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 prospecting surveys

Bigmouth Buffalo

Missouri River (Middle)

Black Crappie

Blue Springs Lake
Deer Ridge Lake
Happy Holler Lake
Harrison County Reservoir
Hazel Hill Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
LaBelle Lake
Lake Showme
Maple Leaf Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Truman Lake

Blue Catfish

Grand River
Henry Sever Lake
Lake of the Ozarks
Little Dixie Lake
Long Branch Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Mississippi River (upper)
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Missouri River (Lower)
Missouri River (Middle)
Missouri River (upper)
Platte River
Truman Lake

Bluegill

August A Busch
Blind Pony Lake
Crowder State Park Lake
Cypress Lake
Deer Ridge Lake
Happy Holler Lake
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
LaBelle Lake
Lake Girardeau
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Remembrance
Lawson City Lake
Little Dixie Lake
Loggers Lake
Manito Lake
Miller Lake
North Bethany City Reservoir
Perry County Lake
Ray County Lake
Rotary Lake
Rt. J Reservoir
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Missouri map
Stockton Lake
Table Rock Lake
Valley Water Mill Lake
Wappapello Lake

Brown Trout

Bennett Spring State Park
Capps Creek
Current River (upper)
Lake Taneycomo
Maramec Spring Park
Meramec River (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)
Montauk State Park
North Fork of the White River
Roaring River State Park
Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon Area)

Catfish

Maple Leaf Lake

Chain Pickerel

Current River (middle)
Eleven Point River

Channel Catfish

Atkinson Lake
August A Busch
Big River
Bilby Ranch lake
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Blind Pony Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Bourbeuse River
Clearwater Lake
Crowder State Park Lake
Cypress Lake
Edwin A. Pape Lake
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park
Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)
Grand River
Happy Holler Lake
Harrison County Reservoir
Hazel Hill Lake
Henry Sever Lake
Higginsville City Lake
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
James River
Jerry P. Combs Lake
Kansas City Urban Fishing Lakes
LaBelle Lake
Lake Girardeau
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Paho
Lake Remembrance
Lawson City Lake
Little Compton Lake
Little Dixie Lake
Long Branch Lake
Longview Lake
Maple Leaf Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Meramec River
Mississippi River (upper)
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Missouri River (Lower)
Missouri River (Middle)
Missouri River (upper)
Mozingo Lake
Nodaway County Lake
North Bethany City Reservoir
Platte River
Pony Express Lake
Rotary Lake
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Smithville Lake
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Towell Lake
Unionville City Lake
Wappapello Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake
Willow Brook Lake

Common Carp

Atkinson Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Long Branch Lake
Longview Lake
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Missouri River (Middle)
Platte River
Pony Express Lake

Crappie

Blind Pony Lake
Bull Shoals Lake
Che-Ru Lake
Fellows Lake
Henry Sever Lake
Norfork Lake
Stockton Lake

Flathead Catfish

August A Busch
Blue Springs Lake
Che-Ru Lake
Edwin A. Pape Lake
Grand River
Higginsville City Lake
Lake Jacomo
Longview Lake
Meramec River
Mississippi River (upper)
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Missouri River (Lower)
Missouri River (Middle)
Missouri River (upper)
Platte River
Smithville Lake
Wappapello Lake

Freshwater Drum

Meramec River
Mississippi River (upper)
Missouri River (Lower)
Missouri River (Middle)

Golden Redhorse

Bourbeuse River
Current River (lower)
Meramec River

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)

Blue Springs Lake
Hamilton City Reservoir
Little Compton Lake
Long Branch Lake
Nodaway County Lake
Perry County Lake
Thomas Hill Reservoir
Truman Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake
Willow Brook Lake

Largemouth Bass

Atkinson Lake
August A Busch
Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)
Big River
Bilby Ranch lake
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Blind Pony Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Bourbeuse River
Bull Shoals Lake
Che-Ru Lake
Clearwater Lake
Edwin A. Pape Lake

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