5 Best Fishing Spots in Missouri

By Samantha Fidler-Newby

5 Best Fishing Spots in Missouri

Whether you’re looking to hook walleye and bass or reel in a big catfish, Missouri has a wealth of opportunities for anglers. The state’s vast lakes, reservoirs, and ponds provide the fisherman with a place to relax and wait for that big catch. Local anglers may not want to share where their treasured fishing spots are, but you can take our word for it. Here are the best fishing spots in the state. 

1. Pomme de Terre Lake, Pittsburg, MO

If you have your tackle and line ready to go, then visit this state park for the best fishing around. With bass, crappie, catfish, walleye, and muskie, the lake is filled with something for everyone. Fishing is allowed anywhere along the waterway or you can enjoy yourself at the fishing pier located in the Pittsburg area of the park. If you need some more bait or just a cool drink, stop by the park store. For extended stays, the park offers around 240 campsites that offer both basic and electrical with water sites.

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2. James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Lee’s Summit, MO

For those who enjoy nature, this spot allows for just that. With some bait and a chair, you can try your skills at catching a variety of fish including, bluegill, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. If one spot is not working for you, then there are several ponds and lakes to try in the area. When you are done for the day, there are several places to stay in Lee’s Summit or you can head up to Kansas City for more options.  

3. Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park

Forest Lake, located in Thousand Hills State Park, provides for a great spot for anglers of all ages. Here you have the chance to catch largemouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, and crappie. Don’t forget to bring plenty of bait as you enjoy hanging out with your best fishing buddy on the shore or out on the lake. If you are planning on staying the night, there are both basic and electric campsites to reserve. However, if you don’t want to camp, you can stay in one of the three hotels located just seven miles away in Kirksville, Missouri.  

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4. Fleming Park, Blue Springs, MO

Fleming Park covers over 7,800 acres of recreational area and is home to Blue Springs Lake, Lake Jacomo and several different fishing ponds. With several different types of fish from flathead catfish to hybrid striped bass in this area, you have the chance to catch something during the day. Also, there is a fishing dock dedicated to those with disabilities, which allows everyone to enjoy this sport. Now, if you want to fish on the water, then you can launch from the boat dock. With the location of this park, there are no campsites available but there are many hotels and motels off site to accommodate everyone. 

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5. Lake Showme, Memphis, MO

With a fish cleaning station, Lake Showme is set to let you come and try to catch some bass, sunfish, or even catfish. Located in Northeast Missouri, this lake has a boat ramp, restrooms, fishing docks and basic camp grounds for everyone to enjoy. Bring lunch and try to catch your dinner, while relaxing in the great outdoors. If you need a place to stay, besides the lake area, then you can find a hotel or motel in Memphis, Missouri located just four miles away. 

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