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

Water Level (Range)

falling
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Water Surface Temp

84º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Bulls Shoals Lake (East)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Prospect

Good
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

11/1/16 Prospect Report: Maple Leaf Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Catfish
Maple Leaf Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

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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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