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, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/8/18 Prospect Report: Bourbeuse River

Best Bets

Golden Redhorse
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Bourbeuse River

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Meramec River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Golden Redhorse
Meramec River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
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.