Fishing Reports & 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. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

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 Weekly Reports & Annual Surveys

Water Surface Temp

84º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Good
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Atkinson Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/3/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Austin Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Austin Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/22/14 Prospect Report: Ben Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Ben Branch Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

low
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

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

10/28/16 Prospect Report: Bushwhacker Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Bushwhacker Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/16/13 Prospect Report: Charity Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Charity Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/14/14 Prospect Report: Crane Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crane Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

high
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Cypress Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Deer Ridge Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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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.