DiSalvo 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.

Area Information

Driving directions: Go south on Route N from Bismarck in St. Francois County, turn west on Grider Road to Lakeview Road, which leads to the area. This 210-acre lake is located on Bismarck Conservation Area. 

Annual Prospects Report

DiSalvo Lake is 210-acre lake 20 miles southwest of Farmington, MO. This lake is heavily fished especially during the spring. Largemouth bass fishing should be fair in 2024.  Bass densities remain low, but anglers will have a good chance at catching quality sized fish (>15”).  In the 2023 spring fish population survey, 40% of the bass collected were > 15”. Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant in the lake. Bluegill 6-7.5” are common, but only a few reach 8”. Redear sunfish in the 9-10” range are common. Black crappie and white crappie are abundant in the lake. White crappie are the most common and make up 70% of the total crappie population. White crappie densities are increasing and angler will catch a lot of seven and eight inch fish.  Few white crappie reach 10 inches.  Both black and white crappie growth rates are poor.  To reduce crappie densities which might result in better growth rates, anglers are encouraged to harvest their daily limits.  This lake supports both yellow bullhead and channel catfish populations. Bullheads are abundant and easily reach 10-12”. Channel catfish are common and fish up to ten pounds are present. A concrete boat ramp, courtesy boat launching dock, and a paved fishing jetty are present at this lake.

Driving Directions

From Bismarck, take Route N south, then Grider Road west to Lakeview Road, which leads to the area.

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DiSalvo Lake lake in southeast Missouri

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