Blue Springs Creek

 

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Located south of Bourbon, MO on Interstate 44.  Take Highway N south about 2 miles; parking lots are available off of Hwy N and Blue Springs Creek Rd.  

Blue Springs Creek, located in the hills of east central Missouri, offers the opportunity to pursue wild rainbow trout on a relatively small stream. Rainbow trout had been raised at a coldwater hatchery adjacent to Blue Spring in the early 1900s (on what is now the Camp Mihaska property) and over the years, established a naturally reproducing population in the adjacent stream. The hatchery operations have been closed for several decades, and today anglers can access the creek and its self-sustaining rainbow trout on Blue Springs Creek Conservation Area (BSCCA) south of Bourbon, MO on Hwy N on the lower three miles of stream above its confluence with the Meramec River.  Flooding in spring 2017 reduced overall survival but spawning conditions were ideal in late 2017-2018. Anglers can expect to find the majority of fish in the six to 12-inch range.  Some trout longer than 12 inches will be present as well, with a few approaching 18 inches in length.  The wild fish are extremely wary, the water is typically very clear, and there are many low-hanging limbs on this narrow stream so using light line and stealthy approaches to fishing holes are needed for success. Deep holes and/or places with overhead cover near riffles can be found throughout the creek and are likely places to catch larger fish. Anglers are reminded to observe area boundaries on the upper portion of this creek, and to use only artificial flies and lures for any fish species pursued on Blue Springs Creek. The self-sustaining rainbow trout population in Blue Springs Creek has been impacted somewhat by floods in 2015 and 2017 that lowered spawning success and young of the year survival.  A lower than average number of young of the year trout can be found; however, some older year classes remain and should be found in numbers similar to past years. Rainbow trout less than 12 inches long will be make up the majority of trout in the stream, but there will be chances to encounter trout greater than 15 inches in 2019. The wild fish are extremely wary and the water is typically very clear, so using light line and stealthy approaches to fishing holes are needed for success. Deep holes and/or places with overhead cover near riffles can be found throughout the creek and are likely places to catch larger fish. Anglers are reminded to observe area boundaries on the upper portion of this creek, and to use only artificial flies and lures for any fish species pursued on Blue Springs Creek.

Blue Springs Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys