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.

10/26/20 Prospect Report: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/6/20 Prospect Report: Sims Valley Lake

Best Bets

Redear Sunfish
Chain Pickerel
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Sims Valley Lake

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey.

11/5/20 Prospect Report: Smithville Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
White Crappie
Smithville Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Spring Creek (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

11/17/20 Prospect Report: St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Crappie
Paddlefish
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
Based on Annual Survey.

10/14/20 Prospect Report: St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Based on Annual Survey.

10/8/20 Prospect Report: Sterling Price Community Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Missouri map

Region

Northwest

Information

660.646.6122
Based on Annual Survey.

11/2/20 Prospect Report: Stockton Lake

Best Bets

Crappie
White Bass
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Channel Catfish
Stockton Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/29/20 Prospect Report: Table Rock Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Bluegill
Paddlefish
Table Rock Lake

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

10/21/20 Prospect Report: Thomas Hill Reservoir

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Thomas Hill Reservoir

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.