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.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Austin Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Austin Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/10/15 Prospect Report: Big Piney River

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Big Piney River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/2/18 Prospect Report: Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Largemouth Bass
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/1/13 Prospect Report: Bryant Creek

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bryant Creek

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Bull Shoals Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Spotted Bass
Bull Shoals Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Bulls Shoals Lake (East)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Current River

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Northern Hogsucker
Walleye
Current River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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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.