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

Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: DiSalvo Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Crappie
DiSalvo Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Edwin A. Pape Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Edwin A. Pape Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Eleven Point River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Chain Pickerel
Northern Rock Bass
Eleven Point River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/28/20 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/20 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

10/28/20 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/20 Prospect Report: Hamilton City Reservoir

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Largemouth Bass
Hamilton City Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/20/20 Prospect Report: Happy Holler Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Happy Holler Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Harrison County Reservoir

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Harrison County Reservoir

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.