Fishing 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, perform creel surveys, and conduct other fisheries research on more than 130 Missouri bodies of water every year.

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 Annual Surveys

9/14/18 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.

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

9/27/18 Prospect Report: Hazel Creek Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Hazel Creek Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

9/21/18 Prospect Report: Henry Sever Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Crappie
Blue Catfish
Henry Sever Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Best Bets

Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
fishing rig

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.