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Missouri Fishing Charters

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Missouri: 29 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
(276 reviews)
Branson
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5.0 / 5
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Branson
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trips from $225
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4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Branson
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trips from $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(331 reviews)
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4.9 / 5
(39 reviews)
Branson
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trips from $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(86 reviews)
Branson
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
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trips from $380
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5.0 / 5
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Branson
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trips from $225
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5.0 / 5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Missouri

According to customer reviews, Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Excel Fishing Charters, and Real Deal Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Missouri. Full list of top fishing charters in Missouri.

The average price for a private 4 hour Missouri fishing trip is $412, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $634 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Excel Fishing Charters, and Real Deal Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Missouri.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Drift Fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 26609 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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I would wait another week or two for the walleye. Or talk to the captain about when a good time for trout but would highly recommend fishing with captain Eric. He was phenomenal
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would wait another week or two for the walleye. Or talk to the captain about when a good time for trout but would highly recommend fishing with captain Eric. He was phenomenal
Greg  L.
Greg L. Alliance, OH
Definitely give Captain Chris a try! He’ll find you some fish for sure!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely give Captain Chris a try! He’ll find you some fish for sure!!!
Jude  H.
Jude H. Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Book with Captain Mike Doll he gets 10 ??????????.We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Mike Doll he gets 10 ??????????.We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Barbara  B.  W.
Barbara B. W. Roseto, PA
Timing the weather and temperature is the key to good fishing at Table Rock Lake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Timing the weather and temperature is the key to good fishing at Table Rock Lake
Mike  Z.
Mike Z. Phoenix, AZ
Only a 4 star instead of 5, because I believe we would have caught bigger paddlefish in April compared to March. But it was still great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Only a 4 star instead of 5, because I believe we would have caught bigger paddlefish in April compared to March. But it was still great.
Lee  H.
Lee H. Bloomer, WI
New anglers start with the two hour trip targeting trout. More experienced anglers take the four hour trips targeting the many other species of fish available in the area.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
New anglers start with the two hour trip targeting trout. More experienced anglers take the four hour trips targeting the many other species of fish available in the area.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. Nekoosa, WI
Definitely do it. I loved how big and beautiful the lake was I'm more of an out doors person so having this option to go on a fishing trip while being in Branson was great! It was cold but was still a blast and still caught nice bass.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely do it. I loved how big and beautiful the lake was I'm more of an out doors person so having this option to go on a fishing trip while being in Branson was great! It was cold but was still a blast and still caught nice bass.
Anita  B.
Anita B. Altus, OK
Hire a guide. Generally will get you on fish for not much more money than renting a boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a guide. Generally will get you on fish for not much more money than renting a boat
John  J.
John J. Westphalia, MO
Call a professional, don't go it alone. It's big, it's deep. Pay, ask questions catch fish..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call a professional, don't go it alone. It's big, it's deep. Pay, ask questions catch fish..
Jessie  N.
Jessie N. Bushong, KS
Fish Table Rock if you want to target small mouth bass and Taneycomo if you want to catch brown and rainbow trout.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish Table Rock if you want to target small mouth bass and Taneycomo if you want to catch brown and rainbow trout.
Jason  C.
Jason C. Kenner, LA
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
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
Go with a guide to learn the area and style of fishing. Dress warm for November fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide to learn the area and style of fishing. Dress warm for November fishing!
Rachelle  C.
Rachelle C. Columbia, Missouri
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

