When you come down to Bass’ River Resort, there is more to do than just camping and floating. The crystal clear waters of the Courtois make for some great fishing! In these streams you’ll find both Large and Smallmouth Bass, Goggle Eye, Bluegill, Suckers, Alligator Gar and Sunfish to name a few. You can also find the occasional trout and catfish, but they are not as heavily populated as the aforementioned species.
Smallmouth Bass are plentiful in the Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec rivers. These fish are found mostly in the clear and cold streams of the Ozarks in the state of Missouri. They thrive in the rock and gravel bottoms of these streams, and are typically found close to the riffles instead of out in the main current. Smallmouth are most active at dawn and dusk. They are the dominant species of large predatory fish in most streams and are the “ecological replacement” for spotted and largemouth bass according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Smallmouth Bass are the most sought-after sport fish in the cool, clear streams here in the Ozarks.
For more information on smallmouth fishing in Missouri, check out: http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2002/02/stream-smallmouths-beginners
When visiting us here at the resort, make sure to ask any questions you may have regarding fishing in the Courtois and in our campground. Fishing is permitted on our float trips (as long as you have a valid Missouri Fishing Permit), and is allowed all along the banks here in the resort. There is a good fishing hole just above the 200s area of the campground!