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.

10/10/18 Prospect Report: Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Atkinson Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Blue River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Crappie
Blue River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/18 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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Limpp Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Limpp Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/18 Prospect Report: Long Branch Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Blue Catfish
Common Carp
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/18 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.

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Middle)

Best Bets

Bigmouth Buffalo
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie
Missouri River (Middle)

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Platte River

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Platte River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/14/18 Prospect Report: Pony Express Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Common Carp
Pony Express Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

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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.