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.

10/15/18 Prospect Report: Blind Pony Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
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.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Brookfield City Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
Largemouth Bass

Region

Northwest
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Bull Shoals Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Spotted Bass
Bull Shoals Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Che-Ru Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Che-Ru Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

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

9/21/18 Prospect Report: Henry Sever Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Crappie
Blue Catfish
Henry Sever Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Norfork Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Norfork Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

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

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. Weekly reporting not available.

11/7/18 Prospect Report: Stockton Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
White Bass
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Bluegill
Stockton Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
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.