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

Narrow Your Choices

Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/20 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.

10/6/20 Prospect Report: Bull Shoals Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Spotted Bass
Bull Shoals Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/26/20 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/8/20 Prospect Report: Che-Ru Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Che-Ru Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/20 Prospect Report: Courtois Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Courtois Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/8/20 Prospect Report: Crowder State Park Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crowder State Park Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Rock Bass
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hog Sucker
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Current River (middle)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Chain Pickerel
Northern Hog Sucker
Current River (middle)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Current River (upper)

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Current River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

Region

Ozark

Information

417.256.7161

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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.