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.

Black Crappie

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

Blue Catfish

Hunnewell Lake
Lake of the Ozarks
Long Branch Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Mississippi River (upper)
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Missouri River (Lower)
Platte River
Truman Lake

Bluegill

August A Busch
Binder Lake
Blind Pony Lake
Crowder State Park Lake
DiSalvo Lake
Happy Holler Lake
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Remembrance
Lawson City Lake
Manito Lake
North Bethany City Reservoir
Perry County Lake
Rt. J Reservoir
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
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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
Montauk State Park
North Fork of the White River
Roaring River State Park

Catfish

Maple Leaf Lake

Chain Pickerel

Current River (middle)
Eleven Point River
Sims Valley Lake

Channel Catfish

Atkinson Lake
August A Busch
Big River
Binder Lake
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Blind Pony Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Bourbeuse River
Crowder State Park Lake
Edwin A. Pape Lake
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park
Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)
Happy Holler Lake
Harrison County Reservoir
Hazel Hill Lake
Higginsville City Lake
Hunnewell Lake
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Kansas City Urban Fishing Lakes
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Paho
Lake Remembrance
Lawson City Lake
Limpp Lake
Little Compton 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)
Mozingo Lake
Nodaway County Lake
North Bethany City Reservoir
Platte River
Pony Express Lake
Salt (below Mark Twain)
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Sims Valley Lake
Smithville Lake
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Stockton Lake
Towell Lake
Unionville City Lake
Wappapello Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake
Willow Brook Lake

Common Carp

Atkinson Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Limpp Lake
Long Branch Lake
Longview Lake
Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Platte River
Pony Express Lake
Salt (below Mark Twain)

Crappie

Blind Pony Lake
Bull Shoals Lake
Che-Ru Lake
DiSalvo Lake
Fellows Lake
Hunnewell Lake
Norfork Lake
Stockton Lake
Unionville City Lake

Flathead Catfish

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

Freshwater Drum

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

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
Binder Lake
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Blind Pony Lake
Blue Springs Lake
Bourbeuse River
Bull Shoals Lake
Che-Ru Lake
Edwin A. Pape Lake
Fellows Lake
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park
Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)
Hamilton City Reservoir
Happy Holler Lake
Harrison County Reservoir
Hazel Creek Lake
Hazel Hill Lake
Higginsville City Lake
Hunnewell Lake
Huzzah Creek
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Paho
Lake Remembrance
Lake Springfield
Lake Taneycomo
Lawson City Lake
Limpp Lake
Little Compton Lake
Longview Lake
Manito Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Meramec River
Mozingo Lake

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