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.

10/25/17 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.

10/30/18 Prospect Report: Jerry P. Combs Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Jerry P. Combs Lake

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.
 
Kansas City Urban Fishing Lakes

Region

Kansas City

Information

(816) 622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/17 Prospect Report: Kellogg Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Kellogg Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

9/26/18 Prospect Report: LaBelle Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Bluegill
LaBelle Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/18 Prospect Report: Lake Girardeau

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Lake Girardeau

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/25/18 Prospect Report: Lake Jacomo

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
White Crappie
White Bass
Walleye
Flathead Catfish
Lake Jacomo

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/26/18 Prospect Report: Lake of the Ozarks

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
White Bass
Paddlefish
Bluegill
Lake of the Ozarks

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
 
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Region

Central

Information

573-346-2210

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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.