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.

10/25/18 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.

10/25/17 Prospect Report: Hamilton City Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Hamilton City Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Little Compton Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Little Compton 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.

9/12/18 Prospect Report: Nodaway County Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Nodaway County Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Perry County Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Perry County Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/24/18 Prospect Report: Thomas Hill Reservoir

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Truman Lake

Best Bets

White Crappie
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Paddlefish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Truman Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
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.