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.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Tenmile Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Tenmile Creek

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Thomas Hill Reservoir

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/14/20 Prospect Report: Towell Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Towell Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/28/20 Prospect Report: Truman Lake

Best Bets

White Crappie
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Paddlefish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Largemouth Bass
Truman Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/20 Prospect Report: Unionville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Crappie
Unionville City Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/15/19 Prospect Report: Valley Water Mill Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Valley Water Mill Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/15 Prospect Report: Wakonda State Park

Best Bets

Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Wakonda State Park

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/19 Prospect Report: Wappapello Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Channel Catfish
White Bass
Flathead Catfish
Wappapello Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/20 Prospect Report: Willow Brook Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Willow Brook Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

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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.