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.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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
fishing rig

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.