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

Narrow Your Choices

Fish Info

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Limpp Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Limpp Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Little Compton Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Little Compton Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/6/18 Prospect Report: Little Dixie Lake

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Little Dixie Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Little Piney Creek  (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/24/18 Prospect Report: Long Branch Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Blue Catfish
Common Carp
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Longview Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Common Carp
White Bass
Flathead Catfish
Longview Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Lower Roaring River

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Lower Roaring River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Lower South Grand River

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Paddlefish
White Bass
White Crappie
Longnose Gar
Bigmouth Buffalo
Lower South Grand River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Manito Lake

Region

Central

Information

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

11/1/16 Prospect Report: Maple Leaf Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Catfish
Maple Leaf Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

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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.