We don’t mean to brag, but Missouri really is one of the greatest states for fishing. Everyone from the amateur enthusiast to the veteran angler can find the perfect fishing experience here. Our lakes, streams and rivers provide the setting for countless afternoons of fishing fun.
At Mark Twain Lake, the crappie and bass are plentiful. You can tow your boat to the lake, or leave the vessel at home and enjoy a day of fishing at one of Mark Twain’s several well-stocked ponds.
The Lake Girardeau Conservation Area offers great fishing. This anglers paradise in Cape Girardeau County boasts a 162-acre lake teeming with bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill; fishing can be done from a boat and a pier.
At the Pea Ridge Conservation Area in Washington County, the fishing is complemented by gorgeous surroundings. Cast your line in the stocked fishing pond while admiring the fantastic flora − hydrangea, wild ginger, pawpaw and black-eyed Susans blossom throughout Pea Ridge. Take an extra day to explore the surroundings, which include a large forest, four springs and a dolomite cliff. This conservation area includes campsites.
Smithville Lake offers plenty of onshore activities to fill your day. In addition to great fishing, visitors enjoy golf courses, biking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.