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

10/4/19 Prospect Report: August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
White Crappie
Muskellunge
Flathead Catfish
August A Busch

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/19 Prospect Report: Big River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.
Blue Springs Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Bourbeuse River

Best Bets

Golden Redhorse
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Bourbeuse River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Courtois Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Courtois Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Huzzah Creek

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Huzzah Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/19 Prospect Report: Meramec River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Golden Redhorse
Meramec River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Meramec River (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)

Region

St. Louis

Information

573-468-3335
Based on Annual Survey.

11/11/19 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Lower)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Missouri River (Lower)

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/4/19 Prospect Report: St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
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.