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Types of Fish in Missouri

Blue Catfish
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Paddlefish
Pickerel
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Sauger
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
Yellow Bass

Cast your line in Missouri! The show-me state is a great stop for avid anglers that enjoy river fishing. Catching bass, catfish, trout, muskellunge, drum, and bluegill is a common occurrence in Missouri. Many less sought game fish spring from its waters, too. Missouri is full of large rivers, such as the Missouri River and Grand River, but it certainly does not lack exceptional lake fishing.

Bass fishing is one of the best attractions of the state. Both small and largemouth, white, yellow, striped, hybrid and spotted bass lurk in Missouri’s waterways. Largemouth bass can easily be found on Buffalo Bill Lake, along with bluegill, catfish, and the occasional black bullhead. One of the largest state’s largest bodies of water, the Mark Twain Lake, is great for largemouth and white bass, and it is notorious for excellent crappie fishing when the water’s right. Ozark streams are great bass fishing, but their special regulations should be duly noted.

Trout are an appreciated year round option, and to keep anglers happy Missouri stocks trout heavily in their waterways. Lake Taneycomo is hailed as a primer spot for rainbow trout fishing in Missouri, and has the added benefit of being a year round trout fishery. The Roaring River State Park has some great brown and rainbow trout fishing via stocking. A few areas are designated by the state as trout parks, like Montauk State Park and Bennett Spring State Park. Some of Missouri’s specialized regulations are for trout specifically (an extra permit for trout is necessary, even for those exempt from fishing licensure).

Leaping from Missouri’s waters is the paddlefish. Some humongous paddlefish can be found in Truman Lake, and Lake of the Ozarks. Truman has many easily accessed points and public launching ramps on nearby waterways. The basin of the Osage River is great for paddlefish, especially in springtime. Normally the state creel limit for paddlefish is two.

With the Mississippi river running through Missouri you can fish in a beautiful atmosphere, knowing you share the water with many other states! Around the upper section and the St. Louis region of the Mississippi freshwater drum can be found. The Mississippi is also a great location for all three types of catfish Missouri can offer!

Missouri also has fishing in winter, though mostly catch and release (except in designated areas). Some amazing winter trout fishing happens in Missouri. It is a great time to get in some practice, or if you live in a state without winter fishing take a trip here to keep your rod hand limber.

State fishing licenses are required for anyone over the age of fifteen. Additional permits may be necessary for some species and waterways. Daily, annual, and lifetime licenses can be purchased online, by phone, and in person at approved state licensing distributors.

To be a resident you need to have lived in Missouri for a minimum of thirty days. Recreational fishing licenses are available to residents and non-residents alike. Military members are offered discounts, and if stationed in Missouri they qualify as residents.  Missouri does have free fishing days early in June. Always check laws and pay attention to catch limits before casting out!
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Agee Lake


Agee Lake, just 3 miles from Elmer, Missouri, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Agee Lake include Ethel, South Gifford and Atlanta. If Agee Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Rock Creek, Turkey Creek, Huckleberry Creek, Little Turkey Creek, Sand Creek, Walnut Creek, Cottonwood Creek, White Oak Creek, Ward Branch and Painter Creek.
Closest Cities : Elmer 3miles, Ethel 4miles, South Gifford 7miles, Atlanta 9miles, New Cambria 10miles


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Airport Lake


Airport Lake, just 2 miles from Grafton, Illinois, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Airport Lake include Elsah, Portage Des Sioux and Otterville. If Airport Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Illinois River, Askew Branch, Briggs Branch, Metz Creek, South Fork Otter Creek, Dardenne Creek, Mill Creek, Spring Creek, Possum Creek and Coon Creek.
Closest Cities : Grafton 2miles, Elsah 5miles, Portage Des Sioux 5miles, Otterville 7miles, Brussels 7miles


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Allred Lake


Allred Lake, just 5 miles from Neelyville, Missouri, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Allred Lake include McDougal, Pollard and Qulin. If Allred Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Little Hunting Slough, Big Hunting Slough, Big Cane Creek, Cane Creek, Little Cane Creek, Caney Slough, Fish Trap Slough, Pike Slough, Dan River and Burton Creek.
Closest Cities : Neelyville 5miles, McDougal 5miles, Pollard 10miles, Qulin 10miles, Naylor 11miles


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Atkinson Lake


Atkinson Lake, just 3 miles from Schell City, Missouri, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Atkinson Lake include Rockville, Harwood and El Dorado Springs. If Atkinson Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are West Prong Fowler Branch, Fowler Branch, Wells Branch, Lost Branch, Campbell Branch, Miller Branch, Joes Branch, Panther Creek, Granddad Slough and Kitten Creek.
Closest Cities : Schell City 3miles, Rockville 4miles, Harwood 6miles, El Dorado Springs 9miles, Walker 11miles


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August A Busch Lake Number 21


August A Busch Lake Number 21, just 4 miles from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near August A Busch Lake Number 21 include Weldon Spring Heights, Lake Saint Louis and New Melle. If August A Busch Lake Number 21 doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Kraut Run, Cunningham Branch, Little Femme Osage Creek, Femme Osage Creek, Little Dardenne Creek, Schote Creek, Callaway Fork, Wildhorse Creek, Schluersburg Creek and Crow Creek.
Closest Cities : Dardenne Prairie 4miles, Weldon Spring Heights 4miles, Lake Saint Louis 5miles, New Melle 5miles, O'Fallon 6miles


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