Elk River


Posted by Phil Lilley on September 19th, 2011
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Missouri’s Big Sugar Creek and Elk River

The Elk River and its tributary, Big Sugar Creek, is probably the most popular waters to float in Western Missouri.  On any given weekend in the summer, you’ll find these rivers full of enthusiastic canoeist enjoying the cool outdoors on this Ozark river.

But it’s not just the canoeist and kayakers who love this river. . .  anglers love the smallmouth, largemouth bass and goggleye fishing that if offers.

The river is dotted with big riffles and long holes for fishermen to fish, as well as wood and rock structures that give fish a place to live and hide from predators.

The lower part of the Elk offers white bass and hybrid opportunities in late spring and early summer as well as a  very good population of other bass that move up out of Grand Lake to both spawn and feed after spawning.

The Elk and its tributaries waters are generally clear except after a good rain but it loses its turbidity fairly quickly because of its fast moving current and rocky bottom.

For the most part, the river is wide enough for fly casters to have room to do their thing, casting for bass, goggleye and good sized blue gill.

This is an electronic reprint of a Missouri Department of Conservation document. More or updated information on this topic can be found at the Missouri Department of Conservation web site located at: mdc.mo.gov. Copyright 2003 by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri.

River Levels

Elk River near Tiff City, Mo

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