Fishing Reports & 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. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

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 Weekly Reports & 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

Water Surface Temp

74º

Water Level (Range)

low
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Sunfish

Prospect

Fair
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

low
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

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

10/31/17 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

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

Water Level (Range)

high
Lamine River

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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