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.

10/24/16 Prospect Report: Hickory Creek

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Hickory Creek

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Higginsville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Higginsville City Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

Water Surface Temp

80º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Good
Hunnewell Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

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

10/20/17 Prospect Report: Huzzah Creek

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Huzzah Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

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

10/24/17 Prospect Report: Indian Creek Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Indian Creek Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

Water Surface Temp

84º

Water Level (Range)

low
Jacks Fork River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

Water Surface Temp

78º

Water Level (Range)

low
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Redear Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Prospect

Good
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

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

10/25/17 Prospect Report: Jamesport Community Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie
Jamesport Community Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Jerry P. Combs Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Jerry P. Combs Lake

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.

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.