From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
July 1995 Issue

New Beginning for Lake 31

Publish Date

Jul 02, 1995

Revised Date

Oct 20, 2010

Improved habitat and an additional fish species have been added to Lake 31 at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area near St. Charles. The fish introduction will provide a great opportunity for anglers to catch one of the most exciting fish on the end of a line, and the additional habitat will provide comfortable surroundings for the area's newest fish addition.

This is the first time the Conservation Department has stocked smallmouth bass in a lake at the Busch Area. "We thought it would be nice to try to establish smallmouth bass here and give anglers a different kind of fishing opportunity," said fisheries biologist Charles Colby. Fishing here is just for fun; this lake is one of several at Busch which are for catch-and-release fish ing only. Only artificial lures may be used for fishing in Lake 31.

The bass will provide a new angling experience and some valuable information for the Conservation Department. During the spawning season, fisheries biologists will observe the fish to learn what conditions they prefer. The Conservation Department will compare two types of brushpiles by observing where the smallmouth bass spend most of their time. Then, all the structures will be moved to the depths the bass prefer.

Different habitat was provided when the lake was drained. Gravel and rock were added which will provide a place for the fish to spawn. Large, long pieces of wood (pieces typically discarded from sawmills), anchored at various depths with concrete blocks, will provide shade and cover for the spawning bass.

Not only did the fish get an improvement in their habitat, anglers have new fishing jetties which improve the availability of shoreline fishing. Brushpiles, constructed from cedar trees, and hardwoods hug the jetties

Also in this issue

Let the Heritage Card Work for You

The Conservation Department is leapfrogging into the future with an ultra modern, ultra-convenient point of sale permit distribution system. Scheduled to be in place by 1996, the system promises to speed up permit sales and eliminate frustrations for state hunters and anglers.

Sorry About Your Fish

Old Matt skidded his johnboat onto the shore and stalked into the woods, where he cozied into a bed of fresh moss. His feelings had been hurt and he refused to speak for the rest of the fishing trip. Wilhemina's thrust with the net missed the struggling walleye her husband had fought to the boat but caught the rear hooks of the Woogie Boogie in its mouth, allowing the biggest fish he'd ever seen to pry itself free

Targeting Trophy Trout

WARNING: The following article contains graphic descriptions of actual trout fishing. The fish are big; the action is intense. Most of the trout are caught on live bait. Those prone to fainting should sit down before reading further. Fly fishermen should turn to the next article immediately.

Cries in the Night

There is much to learn about bats and their voices.

Missouri's State Family

Missouri's delicate flower, gorgeous bird and pretty tree create a living legacy that ties present to past and future.

Smokin' Fish

If you own a smoker - one of those contraptions designed specifically for slow-cooking fish and other delicacies over wood smoke - you probably already know how to prepare fish that would bring tears of happiness to a gourmet's eyes.

Raising Tadpoles

Know how to care for tadpoles before you collect them.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Kathy Love
Assistant Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Director - Dickson Stauffer
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Composition - Kevin Binkley
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Paul Childress
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Staff Writer - Charlotte Overby
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer