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.

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Niangua River

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Niangua River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

9/12/18 Prospect Report: Nodaway County Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Nodaway County Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: Norfork Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
Crappie
Norfork Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/9/18 Prospect Report: North Fork of the White River

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
North Fork of the White River

Region

Ozark

Information

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

Region

Northwest

Information

660.646.6122
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Osage Fork of the Gasconade River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Osage Fork of the Gasconade River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Peno Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Green Sunfish
Suckers
Peno Creek location

Region

Northeast

Information

660.785.2420
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.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Pinewoods Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish

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.