Shoal Creek is a swift-flowing stream with its headwaters near Cassville and meandering in a northwesterly direction before leaving the state near Joplin, Missouri. It has large areas of exposed chert bedrock intermixed with pools and runs dominated by chert gravel. Flowing through the Ozark border region it has a diverse fish community that includes all three species of black bass, black and white crappie, a variety of sunfish, rock bass, and both flathead and channel catfish. Surveys conducted in the fall of 2018 found a good mix of black bass and a quality rock bass population. Largemouth bass and spotted bass were more abundant from Allen Bridge Access downstream with smallmouth bass becoming more abundant at further upstream locations. Largemouth bass should provide anglers the opportunity to encounter a memorable fish as several exceeded 17 inches in length. Rock bass (goggle-eye) over nine inches in length were regularly observed in all survey locations. Public access points on Shoal Creek provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation include Smack-Out, Cherry Corner, Allen Bridge, Limekiln, Tipton Ford, and Wildcat Glade.