Fishing in Pulaski County
Pulaski County offers amazing Ozark Mountains fishing opportunities, filled with scenic overlooks, walking trails, floats and memories to be made.
Check the fishing report and take your pick from the winding rivers and creeks, and find that perfect fishing hole. Our rivers are for those looking for an afternoon get-away to a week-long adventure. Cast a line and relax while floating our beautiful streams.
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The area surrounding the river reminded the French Trappers in the 18th century of their home in Gascone, France. One of the top streams in Missouri for producing big smallmouth bass, the Gasconade makes for a great day on the river.
The smallmouth bass are usually found around fallen logs and boulders. Plastic worms fished Texas-style work well for largemouth bass, which make up about 50% of the black bass population and prefer slower moving water, especially around stands of vegetation. Flathead can be caught using small, live sunfish, while Channel Catfish prefer nightcrawlers, chicken liver and stinkbait.
Gasconade Hill: 10 Miles south of Dixon on Hwy 28, then west on Country Road 28-462.
Hazelgreen River: I-44 Exit 145, then west on South Outer Road to Gasconade River.
Mitschele Access: 5 miles south of Richland on Hwy 7
Riddle Bridge: Hwy Y north of I-44 at the Gasconade River
Sclicht Springs: Hwy 17 north from Waynesville to Hwy 133, then west a mile. Follow signage.
The Big Piney River derived it’s name from the pine trees which grew along its banks. Trees were cut into lumber, and floated to the Gasconade River and eventually on into St. Louis. This is a strikingly beautiful river, so you will not want to leave your camera at home.
The Big Piney is hailed as one of the best smallmouth streams in the Ozarks. There are a lot of slower moving pockets in the river, allowing for great deep diving lures, spinners, and traditional Texas Rigs. Thanks to its wide banks, fly fishermen also feel right at home floating down the scenic waters. If there was one “catch all” river in the area, Big Piney might just be it.
Note: A portion of the river does cross into the Fort Leonard Wood Military Base, and special access must be granted.
Ross River: 2.5 miles west of Duke on County Road TT-82-0N
This river, named after French trapper Joseph Roubidoux, flows up through the south central part of the county and empties into the Gasconade River several miles north of Waynesville. Home to the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association, the Roubidoux Creek is a trout fisherman’s dream.
The Red Ribbon Trout area runs from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile below the Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville to the Gasconade River. Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
The White Ribbon Trout area is upstream of the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile below Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville. All lures are allowed on this stretch. Once you have caught your limit, check out our area restaurants that will prepare and serve your catch of the day, enjoy a glass of Missouri wine and relax.
Another feature unique to Roubidoux Spring is its spring cave which is a popular site for cave diving. The average flow is 37 million gallons per day.
Roubidoux Spring Cave is one of the few places in the state where scuba spring diving is routinely allowed to qualified and certified cavern or cave divers. ALL DIVERS must register at the Waynesville Police Department for permission before entering the spring cave.
Laughlin/Roubidoux: Hwy 17 or Historic Route 66 E. at Laughlin Park.
Roubidoux Access: Hwy 17 south of the steel bridge, one mile north of Waynesville.