Best Missouri Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)


Branson, MO     –      Rating 9.5

Branson, Missouri has grown to become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the midwest.  There is something to do in Branson for the entire family.  There is plenty of entertainment with tons of live shows in the numerous theatres.  There is plenty of shopping, restaurants and golf courses. For the fishermen, you have the option of fishing Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo or Bull Shoals Lake.  You can catch a variety of fish depending on what lake you decide to fish.  Some of the species to catch are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, trout, white bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill.

Bull Shoals Lake     –     Rating 8.75

Bull Shoals Lake is located on the border of Missouri and Arkansas.  You can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking or just relaxing around the lake.  This region has plenty of places to stay, boat rentals and restaurants so you can plan a trip here, but don’t expect to find bigger towns with tons of stores.  This is an uncrowded destination, making it a wonderful place to get away from it all.  Just plan accordingly with the things you will need for a week on the lake.  Bull Shoals Lake is an awesome multi-species fishing lake.  Many different species of bass are available to go along with walleye, catfish, trout and panfish.

Lake of the Ozarks     –     7.75

Lake of the Ozarks is an extremely popular vacation destination in Missouri.  It is only about a 3 hour drive from St. Louis, making it a convenient getaway destination for those living in and around the city.  The lake is very popular among fishermen and boaters, but there are plenty of other things to do here such as golfing, shopping, dining and just relaxing around the lake.  Bass fishing tournaments are common throughout the summer months.  Recreational anglers target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill, rock bass and catfish.


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