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.

10/22/14 Prospect Report: Ben Branch Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Ben Branch Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/15/18 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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/26/18 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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Lamine River

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

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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.