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

Based on Annual Survey.

10/6/20 Prospect Report: North Fork of the White River

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
North Fork of the White River

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/20 Prospect Report: Osage Fork of the Gasconade River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Northern Rock Bass
Osage Fork of the Gasconade River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/27/20 Prospect Report: Perry County Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Perry County Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

11/1/20 Prospect Report: Platte River

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Platte River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/20 Prospect Report: Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Best Bets

Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/22/20 Prospect Report: Pony Express Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Common Carp
Pony Express Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Roaring River State Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Roaring River State Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

417-847-2430
Based on Annual Survey.

10/26/20 Prospect Report: Rt. J Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
Rt. J Reservoir

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

10/7/20 Prospect Report: Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Suckers
Salt (below Mark Twain)

Region

Northeast

Information

573-248-2530
Based on Annual Survey.

10/16/20 Prospect Report: Savannah City Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish

Region

Northwest

Information

816.271.3100

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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.