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.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Blue Springs Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Blue Springs Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

9/23/19 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Deer Ridge Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
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
Based on Annual Survey.

9/12/19 Prospect Report: Happy Holler Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Happy Holler Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/2/19 Prospect Report: Harrison County Reservoir

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Harrison County Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/19 Prospect Report: Hazel Hill Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Hazel Hill Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Black Crappie
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/25/17 Prospect Report: Jamesport Community Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie
Jamesport Community Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

9/23/19 Prospect Report: LaBelle Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
LaBelle Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/19 Prospect Report: Lake Showme

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Lake Showme

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

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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.