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.

10/2/18 Prospect Report: Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon)

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

573-368-2225
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/26/18 Prospect Report: Rt. J Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Rt. J Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Suckers
Salt (below Mark Twain)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - Elk Fork

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Walleye
Salt River (Elk Fork)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - Middle Fork

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Middle Fork Salt River

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Salt River - North Fork

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
North Fork Salt River

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/12/18 Prospect Report: Savannah City Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish

Region

Northwest

Information

816.271.3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Schell Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/23/18 Prospect Report: Shoal Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Shoal Creek location

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

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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.