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, perform creel surveys, and conduct other fisheries research on more than 130 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

10/21/20 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.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Hazel Creek Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Hazel Creek Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/7/20 Prospect Report: Hunnewell Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Hunnewell Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/20 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.

10/21/20 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.

10/23/20 Prospect Report: Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

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

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/7/20 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
Based on Annual Survey.

10/26/20 Prospect Report: Rt. J Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Rt. J Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

10/7/20 Prospect Report: Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Suckers
Salt (below Mark Twain)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Thomas Hill Reservoir

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

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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.