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.

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Platte River

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Platte River

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

10/22/18 Prospect Report: Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Best Bets

Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

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

9/14/18 Prospect Report: Pony Express Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Common Carp
Pony Express Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

9/24/18 Prospect Report: Ray County Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
Ray County Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Rinquelin Trail Community Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Ripley Lake location map

Region

Ozark

Information

417.256.7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/7/18 Prospect Report: Roaring River State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Roaring River State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

417-847-2430
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.
 
Roubidoux Creek

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.