St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Annual Prospects Report

Anglers can expect quality fishing for all three species of black bass.  Spotted and largemouth bass are more common in the pool habitats and smallmouth bass are more common in the shut-ins from Hwy. 72 to Silver Mines (Hwy. D).  Black bass greater than 12 inches are common with many greater than 15 inches. Shadow bass (goggle-eye) angling will be fair. Most are 5-7 inches, with some greater than 8 inches. Channel catfish are plentiful from Coldwater Access down to Wappapello Lake.  Most channel catfish are 12-24 inches.  Gigging for northern hog suckers and redhorse should be fair to good from Gruner Ford Access (Hwy. H) in St. Francois County to Wappapello Lake. In 2015, approximately 70,462 fingerling walleye were stocked at Coldwater Access and E Highway. Results from 2017 springtime electrofishing indicate really good survival of walleye from the 2015 stocking.  Captured walleye ranged in size from 11-14 inches and should be getting close to legal size in 2018.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Millstream Gardens Conservation Area in Madison County to Coldwater Access in Wayne County. A fair number of quality white bass can also be caught in the St. Francis River in the spring when they run up from Wappapello Lake.  For additional information pertaining to the lake please call the phone number above or email Dave Knuth at  

Latest Report

water flow fast; black bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.

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St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)





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