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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/26/18 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Deer Ridge Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

9/28/18 Prospect Report: Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Region

Northeast

Information

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

9/27/18 Prospect Report: Hazel Creek Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Hazel Creek Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
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.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Hunnewell Lake

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Hunnewell Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

9/26/18 Prospect Report: LaBelle Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
LaBelle Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/17/18 Prospect Report: Lake Showme

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Lake Showme

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/24/18 Prospect Report: Long Branch Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Blue Catfish
Common Carp
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/23/18 Prospect Report: Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Blue Catfish
Black Crappie
Mark Twain Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

9/21/18 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (upper)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Sauger
Mississippi River (upper)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530

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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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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.