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.

10/17/18 Prospect Report: Hazel Hill Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Hazel Hill Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

9/21/18 Prospect Report: Henry Sever Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Crappie
Blue Catfish
Henry Sever Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

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.

10/15/18 Prospect Report: Higginsville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Higginsville City Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Hunnewell Lake

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Hunnewell Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Huzzah Creek

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Huzzah Creek

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/4/18 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
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

10/19/18 Prospect Report: Jacks Fork River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Jacks Fork River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

9/28/18 Prospect Report: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Black Crappie
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/16/18 Prospect Report: James River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Paddlefish
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)
Spotted Bass
James River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

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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.