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

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

high
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Walleye

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bulls Shoals Lake (West)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/15 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/19/17 Prospect Report: Crane Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Crane Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Elk River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Channel Catfish
Elk River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/13/17 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Flat Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass

Region

Southwest

Information

417.895.6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/17 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Hickory Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Hickory Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Prospect

Good
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/23/17 Prospect Report: Kellogg Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Kellogg Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

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

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.