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Fishing in Stockton Lake

If you’re heading to Stockton, don’t miss out on a Stockton Lake fishing experience. Located in the southwest of Missouri just two hours out of Kansas City, Stockton Lake is a reservoir covering around 25,000 acres. This huge reservoir is in the middle of 18,000 acres of public land and has good populations of Crappie, Walleye, Catfish, Flathead, Bluegill, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, and more.

What To Expect

You can stay in a lodge overnight or just pop out for a couple of hours of fishing. The fishing here is peaceful with an “off the beaten track” vibe but with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Go sailing, horseback riding, hiking, and take in the nature surrounding you when visiting Stockton.

You don’t need years of experience to come fishing here. Guides are happy to show you the ropes – you’ll be reeling in a catch in no time. The Stockton Lake fishing guides offer trips for 3 people, usually on Bass boats. 

You can’t mention fishing on Stockton Lake and not talk about the Walleye. You can catch these fish throughout the year, even in the height of summer – you’ll just need to look in the right places for them. It’s best to fish with a local guide who can take you to all the best Walleye hidey holes. Find some Walleye and White Bass are surely close behind!

Head to the upper part of the reservoir for the best chance of reeling in good-sized Largemouth Bass, especially from May to June. These and Smallmouth Bass are hard-fighting fish perfect for more experienced anglers to target. Target them on the fly to really give yourself a challenge.

The whole family can enjoy the winter fishing opportunities on Stockton Lake for Crappie – these fish are plentiful from the winter into the spring, when they begin spawning. With numbers so high, the kids won’t have to wait long to reel in their catch.  

How to Prepare

Wherever you fish in Missouri, people over 16 will need a fishing license. 

There are also limits on the fish you can take and the size of the fish. If you choose to fish with a guide, they’ll have the latest information on what needs to be released and of what size.

Local guides also provide all the gear and tackle you need. Be sure to ask if they provide snacks and drinks, or if you’re welcome to bring your own.You’ll also need to pack your own sun protection, and polarized sunglasses are a bonus.

Head over to Stockton Lake today for an unforgettable day of fishing the whole family will enjoy.

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Stockton Lake Fishing Seasons


Winter is a great time to fish Stockton Lake. Fish are plentiful during the colder months and a lot of fun to catch.


Walleye start to spawn this month. These are the stars of Stockton Lake!


The weather might be changing, but the fishing is just as great in Stockton Lake. Target Walleye in particular this month.


There’s a sailing regatta from April onwards on Stockton Lake. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space to fish still! Crappie begin spawning this month.


Crappie finish spawning this month. Come down, wet a line, and reach limits! Largemouth Bass peak this month.


Temperatures reach 84°F – bring along enough water on trips where food and drinks are not provided.


Stockton Lake can reach highs of 90°F this month. Remember to take sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat along with you.


Head over to Springfield for the annual Birthplace of the Route 66 Festival. This is a free event that the whole family will enjoy. 


Love to dance? Drive up to Kansas City for Dancefestopia this month, a music festival in the forest.


As fall arrives with force, get out onto the water for some relaxing fishing. Everything from Walleye to Crappie will be biting now.


As the weather begins to turn, you can still get out on the water and go fishing. Bluegill are good to fish this month.


Fish numbers are high this month – which makes December a great time to go fishing with the kids. When you’re not on the water, enjoy the local Christmas celebrations.

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Reviews of Fishing in Stockton Lake

Afternoon fish on Stockton Lake
David E. fished with Captain B's Fishing Guide Service 3 on April 26, 2019
Go prepared, be respectful of nature and the law. Have a good time and leave it as clean as it was when you arrived.

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