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

Fish Info

Based on Annual Survey.
 
Crowder State Park Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

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.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Current River (lower)

Best Bets

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

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/18 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.

10/17/18 Prospect Report: Current River (upper)

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Current River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Cypress Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

9/26/18 Prospect Report: Deer Ridge Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Bluegill
Deer Ridge Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

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.

10/29/18 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.

10/17/18 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

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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.