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.

10/23/19 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

9/30/19 Prospect Report: Crane Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Crane Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Elk River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Channel Catfish
Elk River

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

9/19/19 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Flat Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/25/19 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/19 Prospect Report: Hickory Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Northern Rock Bass
Hickory Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

9/19/19 Prospect Report: James River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Paddlefish
Northern Rock Bass
Spotted Bass
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/17 Prospect Report: Kellogg Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Kellogg Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

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Based on Annual Survey.

10/15/19 Prospect Report: Lake Springfield

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Lake Springfield

Region

Southwest

Information

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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.