Pomme de Terre lake is known for its excellent fishing. Good stringers of crappie, bass, white bass, bluegill, catfish, and walleye are commonly taken from the lake. Pomme de Terre lake is also noted for its muskie fishing. Muskellunge have been stocked in the lake regularly since 1966 and dedicated fisherman have an opportunity to catch trophy-sized muskie. Fishing on Pomme de Terre Lake is regulated by the Missouri Wildlife Code and enforced by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It is the responsibility of the fisherman to ensue that they are in compliance with all rules and regulations, whether they are fishing in the lake or the river.
Fishing Rules and Regulations
For information on fish population sampling, creel surveys, fisheries management activities, and other aquatic related surveys view the Missouri Department of Conservation's Annual Report.
A special program at Pomme de Terre Lake is the fish habitat program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation to enhance and improve fish habitat on the lake by placing brush piles at various locations around the lake. These brush piles provide various fish species with structures for loafing and a place to escape from predators. A map showing the fish habitat locations is available at our Project Office or by clicking on the following link.
Please follow our policy if you would like to sink your own fish attractors.
Fish Attractor Policy
There are also bank fishing opportunities for anglers who do not have a boat in the form of fishing docks. There are two sets of fishing docks on the lake; Bolivar Landing and below the Project Office on the east side of the dam. Also there is a fishing area available below the dam where anglers can fish in the stilling basin from a fenced concrete sidewalk area. These areas are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be accessible to those who have mobility impairments and may not be able to fish at other locations.