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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Lower South Grand River

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Paddlefish
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Longnose Gar
Bigmouth Buffalo
Lower South Grand River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: South Fabius River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Green Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
South Fabius River

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Ted Shanks Conservation Area

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
White Crappie
Ted Shanks Conservation Area

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530

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

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.