Karen Hoffman asked where the best places to fish in north-central Missouri's state parks were. Here's what Dan Files, one of our northern district supervisors, had to say:
For areas near our state parks, Mark Twain Lake is the best all round for every species, and the lake level has been stable this year which helps.
Long Branch has an accessible fishing dock, is a good catfish lake and has been known to hold a few walleye along the dam. It is also close to Thomas Hill Lake which is a cooling lake for a power plant. This means there is a warm water arm which can be excellent fishing in the winter months.
Wakonda and Thousand Hills State Parks are also good for bluegill, bass and crappie. They also have boat rentals and fishing docks as well.
Most other state parks in the North have small ponds or streams and are close to community lakes which can be hidden gems. The recent availability of affordable fishing kayaks or canoes makes these fishing holes even more accessable.