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.

10/22/19 Prospect Report: Lake Showme

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Lake Showme

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/15/19 Prospect Report: Lake Springfield

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Lake Springfield

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.

9/30/19 Prospect Report: Lake Taneycomo

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
Lake Taneycomo

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

11/22/19 Prospect Report: Lawson City Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Lawson City Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Limpp Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Limpp Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/19 Prospect Report: Little Compton Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Little Compton Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

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

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Little Dixie Lake

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Little Dixie Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Little Piney Creek  (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

10/10/19 Prospect Report: Loggers Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Loggers Lake

Region

Ozark
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/19 Prospect Report: Long Branch Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Blue Catfish
Common Carp
Long Branch Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

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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.