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All about fishing in the Show Me State

  • Big Lake, MO
  • Blue Springs Lake, MO
  • Bull Shoals Lake
  • Clearwater Lake, MO
  • Council Bluff Lake, MO
  • Fellows Lake, MO
  • Forest Lake, MO
  • Hazel Creek Lake
  • Lake Jacomo
  • Lake of the Ozarks
  • Lake Springfield, MO
  • Lake Taneycomo, MO
  • Lake Wappapello, MO
  • Long Branch Lake
  • Longview Lake, MO
  • Mark Twain Lake, MO
  • McDaniel Lake, MO
  • Montrose Lake, MO
  • Mozingo Lake
  • Pomme De Terre Lake
  • Smithville Reservoir
  • Stockton Lake
  • Table Rock Lake
  • Thomas Hill Reservoir, MO
  • Truman Reservoir

Fishing Boats For Rent In Missouri

The state of Missouri offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, spotted gar and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Many of these lakes have marinas offering a wide variety of supplies, services and fishing boat rentals.

Major Missouri Lakes

Missouri major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in MO, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Atkinson Lake is a 450-acre lake in the west-central part of the state at Schell City.

Bean Lake is a 400-acre oxbow in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles southeast of Atchison.

Big Lake is a 646-acre oxbow lake in the northwest part of MO, at Fortescue.

Blue Springs Lake is a 720 acre lake located in the west-central part of the state, just south of Independence.

Bull Shoals Lake is a 71,000-acre lake on the Missouri-Arkansas border, South of Sundown.

Clearwater Lake is 1,630-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, 4 miles west of Piedmont.

Council Bluff Lake is a 444-acre lake in the southeast part of MO, 15 miles west of Belleview.

Fellows Lake is an 860-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 15 miles northeast of Springfield.

Forest Lake is a 570-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 2 miles west of Kirksville.

Hazel Creek Lake is a 530-acre lake, in the northern part of the state, 5 miles north of Kirksville.

Lake Jacomo is a 970-acre freshwater reservoir in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles north of Lee's Summit.

Lake of The Ozarks is a 57,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Lake Ozark.

Lake Springfield is a 318-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, on the southern outskirts of Springfield.

Lake Taneycomo is approximately 2,000 surface acres, located in southwest MO at Forsythe.

Lake Wappapello is an 8,400-acre lake in the southeast of the state, at Wappapello.

Long Branch Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in northeast Missouri, at Macon.

Longview Lake is a 930-acre freshwater reservoir in central MO, on the southern outskirts of Kansas City.

Mark Twain Lake is an 18,000-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, at Stoutsville.

McDaniel Lake is a 300-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 10 miles north of Springfield.

Montrose Lake is a 1,500-acre lake in the west-central part of MO, 2 miles north of Montrose.

Mozingo Lake is a 1,000-acre lake, in the northwest corner of the state, 5 miles east of Maryville.

Pomme de Terre Lake is a 7,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 2 miles south of Hermitage.

Smithville Reservoir is a 7,200-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Smithville.

Stockton Lake is a 25,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Stockton.

Table Rock Lake is a 43,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Kimberly City.

Thomas Hill Reservoir is a 4,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 8 miles north of Clifton Hill.

Truman Reservoir is a 55,600-acre reservoir in the southwest section of the state, at Warsaw.

Fish Species & State Records in Missouri

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 8 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 34 lbs 10 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 77 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 130 lbs 0 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 21 lbs 1 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 6 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 2 lbs 3 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 3 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Stripers

Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 65 lbs 2 oz

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 21 lbs 11 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 0 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 41 lbs 2 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 9 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 140 lbs 9 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 2 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 22 lbs 0 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

View of Table Rock Lake In Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation website also offers a great deal of information about fishing in Missouri.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Missouri and other boating information.

Click here to obtain a Missouri fishing license.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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