Fishing Reports & Prospects

Fishing success varies with the experience of the angler, gear, method, weather, and a hundred other variables. We hope the information found here will help anglers make informed decisions and improve success rates.

Our biologists sample fish populations, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 Missouri bodies of water every year. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

If a particular body of water is not mentioned, do not assume it detracts from that body. There are far too many bodies of water in Missouri for our biologists to survey each of them. Ultimately the test of any lake or stream is to fish it.

Based on Weekly Reports & Annual Surveys

Narrow Your Choices

Fish Info

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Atkinson Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

9/17/14 Prospect Report: August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
White Crappie
Muskellunge
Flathead Catfish
August A Busch

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/13 Prospect Report: Austin Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Austin Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/18/13 Prospect Report: Belcher Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Belcher Branch Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/22/14 Prospect Report: Ben Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Ben Branch Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
 
Bennett Spring State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

Park 417-532-4418
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/14 Prospect Report: Big Piney River

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Big Piney River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

74º

Water Level (Range)

falling
Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Prospect

Good
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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So you've acquired some fishing gear, learned how to cast and studied your quarry. Now it's time to arm your fishing pole for action.