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
Based on Annual Survey.

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
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (Middle)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

9/21/18 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (upper)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Sauger
Mississippi River (upper)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Lower)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Missouri River (Lower)

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Middle)

Best Bets

Bigmouth Buffalo
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie
Missouri River (Middle)

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - North Fork

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
North Fork Salt River

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

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
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.