A sprawling 55,600-acre reservoir, Truman Lake offers excellent fishing for bass, crappies, white bass, stripers and other species virtually year-round. It is considered by many to be the best catfish lake in the state. Marinas and boat launch areas are available to the public. For those who enjoy fishing from the bank, there are over 950 miles of shoreline. Those who prefer to fish from a canoe, kayak, or another fishing boat, there is plenty of easy access. Benton County is a fisherman’s paradise!  There are 55,600 acres of Truman Lake fishing and 54,000 acres of Lake of the Ozarks fishing in Benton County!  Truman and Lake of the Ozarks are home to trophy largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish just waiting for your challenge!

And if a new challenge is what you are looking for, consider spoonbill fishing.  For many years, Warsaw has maintained the title of “Spoonbill Capital of the World.”

Don’t take our word for it.  Check out the MDC fishing report for Truman Lake here or Lake Ozark here!

Here you can fish the way you want, whether you’re looking to fish the banks of the Dam or the Lake of the Ozarks, bring your own fishing boat or rent a boat and or kayak, Benton County really does have it all!

Here is an interactive map courtesy of Destination Crappie with all of the boat launches on Truman.

If you want a little expert advice, call on one of the independent fishing guides. These pros will take you directly to the “hot spots” and even provide tackle and bait.

Here are the most current fishing reports from around Truman Lake:
Sterett Creek Fishing Report
Osage Bluff Fishing Report
Truman Lake Public Fishing Report Facebook Group
Truman Lake Fishing Intel

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Walleye: 6lb 13oz caught on a jug line near Osage Bluff Marina.

The Big Fish of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks


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Fish areas near swift current and deep water in large rivers.  Heavy gear should be used because blues weighing 20 to 50 pounds are common in these waters.


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Also known as “spoonbills” because of the shape of their snouts,  the fish feed on plankton and other microscopic prey and therefore do not take bait from hooks and must be snagged. The best snagging conditions occur when water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees and there is an increase in water flow.  This prompts them to move upstream to spawn. Snagging season runs March 15 through April 30.

Guide Services

Hybrid Mania Guide Services

Phone: 816-263-2049

Jim Cuda

Barry Morrow Fishing Guide

Phone: 660-723-2667

Crappie, Bass and Catfish
Year-Round Guide

Catch ‘Em Guide Service

Phone: 417-699-6203

Crappie & Blue Catfish

Catfish Pursuit

Phone: 816-807-1573

Chris Jones​​ is a licensed, insured, United States Coast Guard Licensed Captains guiding for catfish and spoonbill on the upper Lake of the Ozarks region. He offers year round professional guided catfishing trips (both day and night) at the Lake of the Ozarks (Drake Harbor in Warsaw, The Old Oar House Inn in Warsaw, WigWam Access in Laurie, Brown Bend Access in Climax Springs, Pirates Point Marina in Sunrise Beach, Larry A. Gale Access in Camdenton, Mimosa Beach Condo’s in Climax Springs),

He provides all of the fishing equipment you will need, which includes bait. You will fish with a minimum of 6 rods, and up to 8 rods, depending on conditions. He also offers spoonbill snagging trips from March 15th thru April 30th and provides all necessary snagging equipment.

Catfish Safari Guide Service


Phone: 660-723-2701

Catfish Safari is a professional catfish fishing guide service in central Missouri, offering year-round daytime rod and reel catfishing trips on the beautiful Harry S. Truman Reservoir and Osage river, with the option of cabin style lodging on Truman Lake.

Cody’s Guide Service


Phone: 660-723-9960

I am a catfish, spoonbill, and hybrid guide service serving Truman lake and lake of the Ozarks.

Fat Slabs Fishing Guide


Phone: 660-723-1469

Crappie, catfish & spoonbill

Faulkenberry Endless Season Guide Service

Phone: 660-351-5420

Faulkenberry’s Endless Season Guide Service. Owner Jeff Faulkenberry is dedicated to providing a memorable outdoor experience on and around Truman Lake.

Mark Huey’s Guide Service


Phone: 913-306-3897

Fish on Truman Lake for crappie, catfish and white bass with Mark Huey, guiding since 2006.

Richard Bowling’s Guide Service

Phone: 660-351-5361

Richard Bowling has been fishing and hunting on Truman Lake for more than 20 years. Truman Lake is located in west-central Missouri between Kansas City and Springfield. This lake is one of the finest fisheries in the country.

Rogers Guide & Gear


Phone: 417-296-0062

Crappie & Walleye

Steve Blake Guide Service

Phone: 660-525-0692

Call Steve at 660-525-0692 for a GREAT day of fishing on Truman Lake.

Steve has been a full-time guide for 30 years on Harry S. Truman Reservoir.

The Reel Fishing Guide


Phone: 913-954-7212

Truman Lake Guide Service

Since 1985. I have been fishing the waters of Truman Lake, the home of some of the largest hybrids around. Crappie and White Bass inhabit the lake in large numbers. It would be my pleasure to take you on a fun-filled day of fishing, or a half-day if you prefer.

I provide a 2011 Nitro 20-ft. boat with a Mercury 200-hp Optimax XS for your safety and ability to search the lake from one end to the other in a timely fashion. The boat is equipped with a two Lowrance Sonars/GPS to assist in finding the fish. I will also provide fishing tackle.

Wiper Sniper Guide Service

Phone: 660-229-2295

I am a Captain with the USCG. I provide Professional Hybrid Bass Fishing Guide Services to amateurs and professionals on Truman Lake in Warsaw, Missouri. I have created a unique ” Daily Fishing Calendar” which gives the daily best times for being at your favorite fishing spot based on accurate lunar and solar daily peaks, as well as the best days and times of lunar influence monthly to help catch the “big ones”. It not only is an interesting testament to the art of hybrid bass fishing but in itself acts as a very real “guide” and one great key to greater catches and limit reaches in fishing Truman Lake. Timing is everything.