Cypress Lake


Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing. When stocked in this order and properly managed, these species provide great fishing and good eating.

Annual Prospects Report

Cypress Lake is a 96-acre impoundment located on Otter Slough Conservation Area west of Dexter. The channel catfish population is excellent and rivals that of any small impoundment in Southeast Missouri.  The 2022 survey showed an abundance of fish, with many fish 15-27".  Fish over 20" are very common.  Shoreline anglers do well with typical catfish baits fished shallow or under a float.  The bluegill population is excellent with most fish 6-8".  Fish the shoreline April through early June to catch large spawning fish.  Largemouth bass are in moderate abundance but average larger than many small impoundments with many fish 20" and larger.  Spring fishing along shorelines and brush piles produce some large bass.  Lures that imitate shad are popular.  The white crappie population is very abundant but consists of small fish 6-7".  Fishing is generally excellent for crappie along the shoreline in early spring through early summer.  Consider harvesting the 30-fish daily limit to help reduce the overpopulated small crappie. The lake has a boat ramp, fishing dock, privy and fishing access around the entire lake perimeter.  The lake is closed from October 15 through the end of duck season to provide refuge for wintering waterfowl.

Driving Directions

From Dexter take Highway 60 west, then Route ZZ south 10 miles, then County Road 675 west 2 miles to the Area entrance.  Cypress Lake will be on the left.

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Cypress Lake in Southeat Missouri

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