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5 Lakes You Have to Fish in Missouri

Johnny Certo

Posted on October 02 2017

Missouri is a beautiful place of plentiful plains and the Ozark Mountain range. If you're booking a fishing trip to the Shoe-Me State you'll want to check out one of these lakes during your time there.

1.) Lake of the Ozarks

This lake holds some of the best fishing in the country and the summer bass fishing is matchless. Check out this reservoir, created by the damming of the Osage River, and its 1,000 miles of shoreline for bass, shad, and bluegill.

Photo via FunLake

2.) Pomme De Terre Lake

Home to healthy populations of muskie, walleye, and crappie, this body of water has over a surface area of over 12 square miles. Be sure to explore both arms of the lake for the legendary muskie that are known to measure over 30 inches.

3.) Big Lake

Big Lake is the largest oxbow lake in the Show-Me state and is a great place to take the family. Get in a boat and cruise the waters for crappie, carp, and bass.

Photo via Wikipedia

4.) Mark Twain Lake

This body of water is over 29 miles long as is flows from the damming of the Salt River in northern Missouri. Containing catfish, crappie, and bass, this river is a must see if you're fishing in Missouri.

5.) Clearwater Lake

Clearwater Lake is located in southeastern Missouri and has a surface area of 34 square miles. Teeming with spotted bass and largemouth bass, this lake is a go to if you're after trophy bass which can measure up to 15 inches.

Photo via PiedmontMO

These five lakes are a small example of what Missouri has to offer, so be sure to find a body of water near you for exceptional angling.