Salt (below Mark Twain)

 

Annual Prospects Report

The Salt River below Mark Twain Lake is separated into two sections: the Reregulation Pool and the lower Salt River.  The Rereg Pool is most popular for crappie, largemouth bass, and catfish species.  There are two access points to the nine-mile long pool.  The Warren G. See South Spillway Recreation Area has a concrete boat ramp at the upper end of the pool, just below Clarence Cannon Dam.  Hunter/Fisherman Access #70 is near the downstream end of the pool and has a concrete boat ramp and gravel parking lot.

Bluff View Recreation Area provides access immediately downstream of the Rereg Dam.  A concrete boat ramp is available, and the area is also popular with shoreline anglers.  A variety of species is present here, including flathead catfish, carp, and the occasional walleye.  Snagging is prohibited from the dam downstream to the Highway A bridge.  Bowfishing is prohibited in the "no boating" zone but is legal downstream of that area.

Public access to the rest of the lower Salt River is limited to Indian Camp Access on Route O (east of Highway 61 - Ralls County) and on the Ted Shanks Conservation Area (Pike County) just two miles upstream of the confluence with the Mississippi River.  At Indian Camp Access, smallmouth bass are common, but most fish will be less than 12 inches long.  Anglers report catching fish up to three pounds, but those are less common.  Flathead catfish, channel catfish, and common carp are also popular in this reach.  Giggers like this reach as they pursue buffalo, redhorse suckers, and other non-game species during the fall gigging season.

Anglers fishing the Salt River from Ted Shanks Conservation Area are more likely to pursue flathead catfish, channel catfish, and common carp.  Sauger and crappie are also possible in this reach in the spring.  Bowfishers pursing bighead and silver carp will find fast action in this reach from mid-summer through the fall.

Latest Report

all species slow.
Water Surface Temp
75º
Water Type
dingy
Water Level (Range)
normal
Salt (below Mark Twain)
Region
Information
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