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.

11/1/20 Prospect Report: Longview Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Walleye
White Crappie
Common Carp
White Bass
Flathead Catfish
Longview Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/19/17 Prospect Report: Lower Roaring River

Best Bets

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Lower Roaring River

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880
Based on Annual Survey.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Lower South Grand River

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Paddlefish
White Bass
White Crappie
Longnose Gar
Bigmouth Buffalo
Lower South Grand River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

10/15/20 Prospect Report: Manito Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
Manito Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
Based on Annual Survey.

11/2/20 Prospect Report: Maple Leaf Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Catfish
Maple Leaf Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey.

11/4/20 Prospect Report: Maramec Spring Park

Best Bets

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Maramec Spring Park

Region

Trout Parks

Information

573-265-7801
Based on Annual Survey.

10/23/20 Prospect Report: Mark Twain Lake

Best Bets

White Crappie
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Mark Twain Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420
Based on Annual Survey.

10/30/20 Prospect Report: Meramec River

Best Bets

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Golden Redhorse
Meramec River

Region

St. Louis

Information

636-441-4554
Meramec River (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)

Region

St. Louis

Information

573-468-3335
Mill Creek  (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161

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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.