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.
The bait shop and 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. Boat rides anyone? It might be one of the best bargains in town.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
This first location may soon be deleted. For the 2017 season, what was formerly the Outpost is now under other management and has had a name change as well.
We've contacted them but have not had any response as to whether they wish to continue to be found here, what they carry, or what their hours are. If you need more info, call the MO Dept of Conservation at 636 441 4554. Thanks!
Want a tour of the area right now? The first 1 minute and 12 seconds of the video at the top is mostly about fishing here.
You can get your Missouri fishing license here too.
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
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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 allowed but trolling motors are OK.
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're 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.
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5) Creve Coeur Lake
Creve Coeur Lake is a large 320 acre body of water centrally located in St Louis County. (see map link below).
This oxbow lake formed from the Missouri river is reported to be the largest naturally formed lake in the state.
It is stocked by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. Carp, catfish, bass and crappie are caught, and this lake has a few backwater areas that are preferred by some fishermen.
Park hours are from 8 AM to 30 minutes past official sunset.
Creve Coeur Lake map
See Fishing in St Louis areas 6 through 10 HERE.