Missouri has a plethora of lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, streams and creeks to fish in. The state boasts as having some of the best bodies of water in the country for catching many different species of bass. Missouri is of course home to some of the most famous lakes in the country (if not the world) with Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake (near one of the biggest tourist attractions in the US – the city of Branson).
If you are looking to go fishing for some trout, a couple of the best spots in the state are in some of the streams in south central Missouri. Last we heard, these streams are stocked nightly, making them some of the best places to go trout fishing in the country.
However, if trout is not your thing and your’re really a crappie and largemouth bass person. Then the southeast section of the state may be for you.
Either way you look at it, the state of Missouri has an incredible amount of places to go fishing, most of which have public access.
For a list of licenses, fees and where to buy, see our Missouri Fishing License page.
The locations below are listed alphabetically and just a sampling of the many places to go fishing and some of the species you can catch in Missouri.
Places To Go Fishing In Missouri
Lake of the Ozarks: This is a relatively small body of water at only 24 acres. What it may lack in size, it makes up in quality of fish. It has great rainbow trout fishing, which are stocked regularly. Another thing that makes this lake a prime body of water for fishing is that it is a “no wake” lake. This means that no motor boats are allowed. So only fishing from shore, kayak, canoe, etc are allowed – making for prime fishing opportunities without the noise of boat engines roaring by.
Popular Species To Catch: Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch
Many more locations to come. If you have any favorite spots or bodies of water that you think should definitely be on this page, please send us a note.
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