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

Fish Info

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/18 Prospect Report: Binder Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/31/16 Prospect Report: Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Suckers
Channel Catfish
Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/24/19 Prospect Report: Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Best Bets

Walleye
Channel Catfish
Paddlefish
Suckers
Spotted Bass
Largemouth Bass
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Blind Pony Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

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.
Blue Springs Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Blue Springs Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Blue Springs Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
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.

10/23/19 Prospect Report: Brookfield City Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
Largemouth Bass

Region

Northwest
Based on Annual Survey.

11/1/13 Prospect Report: Bryant Creek

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bryant Creek

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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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.