Fishing Reports & 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. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

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 Weekly Reports & Annual Surveys

Narrow Your Choices

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/3/17 Prospect Report: August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
White Crappie
Muskellunge
Flathead Catfish
August A Busch

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/30/17 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
Walleye
Blue Springs Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Edwin A. Pape Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Edwin A. Pape Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Higginsville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Higginsville City Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Flathead Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Black Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Lake Girardeau

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Lake Jacomo

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
White Crappie
White Bass
Walleye
Flathead Catfish
Lake Jacomo

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/31/17 Prospect Report: Longview Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Common Carp
White Bass
Flathead Catfish
Longview Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

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

Best Bets

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

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/20/17 Prospect Report: Meramec River

Best Bets

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

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Water Surface Temp

85º

Water Level (Range)

falling
Blue Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Flathead Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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