10/31/18 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 2019 as it was in 2018.  Electrofishing samples in 2018 caught 176 bass per hour over 8" compared to 168 bass per hour in 2017 .   Five percent of the bass in the 2018 sample were over 15 inches long, slightly less than the percent of the >15" bass sampled in 2017, which was 9.5%.  Bluegill fishing may not be as good as in years past.  Electrofishing samples in 2018 caught 61 bluegill per hour compared to the last 3-years average of 130 bluegill per hour.  The statewide goal for small impoundments is 80 bluegill per hour.   Fishing for channel catfish should still be good with sizes ranging from 15 to 26 inches.  The Department of Conservation stocked 3,000 channel catfish in Binder Lake in October 2018.