get to the bottom; best colors on the soft plastics have been, pink, orange peel, orange, white and chartreuse; when the water is high, black, brown and skunk colored Rooster Tails will always catch a few trout; fluorescent orange and fluorescent pink are doing well; orange, white, cheese, fluorescent yellow power eggs and power worms are working well; hatch brown works very well in the hatchery area; jig fishing with tan, black/yellow, white, olive green and dark brown is working well; flies working well are black wooly buggers, dark brown, and olive wooly buggers are also working well; nymphs to use would be copper johns, pheasant tails, sow bugs, prince nymphs, and burlaps; in Zone 3 use nightcrawlers, corn, Power Bait paste and nuggets with heavy weight.

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