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
It was great, caught my limit. Told Eric we would send him more fishermen and are contacting him the next time we were in Branson.
KERVIN  G.
KERVIN G. Edmond, OK
Badock’s Guide Service
Badock’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Captain Badock did a great job this morning finding and getting us into some nice spotted (Kentucky) bass on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Conditions made the bite difficult and the fish were a little skittish but Bryan kept trying until he found the fish and the methods that worked for us. He is hard working, skillful, and personable. We had a lot of fun and caught a half dozen good fish. Great time !
Mark  W.
Mark W. Murrysville, PA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
I really joyed the fishing experience with Captain Eric. He was very knowledgeable about the area. I caught some nice spotted bass and had a great time. We had a nice afternoon to fish. Wrong time of year for the walleye or trout but that is a learning experience on my end for time of year to come to Branson Had a great time. Thank you so much for the experience and will definitely book again our next trip to Missouri’
Greg  L.
Greg L. Alliance, OH
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
Captain Dave took great care of us. Fishing was as he said it would be and he worked hard to keep us on the fish.
David  M.
David M. Clarksville, AR
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
4 hours of fishing and catching approximately 36 trout made this a very relaxing experience. Highly recommend to anyone looking for fishing here in Branson.
Susan  Z.
Susan Z. Colorado Springs, CO
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
Captain Bruce was amazing. Even though the day started out slow with no bites(such it is with fishing sometimes), He worked so hard to find us an area to find fish and we eventually had success! He was so patient with our kids and they had so much fun!! It was a memorable trip and we will book again!
Theresa  B.
Theresa B. Beaufort, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
Was an excellent experience. Eric shared his knowledge and he knows how to find the big bass. I would recommend it for sure.
Paulo  C.
Paulo C. Branson, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
Mike was an awesome guide. Very personable and did everything he could to get us fish. Even though the bite was slow, he still made sure we were able to get some fish.
Justin  M.
Justin M. Branson, Missouri
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
Captain Dave, Thank you for taking me on this awesome journey. Next time we go out for more time.
Victor  C.
Victor C.
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
Very nice trip, unique way of trolling, we had never seen that method before and it worked really well. Captain Bruce was very knowledgeable.
Terry  M.
Terry M. Alvin, TX
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
Even though we fished late afternoon, we still caught a lot of fish. Well taken care of all day. Highly recommend.
Matt  K.
Matt K. The Woodlands, TX
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
He's good. We'd stop at a spot, he'd check his finder for fish. If he saw none, we'd move on to the next spot. If he saw fish, we'd usually catch some. I'd do it again!
John  R.
John R. Albuquerque, NM
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 24' Pontoon
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 24' Pontoon
Fishing charter in Rocky Mount
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a perfect fishing experience with Captain Chis and Captain Abby. We caught lots of fish, enjoyed the lake scenery, and had tons of laughs! Caption Chris offered tons of advice, and was right there to help in any way. There was plenty of poles and fishing gear, making it very easy for everyone. Captain Chris was so accommodating, and made the trip amazing for the experienced fisherman as well as for the beginners. There is no question we will back next year!!!
Tamara  S.
Tamara S. Kalamazoo, MI
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
Capt Dave is a great guide! I would definitely recommend him for folks headed out for a trip, especially with kids. He is great and a very good teacher. Also, he is very patient, which is helpful when fishing with kids. Great trip! Highly recommend and will go again. Also, especially nice… the fish cooperated to make my wife the big winner (fish wise) this Mother’s Day Weekend!
Mark  C.
Mark C. Columbia, Missouri
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(331 reviews)
Dave took us out for a fantastic trip and we caught beautiful trout. Such a fun experience and was so helpful. We're not exactly seasoned fishermen. Thank you for a fantastic day Dave!!
Jeanne  F.
Jeanne F. Branson, MO
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 24' Pontoon
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 24' Pontoon
Fishing charter in Rocky Mount
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Captain Chris and his daughter Rachel. They were both super friendly and an absolute wealth of knowledge about the lake and fishing. We caught a ton of fish and a really big catfish of about 30 lbs. I’d definitely recommend!!!
Jude  H.
Jude H. Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Dodson Guide Service
Dodson Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Robbie was very personable and helpful. Very knowledgeable and consistently put us on the fish!
Bob  S.
Bob S. Branson, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(276 reviews)
Outstanding trip! Capt. Mike put us on fish @ a difficult post spawn time. He was knowledgeable, patient, personable, and funny. Great day, recommended, and would rebook.
Dave  S.
Dave S. Reminderville, OH
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Fishing charter in Branson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
We had a great time! The weather turned out great and Captain Bruce was so great with my 10-year old nephew! He was so excited and Captain Bruce made him feel so special! The smile on his face when he caught an almost 17” crappie was priceless and this aunt really appreciated that the boat had a potty!! The whole experience was great and he was super fast cleaning our catch once we got back to the marina! Thanks Captain Bruce!!!!!
Terrie  W.
Terrie W. Missouri Valley, IA
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 19' Bass Boat
Barber Fishing Guide Service – 19' Bass Boat
Fishing charter in Rocky Mount
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We experienced an excellent trip today!! We caught fish,gained knowledge,enjoyed our guides company, and had an amazing day!!! The Father and Daughter team proved highly successful!! I would highly recommend this guide service!!!
Stephen  L.
Stephen L. St. Louis, MO