St. Francis River (below Wappapello 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

Fishing for spotted bass and largemouth bass is good for a few miles below Wappapello Dam and fair in the remainder of the un-channelized portion of the river between the dam and Kennett (Hwy. 84). Below the dam, good numbers of 15-18 inch bass are present. Spotted bass are more common from Kennett (Hwy. 84) to the Arkansas state line, with good numbers of fish up to 15 inches. 

There are many 6-8 inch bluegill for several miles downstream of Wappapello Dam. Fair numbers of 6-8 inch bluegill are present throughout the remainder of the un-channelized portion of the river. 

Trotlines and limblines should produce nice stringers of channel catfish.  Anglers can also expect to catch a fair number of flathead catfish

Abundant crappie can be caught directly below the dam in the spring, with some fish reaching desirable sizes.  Large buffalo and gar can be encountered anywhere on the river. 

White Bass and paddlefish can be abundant in the spring below the dam depending on water levels.  For additional information pertaining to the St. Francis River, please call (573) 290-5858 ext. 4434 or email Dave Knuth at  

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Map showing St. Francis River location in southeast Missouri