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
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/14 Prospect Report: Ben Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Ben Branch Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Binder Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Blind Pony Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/19 Prospect Report: Lake of the Ozarks

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
White Bass
Paddlefish
Bluegill
Lake of the Ozarks

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Little Dixie Lake

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Little Dixie Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

9/30/19 Prospect Report: Manito Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
Manito Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Middle)

Best Bets

Bigmouth Buffalo
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie
Missouri River (Middle)

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.
Rinquelin Trail Community Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
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.