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Fishing in Missouri: Top Spots for Angling in the Show Me State

By    |   Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:36 PM

Every angler has a favorite spot. But next time you’re fishing in Missouri, why not shake it up a bit? Check out one of these amazing lakes in the Show Me State.

1. Lake Taneycomo
If it’s rainbow trout you’re after, there’s no better spot than this White River Valley area lake. January is the best time to head out to Taneycomo, although trout are available there for much of the year if you’re patient, according to Game and Fish magazine. There are also plenty of towns to stay in along the shoreline, including Branson and Forsythe.

2. Harry S. Truman State Park
Surrounded by the water of Truman Lake on three sides, this peninsula of a park is the perfect place to cast your line next time you’re fishing in Missouri. Located near Warsaw, Truman is chock full of amenities, with gear and boat rental, swimming, and plenty of hiking trails available, the Missouri Division of Tourism noted.

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3. Long Branch State Park
Just west of Macon, Long Branch Lake has 2,430 acres packed with bass. Camp for the weekend in the well-kept facilities or spend the day with your family, fishing for trout and hitting the swimming beach. There are picnic facilities, shelters, and trails to hike, too.

4. Lake of the Ozarks
Known for its penchant for holding champion largemouth bass, this 55,000-acre reservoir is also notable for its stock of crappie, catfish, paddlefish, and white bass, The Kansas City Star noted. It’s not the place to go if you’re looking for a quiet atmosphere, since it’s a busy lake packed with people ready for a good time, but if your fishing crew feels like a party, this lake fits the bill.

5. Black River
This scenic spot feels so remote, you won’t even realize you’re within driving distance of St. Louis. With its clear water and picturesque limestone walls, Black River hosts a wide range of game fish, including bass, crappie, walleye, and muskie, the River Valley Region Association noted. Beginning in Reynolds and Iron counties, the river flows south into Arkansas.

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6. Table Rock Lake
Not only is this lake a favorite for locals who love fishing in Missouri, it is also a regular spot for national tournaments. Covering 43,100 acres in the south central part of the state, Table Rock Lake is an excellent choice if you’re fishing for all types of black bass as well as for paddlefish and catfish.

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