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

Water Level (Range)

rising
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Big River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

-none-
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Black Bass

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Bilby Ranch lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

Water Surface Temp

79º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Sunfish

Prospect

Good
Binder Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900

Water Surface Temp

68º

Water Level (Range)

high
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

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

68º

Water Level (Range)

normal
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Suckers

Prospect

Slow
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

78º

Water Level (Range)

low
Crappie

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
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
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/17 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
Walleye
Blue Springs Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

Water Surface Temp

75º

Water Level (Range)

rising
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
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.

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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.