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, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/18 Prospect Report: Jerry P. Combs Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Jerry P. Combs Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/30/18 Prospect Report: Lake Girardeau

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Lake Girardeau

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (Middle)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/31/17 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Sauger
White Bass
White Crappie
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Perry County Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Perry County Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Robert DeLaney Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Robert DeLaney Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Rotary Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
White Crappie
Rotary Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

11/2/18 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Walleye
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/28/15 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Crappie
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

2/23/13 Prospect Report: St. Joe State Park Lakes

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
St. Joe State Park Lakes

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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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.