Current River

The Current River starts where Montauk Spring enters Pigeon Creek near Salem, Missouri, located in the middle of the state. Its cold water maintains life for rainbow and brown trout, stocked by the hatchery at Montauk. Anglers access the river at Montauk State Park by bank, plus there is more bank access below the park as well as a catch-and-release section. Coldwater springs dot the upper river; Welch Spring doubles the size of the Current while Pulltite, Roundhouse and Cave Spring add even more cold, clear water to it. Cold water becomes warmer as it travels down 184 miles to the Black River. Smallmouth, spotted and largemouth become abundant as well as other warm-water game fish. The Current enters the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a federal mandate protecting the river from development.

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Bentley’s Current River Report

Posted by Darrell Bentley on November 11th, 2014

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I have been very slack on reports this season on the Blue Ribbon section of the Current River. Because I just have not spent time on it this season. The water level is extremely low and clear plus the fishing pressure has been heavy. But I found time Friday to spend about 3 hours fishing from Tan Vat both in the first hole above and two sections below. read more…


BruteFish83’s Current River fishing report, February 23

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 25th, 2014

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by BruteFish83 of OAF  ~~ I was on the river at about seven this morning. The weather was in the low 40s and humid with a heavy cloud cover that lasted much of the morning. I started off with an articulated streamer pattern that I came up with but couldn’t get any takes. I switched to a #16 copper john which paid off with a nice rainbow after nymphing it through some fast water. read more…


Pickerel Are Biting!

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 30th, 2013

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Posted by Hank Franklin, OAF  Cousin and I just returned from the Current above Akers. Caught a chain pickerel, which was a first for me. Not knowing the regulations or ethics we turned him loose. Reading up on it today I guess they’re not as rare as I thought and maybe we should have kept him and ate him. Any thoughts? read more…