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Bass Fishing on a Missouri Lake

The state of Missouri offers a wide variety of excellent 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, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, muskie, paddlefish and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. See fish photos below.

Major Missouri Lakes

Missouri major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Missouri, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Missouri, see the list below.

Missouri Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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

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

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, MO.

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

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

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, MO.

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

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

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

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

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, MO.

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, MO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View of Table Rock Lake In Missouri

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

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Fish for big bass in Missouri

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

Fish Species in Missouri

Fishing for bass in Missouri

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MO State Record: 13 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MO State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

MO State Record: 7 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for catfish in Missouri

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 34 lbs 10 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MO State Record: 77 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 130 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for crappie in Missouri

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MO State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for walleye in Missouri

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MO State Record: 21 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for trout in Missouri

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MO State Record: 18 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MO State Record: 28 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for panfish in Missouri

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MO State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

MO State Record: 3 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

MO State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

MO State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MO State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Missouri

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

MO State Record: 60 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for hybrid striped bass in Missouri

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

MO State Record: 20 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for other species in Missouri

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

MO State Record: 19 lbs 0 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

MO State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

MO State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

MO State Record: 41 lbs 2 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MO State Record: 18 lbs 9 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

MO State Record: 139 lbs 4 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

MO State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

MO State Record: 6 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MO State Record: 22 lbs 0 oz

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