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

Narrow Your Choices

Based on Annual Survey.

10/10/19 Prospect Report: Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Atkinson Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981

10/4/19 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.

10/18/13 Prospect Report: Belcher Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Belcher Branch Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

10/14/19 Prospect Report: Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Largemouth Bass
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/19 Prospect Report: Big River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

9/12/19 Prospect Report: Bilby Ranch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Bilby Ranch lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Binder Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

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

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Blind Pony Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
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

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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.