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So you want to go fishing in Missouri? Excellent choice – there’s a reason the Show-Me State is known for some of the best Trout fishing in the US. There’s over 400 lakes, more than 115,000 miles of rivers and streams, and plenty of Blue Ribbon waters available; it’s hard to drop a line and not catch a Trout! Some of these waters are pretty famous, including Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake, both worth taking your camera to. Some waters are even stocked daily between March and October – whatever the time of year, there’ll be something to fish for and the chance to catch a lunker!

What to Catch

It’s not just Rainbow and Brown Trout that call these waters home since they were introduced here. You also have Largemouth, White, and Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Walleye, Northern Pike, Paddlefish, Sauger, and plenty more to target. All game fish, apart from Paddlefish during the snagging season, must be hooked in the mouth or jaw – if not, return them to the water unharmed immediately. 

Non-game fish can be caught using a variety of methods, such as bowfishing, gigging, spearfishing, snagging, grabbing, and others. These species include Carp, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Gar, Drum, and others. It’s best to fish with a guide who can inform you about the latest fishing regulations.

What type of fishing is best for me?

You don’t need to be an expert to have a great time fishing in Missouri. Guides are happy to teach you the basics so the whole family can fish together. The state even have “Kids Fishing Days” scheduled to get children into fishing. 

If you want to target a specific species, check out the Blue, Red, or White Ribbon waters. This classification tells you the species to target and the regulations in effect there. A Red Ribbon lake or river is regularly stocked and limited to catch and release, so chances of reeling in a good-sized Trout are high. Blue Ribbon waters support natural Trout reproduction, and White Ribbon have both natural and stocked Trout.

In the winter, family groups can enjoy ice fishing together. You don’t need to have sea legs, as you’ll be on top of the ice instead of on the water. Wear layers, bring a thermos of hot chocolate, and target Crappie, Bluegill, and Panfish. It might be cold but the fishing is action-packed.

Want to really test your skills? Grab your fly fishing gear and head to the North Fork River for Trout and beautiful scenery. It’s not just Trout you’ll target in the Ozarks; these waters are also great for fly fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, as well as Catfish. Catfish are great at giving anglers a good long fight, which on the fly rod is really something.

What to Bring

Whatever fishing you decide to do, you’ll need to bring along a fishing license. If targeting Trout, don’t forget to get the Trout stamp. Some areas will also require a daily Trout tag – your guide will have all the latest information.

Fishing charters in Missouri will provide you with rods and reels. If you’re bringing your own fly fishing gear, have a 2–5 wt line for Trout, and a 6–8 wt line for Carp, Bass, and Catfish.

You’ll usually need to bring your own waders and wading boots. Check with the captain if food and drinks are included in the price.

Head out for a Missouri fishing trip and you’ll be talking about it for the rest of the year!

 

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January

Go ice fishing during the winter for Bluegill, Crappie, and Panfish. This is fun for the whole family. Be sure to wrap up warm!

February

Head into deeper waters for Walleye this month. Striped Bass fishing is also great early in the year.

March

March 1 is the opening of catch-and-keep Trout season – it gets busy during this fun-filled tradition. Paddlefish snagging is big in March, too.

April

The fishing is heating up this month, especially for Crappie. Muskie can be caught during the spring before it gets too hot.

May

Bluegill is a lot of fun to target this month. Trout are always biting in Missouri and the Bass action is heating up.

June

All fishing in June is seen as good fishing! Big Bass can be found as well as Blue Catfish weighing over 100 pounds! Free fishing days are in June.

July

July is a great month for Channel Catfish and Flathead. Keep your bait moving to have the best chance of catching your fill.

August

August continues to be great for anglers all over Missouri. Target Blue Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and plenty of Trout.

September

September is all about the Bass! Smallmouth, Spotted, and Largemouth can all be caught in good numbers now.

October

Walleye comes into its peak now. You can still target Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.

November

November is a good month for Crappie and Channel Catfish. The fishing never stops in Missouri.

December

Head out ice fishing for Crappie, Bluegill, and Panfish. Always check how thick the ice is before heading out to make sure it’s safe, and remember to bundle up.

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Great Day on Table Rock Lake
Anthony S. fished with Dodson Guide Service on May 1, 2021
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There was a lot of pressure on the lake. Robbie kept mentioning how unusually busy the lake was. I think it may be due to folks being ready to shake this pandemic. But again, it was a great time and beautiful lake.
Half day trip with Captain Mike Gold
David M. fished with Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson on March 16, 2021
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Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
Chilly morning trip with Captain Robbie
Sara H. fished with Dodson Guide Service on October 17, 2020
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Dress in layers because it can be chilly in the mornings
Half Day Fishing Trip with Bruce
Jalen B. fished with Payable Guide Service LLC – 22' on September 15, 2020
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Get a guide service or the hot spot flyer at wal mart
Fishing with David
Tim B. fished with Dave's Guide Service on May 26, 2019
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Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
4 hour fishing trip
Jeff L. fished with Dave's Guide Service on May 18, 2019
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Plan for plenty of time and expect different weather. Just enjoy your time on the water. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of it all
Fishing with Bruce
Ted & Linda Ostby fished with Payable Guide Service LLC – 22' on April 7, 2019
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Yes I would recommend fishing in Branson. It was a little slow due to the cold water but crappies are due to spawn shortly guide was very professional boat was great. Scenery and weather was absolutely perfect I would recommend fishing Branson and with a guide could easily get lost on this Lake if you don't know it.
Fishing trip with Captain Bruce
Michael N. fished with Payable Guide Service LLC – 22' on April 5, 2019
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Fishing in April in Branson is great as the weather is moderate and fish are active at various depths due to warming of water. Recommend sun screen and/or long sleeves and head protection

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Missouri

According to customer reviews, Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Payable Guide Service LLC – 22', and Dave's Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Missouri. Full list of top fishing charters in Missouri.

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Payable Guide Service LLC – 22', and Dave's Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Missouri.

The best way to experience fishing in Missouri is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Missouri.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Missouri are:

Bluegill is a lot of fun to target this month. Trout are always biting in Missouri and the Bass action is heating up. Check availability for local fishing charters in Missouri.