Best Fishing Spots Around St. Louis

man fishing off boat at sunset

Looking for places to fish around St. Louis? It's no secret that fishing is the key to mindfulness, bliss, and true peace of mind - that's why most who make a habit of picking up a pole and tackle every month can often find themselves visiting the same fishing spots, and in need of a change of scenery to re-center. Looking for a new pond to clear your head? The St. Louis area has no shortage of great fishing spots! So without further ado, we've compiled a list for those wondering where to go fishing near St. Louis.

Suson Park

If you're ever thinking of taking the kids out with you for an afternoon, Suson Park is the place to reel among St. Louis lakes. With schools stoked by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the lake and ponds here are a particularly relaxing spot to cast, but with the addition of a playground and working animal farm - not to mention a lot of ducks who know the area as a prime snack bar - Suson makes for an especially great location for family fishing trips. 

Creve Couer Lake

Boat rentals and vibrant shore fishing provide St. Louis area anglers with a great venue to pull dinner from the deep at Creve Couer Lake, with the addition of a 6-mile water trail that takes casual hikers both across the lake, and up its creek accessible by canoe, kayak, and paddleboard. Pre-fishing meditation is also an option here in the surrounding park, where St. Louis area residents often go to relax with or without a picnic blanket.

Kirkwood Park

Believe it or not, this park hidden away from the city actually stretches a full 92 acres with Walker Lake contained within its borders. That makes Kirkwood Park an especially attractive visit for fishers who set out to catch bluegill in the summer and trout in the winter, especially after being drained a few years ago, and rebuilt for improved water quality and habitation. You might even find yourself here without your tackle box to take advantage of Kirkwood's softball fields, aquatic center, ice arena, or tennis courts.

Busch Wildlife Conservation Area

Located within 25 minutes of St. Louis center, the August A. Busch Wildlife Conservation Area sits atop a string of small- and medium-sized reservoirs that a huge variety of fish call home, including large-mouthed bass, catfish, and musky. Serious fishermen and women have named this area a favorite for years, with many marveling at the sheer number of bluegill that can be hauled in over an afternoon, and the sizes of routinely caught catfish - many weighing in at over 10 pounds. 

Howell Island

A destination for those serious about bringing home trophies and bragging rights, you'll find yourself hauling in two-foot gar off of Howell Island regularly if you know what you're doing. Most anglers here find themselves casting from the causeway across from the Missouri River Backwater, pulling up white bass with precision from this hidden gem known only by locals who have made fishing their passion. 

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