Courtois Creek

 

Annual Prospects Report

Smallmouth bass are the most abundant sport fish in the river and will provide anglers with the best fishing opportunities in 2019. Smallmouth bass were abundant in fall electrofishing samples and make up the majority of all black bass present.  Largemouth bass are rare but can reach good sizes in deep, slow-moving pools or backwater habitat in the lower stream.  Anglers should have good chances of catching smallmouth bass over 12 inches in length, as about one in four sampled were greater than 12 inches.  Fifteen inch and longer smallmouth were somewhat less abundant, with one in 10 being greater than 15 inches. A smallmouth over 18 inches will be a relatively rare find, but a definite possibility if you fish in-stream structure with good flow. Goggle-eye were also abundant during sampling in the lower sections, and the average length of fish was just under seven inches, with a few reaching greater than nine inches in length.  Good numbers of goggle-eye will be of the legal, eight-inch minimum length limit size on the lower creek in Crawford County, as about one in eight fish were greater than eight inches in length.  Fishing for other sunfish, like longear sunfish and bluegill, should remain good as well.  Anglers should target cover, like woody debris, vegetation stands, and boulders, that concentrate fish in the typically clear water of Courtois Creek.  Smallmouth bass are the most abundant sport fish in the river and will provide anglers with the best fishing opportunities in 2018. Smallmouth bass were abundant in fall electrofishing samples and make up the majority of all black bass present.  Largemouth bass are rare but can reach good sizes in deep, slow-moving pools or backwater habitat in the lower stream.  Anglers should have good chances of catching smallmouth bass over 12 inches in length, as about one in four sampled was greater than 12 inches.  Fifteen inch and longer smallmouth were somewhat less abundant, with one in 10 being greater than 15 inches. A smallmouth over 18 inches will be a relatively rare find, but a definite possibility if you fish in-stream structure with good flow. Goggle-eye were also abundant during sampling in the lower sections, and the average length of fish was just under seven inches, with a few reaching greater than nine inches in length.  Good numbers of goggle-eye will be of the legal, eight-inch minimum length limit size on the lower creek in Crawford County, as about one in eight fish was greater than eight inches in length.  Fishing for other sunfish, like longear sunfish and bluegill, should remain good as well.  Anglers should target cover, like woody debris, vegetation stands, and boulders that seem to concentrate fish in the typically clear water of Courtois Creek.

Courtois Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys