Barren Fork Creek Restrictions

In Shannon County, there are specific restrictions in place to preserve the integrity of the ecosystem and ensure sustainable fishing practices. Here are the regulations:

General Restrictions

  • Use of Porous-soled Waders: Prohibited in Shannon County.

County Road A-D to Sinking Creek

  • Length: 3.2 miles

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Harvest is limited to maintain maximum trout density, promote catch-and-release fishing, and allow for occasional trophy harvesting.
  • These areas are stocked with brown trout (Current and North Fork of the White Rivers) and rainbow trout (Eleven Point River).

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit: At least 18 inches
  • Daily Limit: 1 trout per person
  • Authorized Lures: Only artificial lures and flies are permitted.

Additional Regulations

  • Only flies and artificial lures are allowed; soft plastic baits, natural baits, and scented baits are prohibited.
  • Gigging, bowfishing, and atlatl use are prohibited; fish caught using these methods cannot be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Bennett Spring State Park Restrictions

Fishing Permits and Trout Tags

  • March 1 to October 31: A fishing permit and daily trout tag are required, except for exemptions.
    • Daily Trout Tag: $4 for adults, $3 for youth 15 and younger.
    • Available for purchase at the park.
  • November through February (Catch-and-Release Season): The annual trout permit replaces the daily trout tag.

Catch-and-Release Season (November 10, 2023 - February 12, 2024)

  • Fishing Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST, Fridays through Mondays.
  • Catch-and-release fishing only.
  • Allowed Lures: Flies only.
  • Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.

March 1 to October 31

  • Daily Limit: 4 trout of all species combined. Fishing must stop after reaching the possession limit.

Fishing Times (March 1 to October 31)

Month Begin End
March 6:30 am CST 6:00 pm CST
April 7:00 am 7:30 pm
May 6:30 am 8:15 pm
June/July 6:30 am 8:30 pm
August 7:00 am 8:00 pm
September 7:30 am 7:15 pm
October 7:30 am 6:30 pm

Allowed Lures

  • March 1 to October 31: Flies, artificial lures, or soft plastic baits, depending on the zone. Refer to the Bennett Spring Hatchery area map for details.

Fishing Methods

  • Only one pole and line per person at any time.
  • Prohibited Methods: Gigging, snaring, snagging, and live bait.
  • Some waters are restricted to specific baits or lures.
  • Using food to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.

Park Hours

  • Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Monday.

Beuth Park Lake (Moberly) Restrictions

Trout Permits

  • Requirement: Trout permits are necessary if trout are retained.

Year-Round Fishing

  • Methods and Limits: Statewide trout methods and limits apply.
  • Fishing Hours: Permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing allowed year-round during regular park or area hours.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • A trout permit is necessary to retain trout.

Big Piney River

Restrictions

From Highway 17 to the Gasconade River:
Length limit: 
Goggle-eye: minimum 8"

From Slabtown Access to the Gasconade River:
Daily limit: 
6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.
Length limit: Smallmouth bass: minimum 15"

Big Piney River Special Management Area map (212.88 KB)

Big River

Restrictions

MAINSTEM AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW:

Daily and possession limit: Black bass: 12 fish including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Size limit: Spotted bass: None

FROM THE COUNCIL BLUFF LAKE DAM TO THE MERAMEC RIVER:

Daily and possession limit: 12 black bass including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass

Size limit: Smallmouth bass: minimum 15 inches

Big River Special Management Area map (205.91 KB)

Black River Restrictions

Within the Wing Walls of Clearwater Dam

  • Restriction: Fishing is not permitted.

Within 700 Feet Below the Spillway Walls of Clearwater Dam

  • Prohibited Methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging, and atlatls are prohibited.

Blue Springs Creek Restrictions

Black Bass Regulations

  • Daily and Possession Limit: 12 fish
  • Species Limit: No more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined

Spotted Bass

  • Minimum Length Limit: None

In Crawford County

  • Restriction: Use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
  • Trout Preservation: On waters with length limits, all trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.
  • Location: From Blue Springs to the Meramec River, covering a distance of 4 miles.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Objective: Maintain maximum density of adult trout, promote catch-and-release fishing, and allow occasional trophy harvests.
  • Stocking: Brown trout in areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers, and rainbows in the Eleven Point River.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit: Minimum 18 inches
  • Daily Limit: 1
  • Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies only

Additional Regulations

  • Only flies and artificial lures allowed; soft plastic, natural, and scented baits are prohibited.
  • Prohibition on gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl.
  • Fish taken by prohibited methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Blue Springs Lake

Restrictions

Length limit: Black bass: minimum 15"
Allowed methods: Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.

Boathouse Lake Restrictions

General Regulations

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Fishing: Stop fishing for all species after possessing 4 trout.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing Hours: Permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Trout Methods: Pole and line fishing allowed using all lure and bait types under statewide limits.
  • Trout Permit: Required to keep trout.

Nov. 1 - Jan. 31 Regulations

  • Single Pole Use: Only 1 pole may be used during this period.
  • Chum Prohibition: Use of chum is prohibited.

Bourbeuse River Restrictions

Mainstem and Tributaries

  • Spotted Bass: No length limits
  • Black Bass: Daily and possession limit of 12 fish, including a maximum of 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined.

Bull Shoals Lake Restrictions

Lakewide: Ozark and Taney

  • Daily Limit:
    • Catfish (channel, blue, and flathead): 10, combined total
    • Crappie: 15 fish
  • Length Limit:
    • Black Bass: Minimum 15" for largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" for spotted bass
    • Crappie: Minimum 10"

Lake and Tributaries: Ozark, Taney, Christian, and Douglas

  • Daily Limit:
    • Striped Bass: Only 3 striped bass allowed in the aggregate
  • Length Limit:
    • Walleye and Sauger: Minimum 18"
    • Striped Bass: Minimum 20"
    • No length limits for white bass, yellow bass, or hybrids.

Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160: Taney

  • Seasonal Restrictions: From February 20 to April 14, walleye and sauger may only be taken and possessed between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Powersite Dam to Highway 76: Taney

  • Prohibited Methods: Trotlines, throwlines, and limb lines.

Capitol Federal Sports Complex Restrictions

Year-round

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept
  • Trout Methods and Limits: Follow statewide regulations
  • Pole Usage: Limited to 3 poles

Length Limits

  • Black Bass: Minimum 15 inches

Daily Limits

  • Black Bass: 2
  • Bluegill: 10
  • Trout: 4

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park hours
  • Trout may be taken using pole and line with various lures and baits under statewide limits
  • Trout permit required to keep trout

Capps Creek Restrictions

  • Porous-soled Waders: Prohibited
  • Trout Preservation: On waters with length limits, trout must be kept whole with head, tail, and skin intact

White Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Coldwater streams supporting trout populations year-round
  • Receive periodic stockings of rainbow and brown trout
  • Provide opportunities for catching and harvesting trout, including large trout

Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Rainbows: None
    • Browns: At least 15 inches
  • Daily Limit: 4 trout
  • Authorized Lures: All types allowed

Carp Lake Restrictions

  • Trout permits required for trout retention.
  • Year-round: Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.
  • Nov. 1 - Jan. 31: Only 1 pole permitted; chum usage prohibited.
  • Winter Trout Fishing Area: Allows year-round fishing with statewide trout methods and limits. Trout may be taken by pole and line with appropriate permits.

Chaumiere Lake Restrictions

  • Trout permits required for trout retention.
  • Year-round: Fishing allowed with statewide trout methods and limits. Limited to 3 poles.
  • Daily limits: Trout limit set at 4.

Cleveland Lake (Belton) Restrictions

  • Trout permits required for trout retention.
  • Fishing restricted to statewide limits.
  • Allowance for 3 poles only.

Coot Lake Restrictions

  • Year-round fishing allowed with statewide trout methods and limits.
  • Limited to 3 poles.
  • Trout permits required for trout retention.

Cosmo-Bethel Lake Restrictions

  • Trout permits required for trout retention outside specified dates.
  • Fishing for trout permitted by pole and line with statewide limits, except during specified periods.
  • November 1 - January 31: Catch-and-release only for trout. Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits permitted.

Courtois Creek Restrictions

Mainstem and Tributaries

  • Daily Limit: Black bass: 12 fish, with no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined.
  • Length Limit: Spotted bass: None specified.

