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.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Sims Valley Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Chain Pickerel
Bluegill
Sims Valley Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/26/18 Prospect Report: Smithville Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Smithville Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/27/15 Prospect Report: South Fabius River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Green Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
South Fabius River

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Spring Creek (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

11/2/18 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Walleye
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/15 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Crappie
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: St. Joe State Park Lakes

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
St. Joe State Park Lakes

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/14/18 Prospect Report: St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Sterling Price Community Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Missouri map

Region

Northwest

Information

660.646.6122
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

11/7/18 Prospect Report: Stockton Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
White Bass
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Bluegill
Stockton Lake

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.