Fishing in Missouri

Missouri is abundant in rivers and streams, reservoirs and offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the Midwest. Purchase your fishing license online, and plan your next family trip.

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Top Fishing Spots in Missouri

Table Rock State Park
Camping areas allow easy access to the lake and a marina rents different types of boats. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
August A. Busch Conservation Area
The park offers 32 fishable lakes and ponds. You can purchase your fishing license on site at the visitor center.
Sioux Passage Park
A well-known place to fish and boat on the Missouri River. Whether from shore or by boat, anglers can cast a line for catfish, carp, and drum.
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Common Catches in Missouri

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish.
Blue Catfish
Blue Catfish
This is the largest catfish of the family Ictaluridae, reported to grow to 120 lb. (54 kg).
Black Crappie
Black Crappie
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family.
Common Carp
Common Carp
The common carp is a prolific survivor, and able to tolerate many conditions and bottom types, making it an ideal species for pond culture.
Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout
The rainbow trout is an extremely valuable species in any and all of its forms.
Paddlefish
Paddlefish
Paddlefish are one of the largest freshwater fish in North America

Types of Fishing in Missouri

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds are great places for fish to live. Learn where to find fish, tips and more

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Streams & Rivers

Streams & Rivers

River & stream fishing means knowing where the water is moving, and how fish behave in it.

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