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
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/16 Prospect Report: Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Suckers
Channel Catfish
Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

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

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Clearwater Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Channel Catfish
Clearwater Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

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.

10/14/14 Prospect Report: Crane Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crane Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/30/19 Prospect Report: Cypress Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Cypress Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/19 Prospect Report: DiSalvo Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
DiSalvo Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

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.

11/4/19 Prospect Report: Jerry P. Combs Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Jerry P. Combs Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/19 Prospect Report: Lake Girardeau

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Lake Girardeau

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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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.