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.

10/25/18 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.

9/28/18 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.

10/17/18 Prospect Report: Lake Showme

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Lake Showme

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

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

Best Bets

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

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

11/1/16 Prospect Report: Maple Leaf Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Catfish
Maple Leaf Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/18 Prospect Report: Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Blue Catfish
Black Crappie
Mark Twain Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Best Bets

Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

9/12/18 Prospect Report: Savannah City Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish

Region

Northwest

Information

816.271.3100
Based on Annual Survey.

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
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Truman Lake

Best Bets

White Crappie
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Paddlefish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Truman Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981

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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.