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

Based on Annual Survey.

10/10/19 Prospect Report: Miller Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Miller Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7167
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/20 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (Middle)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

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.

10/7/20 Prospect Report: Mississippi River (upper)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Sauger
Mississippi River (upper)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

11/1/20 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/20 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Lower)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Missouri River (Lower)

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Missouri River (Middle)

Best Bets

Bigmouth Buffalo
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Crappie
Missouri River (Middle)

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

9/12/19 Prospect Report: Missouri River (upper)

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Missouri River (upper)

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/20 Prospect Report: Montauk State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Montauk State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

573-548-2585
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Montrose Lake

Best Bets

Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Montrose 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.