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.

11/10/15 Prospect Report: Big Piney River

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Big Piney River

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/2/18 Prospect Report: Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Largemouth Bass
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/31/16 Prospect Report: Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Suckers
Channel Catfish
Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Courtois Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Courtois Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (middle)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Chain Pickerel
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (middle)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Eleven Point River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Chain Pickerel
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Eleven Point River

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Elk River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Channel Catfish
Elk River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Flat Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass

Region

Southwest

Information

417.895.6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

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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.