Muskie Lakes in Missouri
Fellows Lake is four miles north of Springfield on Highway 65, .5 miles west on Highway AA, then north on County Road 197. It has a large population of mature fish including 50”+ fish that have been caught and released. The lake is 820 acres with a launch ramp and picnic area. It is regulated by the city of Springfield and there is an annual boat permit required and you are limited to 40 hp motors. Originally stocked in1996, the lake has a 36” limit.
Pomme de Terre Lake is located in Hickory County in the southwestern portion of the state. This 7,790 acre lake has many access points, marinas and offers all forms of water related recreation. It has a large population of mature fish including 49”+ fish that have been caught and released. Length limit is 36”.
Henry Sever Lake is located in the northeast corner of the state in Knox County. It is one mile north of Newark on Route KK. This 162 acre lake is located on 1,115 acres of public land. This lake produces mature fish
in the mid to upper 40” range There is a launch ramp and primitive campground. Idle speed only for motors 10 hp and larger. Originally stocked in 1996, there is a 36” length limit.
Hazel Creek Lake is 2.5 miles north of Kirksville on Highway 63 and then 1.5 miles west on a gravel road marked by a sign. This 515 acre lake has two launch ramps but no other services. This is a trolling motor only lake. Originally stocked in the 1960”s this lake produces mature fish
in the mid to upper 40” range. Minimum length for a keeper fish is 36”.
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, Lake 35, is in the St. Louis area. From Highway 40-61, take Highway 94 south, make a right on Highway D and go about 1.5 miles to the entrance. This lake was first stocked in 2001.
Lake Girardeauis near Cape Girardeau and 7 miles west of Jackson on Highway 34, then 6 miles south on Highway U. Watch for signs. This 162 acre lake has a boat ramp and picnic areas. Originally stocked in 1995, it has a 42” limit. 2003 update - Will no longer be stocked due to low usage and poor survival.
Binder Community Lake is west of Jefferson City. Take Binder Road off Highway 50 and go .5 miles to Rainbow Drive. Turn left and the entrance gate is across the first bridge. The lake is 150 acres and has a boat ramp. Originally stocked in the 1996 it will take a while for fish to reach the 36” limit. 2003 update - Will no longer be stocked due to low usage and poor survival.
Pony Express Lake is in the northwest corner of the state. It is 9 miles west of Cameron on Highway 36, north on Highway 33, then 1 mile on Route RA (marked with a sign). There are several lakes totaling 290 acres. There are boat ramps, rentals and a picnic area. This lake is mature producing fish in the low 40’s. Length limit is 36”. 2003 update - Will no longer be stocked due to low usage, poor survival and water quality problems.
Lower Taum Sauk Lake is in the southeastern part of the state in Reynolds County. This 200 acre lake was first stocked in 1998. To get there, take Highway U north of Lesterville to the junction of Highways U and A. Turn left on Highway A to get to the 1340 acre area. There is a boat ramp. 2003 update - Will no longer be stocked due to low usage and poor survival.
Pomme De Terre Chapter of Muskies, Inc. is a non-profit conservation organization that promotes catch and release fishing for Muskies.