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

Narrow Your Choices

Body of Water

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/10/15 Prospect Report: Big Piney River

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Big Piney River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

high
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Prospect

Fair
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Largemouth Bass
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

78º

Water Level (Range)

low
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Level (Range)

falling
Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Water Surface Temp

77º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

79º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Blue River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Crappie
Blue River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Blue Springs Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Water Level (Range)

falling
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
Bourbeuse River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

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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.