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, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 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

Largemouth Bass

Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Paho
Lake Remembrance
Lake Springfield
Lake Taneycomo
Lawson City Lake
Little Compton Lake
Little Dixie Lake
Longview Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Meramec River
Mozingo Lake
Nodaway County Lake
Norfork Lake
Missouri map
Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Pony Express Lake
Ray County Lake
Rt. J Reservoir
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Shoal Creek location
Smithville Lake
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Missouri map
Stockton Lake
Table Rock Lake
Towell Lake
Unionville City Lake
Valley Water Mill Lake
Wappapello Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Muskellunge

August A Busch
Fellows Lake
Hazel Creek Lake
Henry Sever Lake
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Northern Hogsucker

Current River (lower)
Current River (middle)

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)
Courtois Creek
Current River (lower)
Current River (middle)
Eleven Point River
Gasconade River (Laclede County)
Jacks Fork River
James River
Niangua River
Osage Fork of the Gasconade River
Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon Area)
Shoal Creek location
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Paddlefish

James River
Lake of the Ozarks
Table Rock Lake
Truman Lake

Rainbow Trout

August A Busch
Bennett Spring State Park
Blue Springs Creek
Crane Creek
Current River (upper)
Eleven Point River
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Lake Taneycomo
Little Piney Creek  (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)
Meramec River (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)
Mill Creek  (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)
Montauk State Park
Niangua River
North Fork of the White River
Roaring River State Park
Roubidoux Creek (Red Ribbon Area)
Spring Creek (Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area)
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes

Redear Sunfish

August A Busch
Austin Lake
Binder Lake
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Happy Holler Lake
Hazel Hill Lake
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Lake Girardeau
Lake Remembrance
Lake Showme
Lake Springfield
Little Dixie Lake
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Missouri map
Towell Lake
Valley Water Mill Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake

Sauger

Mississippi River (upper)

Shovelnose Sturgeon

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Smallmouth Bass

Big Piney River (Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area)
Big River
Courtois Creek
Current River (lower)
Current River (middle)
Eleven Point River
Gasconade River (Laclede County)
Gasconade River (Phelps/Pulaski County)
Huzzah Creek
Jacks Fork River
James River
Meramec River
Niangua River
North Fork of the White River
Osage Fork of the Gasconade River
Shoal Creek location
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Table Rock Lake

Spotted Bass

Big River
Bourbeuse River
Bull Shoals Lake
Clearwater Lake
James River
Meramec River
Norfork Lake
Shoal Creek location
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Table Rock Lake

Walleye

Bull Shoals Lake
Current River (lower)
Fellows Lake
Forest Lake - Thousand Hills State Park
Lake Jacomo
Lake Showme
Longview Lake
Mozingo Lake
Norfork Lake
Smithville Lake
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Stockton Lake

Warmouth

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

White Bass

Clearwater Lake
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Longview Lake
Smithville Lake
Stockton Lake
Wappapello Lake

White Crappie

August A Busch
Blue Springs Lake
Harrison County Reservoir
Indian Creek Lake
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Jerry P. Combs Lake
Lake Jacomo
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake Showme
Longview Lake
Mark Twain Lake
Missouri River (Middle)
Nodaway County Lake
Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Pony Express Lake
Smithville Lake
St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes
Thomas Hill Reservoir
Truman Lake
Wappapello Lake
Watkins Mill State Park Lake

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