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.

10/23/20 Prospect Report: Bennett Spring State Park

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Bennett Spring State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

Park 417-532-4418
Based on Annual Survey.

10/26/20 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Current River (upper)

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Current River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Lake Taneycomo

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Lake Taneycomo

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Lower Roaring River

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Lower Roaring River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/20 Prospect Report: Maramec Spring Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Maramec Spring Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

573-265-7801
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/20 Prospect Report: Montauk State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Montauk State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

573-548-2585
Based on Annual Survey.

10/6/20 Prospect Report: North Fork of the White River

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
North Fork of the White River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Roaring River State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Roaring River State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

417-847-2430
Based on Annual Survey.

10/14/19 Prospect Report: Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon)

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

573-368-2225
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.