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, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 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. Weekly reporting not available.

9/26/18 Prospect Report: Big River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Walleye
Paddlefish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Suckers
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

11/8/18 Prospect Report: Bourbeuse River

Best Bets

Golden Redhorse
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Bourbeuse River

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Bull Shoals Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Spotted Bass
Bull Shoals Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Clearwater Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Channel Catfish
Clearwater Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/16/18 Prospect Report: James River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Paddlefish
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Spotted Bass
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Meramec River

Best Bets

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

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Norfork Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Norfork Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/23/18 Prospect Report: Shoal Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Shoal Creek location

Region

Southwest

Information

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

11/2/18 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Walleye
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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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.