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

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

high
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Walleye

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bulls Shoals Lake (West)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/17 Prospect Report: Che-Ru Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
White Crappie
Che-Ru Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
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: Lake of the Ozarks

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
White Bass
Paddlefish
Bluegill
Lake of the Ozarks

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
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

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Norfork Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

80º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Walleye

Prospect

Fair
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

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

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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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