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

10/4/19 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.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Austin Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Austin Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Binder Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/28/16 Prospect Report: Bushwhacker Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Bushwhacker Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/16/13 Prospect Report: Charity Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Charity Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/16/15 Prospect Report: Council Bluff Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Council Bluff Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/14/14 Prospect Report: Crane Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crane Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

9/12/19 Prospect Report: Crowder State Park Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crowder State Park Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/19 Prospect Report: DiSalvo Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
DiSalvo Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Chain Pickerel
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Warmouth
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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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.