Ten Great Places to Go Fishing In St Louis, on Lakes & Rivers
from the City to the County. Enjoy!
from the City to the County. Enjoy!
Just over 15 minutes west from Hwy 40 and 270, or 35 minutes from the St Louis Arch, the Busch Conservation area has over 30 lakes to fish from totaling 550 acres of water, and almost 7,000 acres of natural beauty.
Outpost Bait and Tackle (fishing boat rental) is found on the left side of the MO Dept. of Conservation huge visitors center which is surrounded by a pavilion, picnic tables, clean bathrooms and trails (both asphalt and earthen).
Suitable for family gathering events and picnics, dates, or just take a mini-vacation and get away from it all enjoying nature.
Outpost Bait and Tackle offers boat rental too and is open 7 days a week from April 1st (or earlier) through Oct. 18.
Outpost closed after Saturday October 18th
If you've been there you already know something that most don't- this may be the best bait shop anywhere around St Louis. Known for good prices and great selection on live bait, fishing tackle, trolling motors for sale or rent and more.
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Map for Outpost Bait and Tackle
2) Bee Tree Park
This 7 acre lake is convenient for central and south St Louis fishing enthusiasts.
Bee Tree park has a 1.7 mile trail that winds around the lake and to the parking lot. There are some large 200-plus year old oaks by the southwest end of the lake, and the mighty Mississippi is just a stone's throw away. The lake offers Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Carp and Sunfish.
For more info, call 636-441-4554. See map
3) Spanish Lake
Spanish Lake Park has two lakes and is located in North St Louis County. (See map link below). The largest, Spanish Lake sizes in at 34 acres and the other is Sunfish Pond- slightly smaller at 31 acres.
Crappie fishing is what many come for here. Both lakes have fishing docks for the disabled and concrete fishing ramps for those wanting to use a boat. No gasoline engines here but trolling motors are allowed.
Call 314 615 7275 for more info.
Open from 8 AM to one half hour past official sunset.
Map location for Spanish Lake
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4) Jefferson Lake and Forest Park
Except for the tall buildings beyond the park, you might forget you are in the heart of the city of St Louis when fishing the scenic 14 acre Jefferson Lake.
Fishing is also offered in other bodies of water in Forest Park except where posted otherwise. Jefferson Lake is on the east end of Forest Park, by Kingshighway and south of the skating rink.
Fishing here offers mostly bass, crappie and catfish. A Missouri fishing license is required. For permit or license on-line, please visit Missouri Department of Conservation.
Find out more about the fishing here. See location on Map.
See Fishing in St Louis areas 6 through 10 HERE.
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