When anglers aren’t fishing, most of them are either thinking or reading about fishing.
If this describes the type of person you are, the “2016 Fishing Prospects at Selected Missouri Lakes & Streams” is a publication for you. This Missouri Department of Conservation booklet is a good read for those who plan to cast a line into local waters this year.
Most fishing reports won’t start until later in the spring or summer, but this booklet will provide information for anglers who want to do some research in advance. This 87-page publication is exactly what the title says it is; it’s a compilation of reports detailing the fishing prospects at some of the larger lakes and streams in the state. And, best of all, it’s free.
Keep in mind the “Fishing Prospects” book is not a can’t-miss guide to instant success. Just because you read that the crappie population is good at Stockton Lake or black bass surveys show good numbers of large fish at Table Rock, it doesn’t mean you will have a hundred-percent guarantee of catching those species when you go there.
No fishing book or report has that kind of certainty. Fishing success is determined by the experience of the angler, the gear, the methods employed, the weather and a myriad of other variables (including sheer luck).