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

Fish Info

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Current River

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Northern Hogsucker
Walleye
Current River

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/26/17 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Golden Redhorse
Northern Hogsucker
Walleye
Smallmouth Bass
Current River (lower)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/26/17 Prospect Report: Current River (middle)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Chain Pickerel
Northern Hogsucker
Current River (middle)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/26/17 Prospect Report: Current River (upper)

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Current River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Deer Ridge Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/27/17 Prospect Report: DiSalvo Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
DiSalvo Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Chain Pickerel
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Warmouth
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Region

Southeast

Information

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

10/27/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Eleven Point River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Chain Pickerel
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Eleven Point River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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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.