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.

10/28/15 Prospect Report: Capps Creek

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Capps Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

Water Level (Range)

normal
Longear Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Black Bass

Prospect

Slow
Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Smallmouth Bass

Prospect

Slow
Castor River (above Zalma)

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/16/13 Prospect Report: Charity Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Charity Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/24/17 Prospect Report: Che-Ru Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
White Crappie
Che-Ru Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

Water Surface Temp

76º

Water Level (Range)

high
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
White Bass

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Bluegill

Prospect

Slow
Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Clearwater Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730

Water Surface Temp

65º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Sunfish

Prospect

Fair
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Slow
Council Bluff Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/20/17 Prospect Report: Courtois Creek

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Courtois Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

11/19/17 Prospect Report: Crane Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Crane Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/14/14 Prospect Report: Crane Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Channel Catfish
Crane Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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