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.

9/14/18 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.

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Bennett Spring State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Bennett Spring State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

Park 417-532-4418
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/8/18 Prospect Report: Blue Springs Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Blue Springs Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/15 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Crane Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Crane Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/17/18 Prospect Report: Current River (upper)

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Current River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Eleven Point River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Chain Pickerel
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Eleven Point River

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Hickory Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Hickory Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/28/18 Prospect Report: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Black Crappie
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Lake Taneycomo

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
Lake Taneycomo

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

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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.