Missouri

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Missouri Fishing Charters

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Missouri: 17 fishing charters available

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(121 reviews)
Branson
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Dave's Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(248 reviews)
Branson
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(50 reviews)
Branson
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $380

Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
Saddlebrooke
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $380

Catch Mo Fish Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Branson
 Instant Confirmation

Chartered Waters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Branson
 Instant Confirmation

Dodson Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(49 reviews)
Branson
trips from $225

Captain B's Fishing Guide Service 2

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(17 reviews)
Branson
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

All-Out Fishing Charters LLC – Paddlefish

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(20 reviews)
Stover

Stained Water Bowfishing

Branson

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Missouri

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Missouri costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $375, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $536. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Missouri is 21 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bass boat.

According to customer reviews, Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Dave's Guide Service, and Payable Guide Service LLC – 24' are some of the most popular fishing charters in Missouri. Full list of top fishing charters in Missouri.

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Dave's Guide Service, and Payable Guide Service LLC – 24' 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 most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Bass (Largemouth), and Brown Trout. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and drift fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.

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!

 

Missouri
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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Water temperature is very important. Pay attention to this to get the best timing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water temperature is very important. Pay attention to this to get the best timing.
Jeff  Y.
Jeff Y. Kearney, MO
Understand what is hitting at the time of your visit. We were a few weeks too early for the bass.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand what is hitting at the time of your visit. We were a few weeks too early for the bass.
Dick  C.
Dick C. Fennville, MI
Let the captain know what you're fishing for. Dress appropriately and bring you're sunglasses.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Let the captain know what you're fishing for. Dress appropriately and bring you're sunglasses.
Faye  C.
Faye C. Keller, Texas
You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
Very good
4.0 / 5
You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
Cindy  B.
Cindy B. Saint Clair, MO
Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
Travis  O.
Travis O. United States
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Anthony  S.
Anthony S. Fayetteville, AR
Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
David  M.
David M. Fate, TX
Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
Donna  F.
Donna F. Portland, TN
Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
Tim  B.
Tim B. Edmond, OK
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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
Jeff  L.
Jeff L. Belgrade, 00
You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
Katherine  R.
Katherine R. Midland, MI
Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
Brad  M.
Brad M. Malvern, Arkansas
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Ted & Linda Ostby
Ted & Linda Ostby Clinton, Iowa
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Michael  N.
Michael N. Jackson, Michigan
I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
Westover  F.
Westover F. Steelville, Missouri
Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
Robyn  M.
Robyn M. Newton, Iowa
You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Kansas City, MO
Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
Amanda  G.
Amanda G. United States

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Eric was very professional and knowledgeable. We learned a lot and caught many fish. I would recommend him 100% and will hire him in the future. Excellent service!
Ken  K.
Ken K. O'Fallon, MO
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Troy our captain help make my dreams come true I love trout fishing but have never had so much fun catching fish, When. Cold front moved in I was freaking out that we traveled all thee way from Michigan and the fish wouldn't bite but Captain Troy knew what to do and he got us on the fish and w we did very well from trophy size to just the right eating size we caught plenty Thanks again for a perfect day and the confidence to come back soon
John  H.
John H. Marion, MI
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
We had a great afternoon out on the lake with Mike, and very much appreciate him stepping in at the last minute when Eric had a family emergency. Despite recently spawning, Mike helped us find and catch several large mouth bass, crappy and blue gill. Thank you Mike!
Jim  D.
Jim D. Branson, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Eric is awesome! We battled a few storms but his professionalism, expertise and keen understanding of the lake is unmatched. We caught some nice largemouth, my personal best White bass and first smallmouth. A big bass trifecta. Eric is a true professional who lives to fish she teach others! 5 stars!
David  B.
David B. Georgetown, TX
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Great day of fishing Table Rock Lake with Eric. Great communication prior to trip for our meeting place. Boat was a top bass boat with excellent gear provided. He's been fishing the lake for over 2 decades and it showed. Took us to several areas where the fish were biting. Would highly recommend if needing a guide while in the Branson area.
Scott  G.
Scott G. Lilburn, GA
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
Dave made the morning outstanding, we were on fish in no time with only a few lulls in the action. The river was moving at a good clip and he kept us right where we needed to be. Great time, highly recommended!
Jeff  C.
Jeff C. O'Fallon, MO
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
My family is new to fishing. I highly recommend Dave. The boys ages 9, 11, and 11 were super excited to go and were not disappointed! Dave was the best. He was so helpful and was patient with us all! He even got my youngest, who tends to mope, to smile! Thank you for a great time! We will be back and better prepared next time! 😁
Crystal  B.
Crystal B. United States
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
Was a great day! Had us on fish right away. We got are limit to take home and my wife got this 21" beauty
Robert  D.
Robert D. Williamsport, IN
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
Great experience by all. Dave was extremely patient with the younger children. He made sure everyone caught one fish. We recommend Dave!
Bob  H.
Bob H. Adel, IA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Everything went well except the rain had the river flowing fast. Fish weren't biting. That's the luck of the draw.
Farley  G.
Farley G. Fort Payne, AL
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(248 reviews)
Capt. Dave speaks "trotanise", he put us on the fish and we had a great time. I would highly recommend this charter.
Chris  T.
Chris T. Willis, TX
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Had a great trip and glad we took his recommendation to adjust the trip due to all the rain!!
Ronnie  V.  G.
Ronnie V. G. United States
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(248 reviews)
The weather was cool and just a bit windy but Capt Dave was willing and so were we. Our Capt. found the fish and we caught them Captain Dave was not only very accommodating he was also engaging which made the trip that much more enjoyable. We do have a couple of recommendations 1. Life jackets would sure make passengers feel safer 2. Maybe a couple of removable handrails would also be most welcome especially for the older crew. We;'ll be back, .
Doug  T.
Doug T. Yukon, OK
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(50 reviews)
Captain Bruce was excellent. Took 2 of our college age boys and we all had a blast. Had to dea LLP with some off weather but Capt. Bruce hung tough all day. Many Thanks for a Great Day with my boys.
Rob  R.
Rob R. Galena, IN
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
Captain Dave was Awesome! My wife and I are new to Trout Fishing, Dave was very knowledgeable and Patient with us! We caught fish and had a great time. Thanks Captain Dave!
Gary  J.
Gary J. Oklahoma City, OK
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Very good
4.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
We think he could have focused more on crappie fishing and that we could have limited out. Otherwise great time.
Calvin  M.
Calvin M. United States
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(248 reviews)
Thanks captain Dave. We are looking forward to some great fall fishing. See you then !
Dave  Z.
Dave Z. Saint Paul, MN
Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Brian was a fantastic captain. He showed up early, was very knowledgeable and personable. You can tell he enjoys being out on the water and helping people land the fish. We had a good first few runs but the water was running high which slowed them down a little. Despite this we were still catching fish. I strongly recommend Brian if you are fishing out that way.
Adam  C.
Adam C. Swanzey, NH
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
This was the best fishing trip my husband and I have ever been on! We had originally planned on bass fishing, but Jacob said they weren’t really biting and suggested spoonbilling instead. These are the biggest fish we have ever caught! One was 90lbs the other was 85. We also were able to catch a couple bass. Overall, it was a great time and we are looking forward to our next trip already.
Destiny  C.
Destiny C. Benton, AR
All-Out Fishing Charters LLC – Paddlefish
All-Out Fishing Charters LLC – Paddlefish
Fishing charter in Stover
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
WOW! Absolutely the best fishing trip ever! Caught 4 large females including a banded fish. Could not be more happy with our experience!
Jeff  Y.
Jeff Y. Kearney, MO