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

74º

Water Level (Range)

low
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Sunfish

Prospect

Fair
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Sunfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Council Bluff Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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.