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.

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Elk River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Channel Catfish
Elk River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/30/14 Prospect Report: Farrington Park Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Farrington Park Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/13/17 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Walleye
Crappie
Fellows Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Flat Creek

Best Bets

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Smallmouth Bass

Region

Southwest

Information

417.895.6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/16/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.

10/24/17 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Gasconade River (Laclede County)

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
Gasconade River (middle)

Region

Ozark

Information

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

10/19/17 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. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (upper)

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Longear Sunfish
Suckers
Gasconade River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
General Watkins Conservation Area

Region

Southeast

Information

573.290.5730

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

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