Tracking River Smallmouth
year’s hatch depends solely on water conditions — in particular, a sudden cold snap or muddy floodwaters can kill eggs and fry.
Ozark Smallmouth Bass Fishing Map
For a free map guide of smallmouth bass stream fishing, angling information, and regulations for Missouri, email our publications staff at Pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov, or mail your request to Publications, Missouri Department of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.
Find MO Fish App
This free phone app shows you a map of Missouri with the locations of public boat ramps to the major lakes, rivers, and streams of Missouri. The map also shows you the exact location of underwater fish structures the Missouri Department of Conservation has established over the years. These fish-attracting structures act as habitat for fish. With the geo-location feature, you can guide your boat right up to your favorite fish attractor and start fishing. Try it now and get hooked on fishing in Missouri. Visit mdc.mo.gov/node/15421 for links or visit your Android, Blackberry, or iTunes store to download.
Buy Permits Online!
See our list of available fishing permits and buy yours online at mdc. mo.gov/fishing. Fishing permits, unless noted otherwise on the permit itself, are valid from the date of purchase through the last day of February. Permits may be printed and used immediately.
Smallmouth Bass Study Findings
- The majority of smallmouth bass were harvested early in the season.
- Wade/bank fishing is the most popular method, followed by float fishing, and then powerboat fishing.
- 82 percent of anglers who responded fish for smallmouth bass.
- High water and warming water temperatures triggered smallmouth bass movement in the Current River.
- The fish preferred deeper waters of 5 feet or more.
- Open water, logs, and boulders are used at different times of the day and year.
- The species left Big Spring when river and spring temperatures were similar.