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.

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.

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Walleye
Paddlefish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Suckers
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Castor River (above Zalma)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Clearwater Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Channel Catfish
Clearwater Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/16/15 Prospect Report: Council Bluff Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/29/18 Prospect Report: Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Chain Pickerel
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Warmouth
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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fishing rig

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.