From Highway 8 Bridge to Huzzah Creek

  • Length Limit: Goggle-eye: Minimum 8 inches.

Crane Creek Restrictions

In Stone and Lawrence Counties

  • Prohibition: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
  • Trout Handling: While on waters with length limits, all trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

  • Location: Stone and Lawrence Counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195, spanning 8 miles.
  • Purpose: Maintaining maximum trout density, facilitating catch-and-release fishing, and occasionally allowing trophy harvests.
  • Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: Minimum 18 inches.
    • Daily Limit: 1 trout per day.
    • Authorized Lures: Limited to artificial lures and flies.
  • Prohibitions: Gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl are prohibited. Fish caught by these methods may not be possessed on Crane Creek or its banks.

Current River (Blue Ribbon) Restrictions

Mainstem and Its Tributaries

  • Length Limits: Walleye and sauger must be at least 18 inches in length.

Dent, Texas, and Shannon Counties

  • Prohibition: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

  • Location: River and its tributaries from the lower boundary of Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove Bridge, covering 9 miles.
  • Purpose: To maintain maximum trout density, facilitate catch-and-release fishing, and provide opportunities for trophy harvests.
  • Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: Minimum 18 inches.
    • Daily Limit: 1 trout per day.
    • Authorized Lures: Limited to artificial lures and flies.
  • Prohibitions: Gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl are prohibited. Fish caught by these methods may not be possessed on the Current River or its banks.

Current River (White Ribbon) Restrictions

Mainstem and Its Tributaries

  • Length Limits: Walleye and sauger must be at least 18 inches in length.

Dent, Texas, and Shannon Counties

  • Prohibition: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Cedar Grove to Arkansas Line

  • Nongame Fish Daily Limit: No more than 5 hogsuckers may be included in the daily limit.

White Ribbon Trout Area

  • Location: Downstream from Cedar Grove Bridge crossing, covering 7.7 miles.
  • Description: Coldwater streams capable of supporting year-round trout populations. Receive periodic stockings of rainbow and brown trout, offering opportunities for trout harvest.
  • Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: None for rainbows; at least 15 inches for browns.
    • Daily Limit: 4 trout per day.
    • Authorized Lures: All types of lures are allowed.

Dry Fork Creek Restrictions

Mainstem and Its Tributaries

  • Length Limit: No minimum length limit for spotted bass.
  • Daily Limit: Black bass limit of 12 fish, including a maximum of 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined.

Crawford and Phelps Counties

  • Prohibition: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Crawford and Phelps Counties (Elevated Cable Crossing to Meramec River)

  • Location: Part of the Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area.
  • Restrictions: Refer to specific regulations below.

Phelps and Dent Counties (Upstream from Elevated Cable Crossing)

  • Length Limit: Minimum of 15 inches for trout.
  • Daily Limit: Trout limit of 2 fish.

Area Information

They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.

Area Restrictions

Length Limit: At least 15"
Daily Limit: 2
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies

Eleven Point River Restrictions

Mainstem and Its Tributaries

  • Length Limit: Walleye and sauger have a minimum length limit of 18 inches.

Oregon County

  • Prohibition: Use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Thomasville Access to Arkansas Line

  • Goggle-eye: Minimum length limit of 8 inches.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Minimum length limit of 15 inches. Daily limit of 6 black bass, with only 1 allowed to be a smallmouth bass.

Greer Spring Branch Junction to Turner Mill Access

  • Distance: 5.5 miles.
  • Designation: Blue Ribbon Trout Area. Refer to specific regulations below.

Downstream from Turner Mill Access

  • Distance: 14.2 miles.
  • Designation: White Ribbon Trout Area. Refer to specific regulations below.

Elk River Restrictions

  • Length Limits: Smallmouth bass must be a minimum of 15 inches.
  • Daily Limit: Black bass limit is 6, with only 1 smallmouth bass allowed.

Everyday Pond Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if keeping trout.
  • Permitted Methods: Trout may be caught using various lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during specified dates.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed for all species.
    • Catch-and-release only for all species.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

  • Area Information: Fishing permitted year-round during normal hours.
  • Regulations: Trout may be taken using pole and line with various lures and baits, subject to statewide limits.
  • Trout Permit: Required for keeping trout.

Gasconade River Restrictions

  • