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.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Current River

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Northern Hogsucker
Walleye
Current River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Gasconade River (middle)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (upper)

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Longear Sunfish
Suckers
Gasconade River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
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
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.