Urban Fishing

Girl with a fish

Every year, tens of thousands of Kansas City and St. Louis residents enjoy quick, convenient access to fishing through Missouri's urban fishing initiative. A network of over 30 urban lakes statewide means more opportunity for Missourians to fish locally than ever before.

Use the interactive map below to locate an urban lake near you.

Before Heading Out

Visit the St. Louis and Kansas City urban fishing pages for information regarding public accessibility, fish stocking, and other local resources.

Anniversary Ahead!

2019 marks 50 years of urban fishing in St. Louis. Be on the lookout for special events and local fish stockings in St. Louis in 2019, and help ring in this fishing tradition by wetting a line in your own back yard.

In This Section

St. Louis Fishing

More than 100,000 urban fishing trips are planned in St. Louis every year. With 17 urban lakes spanning the area, fishing in St. Louis has never been better.

Kansas City Fishing

With a network of 11 urban lakes and regular in-season stocking of catfish and winter trout, Kansas City offers first-rate fishing opportunities without having to leave town.

Urban Fishing Then and Now

It has been five decades in the making since Missouri's urban fishing initiative first took off. Come see what's been happening over the years.

Urban Fishing Brag Board

Land a great catch at an urban lake? Show the world it wasn’t just a “fish story.”

Share your photos with MDC by using #mourbanfishing when posting your latest catch to your social media accounts.

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Winter Trout Fishing Areas

Great trout fishing awaits anglers each winter in many major cities.

Live Bait Dealers

Browse and search for live bait dealers throughout Missouri.

Create and print a personalized certificate to commemorate your first catch.

Master Angler Award

The Master Angler Award recognizes the accomplishments of anglers who catch memorable fish in Missouri.

Fish Bragging Board

Browse photos of the latest fish shared on various social networks.

Discover Nature - Fishing

Missouri's fishing education program helps Missourians gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Advanced skills classes are also available.

Get Started Fishing

Learn the basics of how to fish, and where to look for fish in ponds, lakes and rivers.

Check the Code

This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.

Urban Fishing Events

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