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

9/28/18 Prospect Report: Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - Elk Fork

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Walleye
Salt River (Elk Fork)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

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
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.