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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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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.
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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.
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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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
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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.
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
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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
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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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.
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Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
Amanda  G.
Amanda G. United States

Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 113 reviews
Brian called to confirm our meeting place and time the day before. The scenery was beautiful and he was very knowledgeable of the surroundings and points of interest. He stopped on several hot spots and got us on the fish. We had a fantastic time, he was very personable and kept us laughing the entire time. If you want a great fishing trip with a friendly face this is your guy
Pamela  H.
Pamela H. St Louis, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was great put us in fish first thing very acknowledge of the lake really enjoyed the trip
Dale  W.
Dale W. Munday, TX
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 216 reviews
Had a great time fishing. Dave is one of the best. Was cold and windy but he still got us on the fish. Would highly recommend Dave if you are planning a fishing trip. Will be fishing with him again on our next trip to Branson.
Jerry  D.
Jerry D. El Reno, Oklahoma
Dodson Guide Service
Dodson Guide Service
Fishing charter in Hollister
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
We had a fantastic time fishing with Robbie and he knew the different locations to fish which really helped while we were out on the water 💧. We'll definitely be back to fish 🐟 with him again because he's extremely knowledgeable about the different spots to fish 🐟 and types of bait and lures. He's also got a great personality to visit with while fishing
PAUL  R.
PAUL R. Essex, CT
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Troy was very knowledgeable, and the boat and equipment set up was really nice and made our trip very convenient.
Keith  T.
Keith T. Edmond, OK
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
I came to visit my son from South Florida and surprised him with a fishing trip. I was hoping to make some great memories. I caught more fish in a few hours than I have in my entire life 🤣. My son was surprised and this is a day we definitely won’t forget! Eric was very professional and down to earth. He knows his stuff! Don’t forget to jump in! Life is short. Thanks Eric for a special day on the water with my boy!!!
Danielle  W.
Danielle W. United States
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Great day. Eric did a great job on a tough day of fishing. Thank you Eric.
Paul  G.
Paul G. Branson, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
What a fun evening on the water! Our first time as a fishing an Mike done a great job teaching an getting us to the right spot for the catch! I definitely wanna Bass fish again and if you are looking to book; g no farther, book with Eric’s Elite! Mike was funny, encouraging, and all about taking care of us! If your are looking for a peaceful evening book the afternoon trip a you can enjoy the sunset on the water!! I will be calling these guys when we came back!
Angie  S.
Angie S. Washington, UT
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
The temperature had dropped 20 degrees in two days. We were worried the weather would affect our fishing trip, but Eric had us catching small mouth, spotted bass, and walleye. My husband caught the largest small mouth bass he has ever caught.
Amanda  M.
Amanda M. Finger, TN
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was great chose the 2 hour trip because we didn’t know what to expect we think it is perfect Eric was so patience and very helpful we had a lot of fun and laugh a lot higher recommend Eric
Tim  F.
Tim F. Raytown, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
We had a wonderful time fishing with Captain Eric this morning. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. Eric was a thoughtful and understanding teacher/guide. He helped us catch fish for dinner tonight. We highly recommend his services to anyone - beginner or expert.
Gary  H.
Gary H. Sparta, TN
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 216 reviews
Excellent trip. Very friendly helpful and courteous. We were able to catch our limit. Captain David took care of everything for us today. He baited our hooks and helped with our catch and cleaned our fish the way we wanted. He was great.
Leon  M.
Leon M. Sheridan, IL
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Fishing charter in Saddlebrooke
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
I hadn't been with a guild using a method of trolling for fish like this before. Most of the experience involved reeling in fish. The captain sets up the lines and you reel them in when a fish hits. Similar to deep sea fishing.
David  W.
David W. LA BARQUE CRK, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
We had never fished Table Rock Lake and wanted to give it a try. Captain's knowledge of the lake was phenomenal and his guidance to catching was well assisted with great equipment. Caught Walleye, Bluegill and Bass. We had a great time and hope to come back again sometime. Thanks Erick.
Sally  S.
Sally S. FERNANDINA, FL
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was very knowledgeable of the lake and areas where we could catch fish. He was very patient, super friendly, easy to talk to (and ask questions), and very caring about his passengers. He did everything in his power to make sure this was an enjoyable day. I will certainly recommend to all my friends and family who enjoy fishing! Thanks, Eric, for a great day of fishing!
Diane  L.
Diane L. Denham Springs, LA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Captain Eric was an excellent guide. We caught 21 fish between the two of us. We had 5 keepers and many that were just short an inch. Captain Eric fileted them and we enjoyed them for dinner.
Susan  C.
Susan C. Arnold, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Incredible trip, lots of fish by a very Knowledgeable Pro. We will definitely request to use Eric again. Eric was personable, friendly and helpful . Eric Shared technique so when I am out on my own I will have more success.
Larry  N.
Larry N. El Dorado Hills, CA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Captain Eric is fantastic, got on the boat and got to the first spot and BAM we got fish on. Being new to fishing Tablerock Eric was super knowledgeable about the lake and the species in the lake. We went after bass and walleyes. Caught 15+ bass and walleyes. It was a great trip looking forward to going back out later this fall. Great experience!
Kelsi  O.
Kelsi O. Springfield, MO
Dodson Guide Service
Dodson Guide Service
Fishing charter in Hollister
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
Had an excellent time fishing with captain Robbie. Robbie was super friendly and very accommodating. Would not think twice to book another trip with captain Robbie. We caught several Bass, Catfish and Walleye.
Merle  S.
Merle S. O'Fallon, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
This was SO MUCH FUN! He was an awesome guide and we caught some amazing fish! I would definitely recommend a tour with Eric! We will for sure be coming back!
Jared  R.
Jared R. Malvern, AR

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 $356, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $550. 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 22 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), Brown Trout, and Bass (Largemouth). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and drift fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Missouri.