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

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

79º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

84º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Longear Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Castor River (above Zalma)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

79º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Clearwater Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/14/14 Prospect Report: Crane Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crane Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

high
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Cypress Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/27/17 Prospect Report: DiSalvo Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
DiSalvo Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

88º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Redear Sunfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
General Watkins Conservation Area

Region

Southeast

Information

573.290.5730

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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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