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.

10/27/17 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.

10/16/17 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

Water Surface Temp

73º

Water Level (Range)

low
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Hazel Creek Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Henry Sever Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

Water Surface Temp

80º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Hunnewell Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/27/17 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.

9/15/17 Prospect Report: Lake Showme

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Lake Showme

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

Water Surface Temp

70º

Water Level (Range)

high
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Mark Twain Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

Water Surface Temp

79º

Water Level (Range)

high
Freshwater Drum

Prospect

Good
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.