10/13/20 Prospect Report: Binder Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

Take Highway 50 west from Jefferson City, MO, to the Apache Flats/St. Martin's exit, continue west on Business 50 for 1.2 miles.  Turn right (north) on South Binder Lake Road.  Go 0.3 miles and then turn left (west) on Rainbow Drive.  Go 0.2 miles, crossing over the upper end of Binder Lake, and then turn right on Binder Park Road.  Binder Park Road winds along the west side of the lake where there are docks, a boat ramp, and jetties.

Binder Lake (150 acres) is situated on Dickerson Creek in the Ozark border region of Missouri on 710 acres of Jefferson City parkland.  The park (managed by Jefferson City Parks and Recreation; 573-634-6482) contains numerous amenities including an RV campground, pavilions with picnic tables and barbecue grills, hiking trails, and public restrooms.  The restrooms are open approximately April to November.  The lake (managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation) has a concrete boat ramp, a disabled-accessible fishing dock and jetty, and two courtesy docks to assist boaters.  Largemouth bass fishing should be about the same in 2021 as it was in 2020.  Electrofishing samples in 2020 caught about as many bass as in previous years.   There was no significant increase in the percent of bass that were over 15 inches long in the 2020 survey, so about the same amount of bigger fish will be available.  Bluegill fishing may be better in 2021, there were more caught in the 2020 survey.   Fishing for channel catfish may not be as good as previous years.  During netting surveys, there were very few captured.  However, this fall the Missouri Department of Conservation stocked 4,000 channel catfish in Binder Lake which is 1,000 more than previous years.  Hopefully there will be better fishing in the future.