Fishing Reports & 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. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

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 Weekly Reports & Annual Surveys

Narrow Your Choices

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Towell Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Towell Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

72º

Water Level (Range)

high
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Truman Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981

Water Surface Temp

72º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Good
White Bass

Prospect

Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Region

Kansas City

Information

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

9/15/17 Prospect Report: Unionville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Unionville City Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/17/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.

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

Water Surface Temp

76º

Water Level (Range)

-none-
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Fair
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Flathead Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Wappapello Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/30/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.
 
Willow Brook Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

fishing rig

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.