Bourbeuse River

 

Annual Prospects Report

In 2019, anglers can expect fair to good success fishing for most species. Fishing for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass) should be fair to good on most stretches.  Sampling in 2018 showed slightly lower numbers of bass longer than 12 inches compared to past years, and relatively few bass over 15 inches. Catch rates of small bass were very similar to past years, indicating that there are several younger year classes present that will reach more desirable sizes in future years. Spotted bass are very abundant on the Franklin County part of the river and with the liberal daily limit of 12 fish and no length limit, anglers have the opportunity to take home several meals.   Channel catfish numbers and sizes should be good in 2019.  Sampling showed a notable increase in the number of channels over 20 inches long compared to past years. Flathead catfish were less abundant than channels, but they also showed an increase in sizes available compared to past years. Popular methods to catch catfish include limb lines, set lines, and trotlines. Live sunfish usually work best for flathead catfish; nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and stinkbaits are good for channel catfish. Suckers are abundant and giggers should have a good season when the river is low and clear enough to identify fish properly.  Fishing for crappie should be fair in the many deep, slow moving pools with woody cover. In 2018, anglers can expect fair to good success fishing for most species as indicated in electrofishing samples. Fishing for black bass species (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass) should remain good on most stretches, with good numbers of bass 12 inches long, and a fair number of bass over 15 inches. Spotted bass numbers can be very high on the lower river and with the liberal daily limit of 12 fish and no length limit, anglers have the opportunity to take home several meals.  Flathead catfish and channel catfish numbers and sizes should be fair to good in 2019 as well, with many fish over 16 inches available. They can be caught using limb lines, set lines, and trotlines. Live sunfish usually work best for flathead catfish; nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and stinkbaits are good for channel catfish. Suckers are abundant and giggers should have a good season, when the river is low and clear enough to identify fish properly.  Fishing for crappie should be fair in the many deep, slow moving pools with woody cover.

Latest Report

Water Type

dingy

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Good

Prospect

Slow

Prospect

Good
Other species:
Bourbeuse River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.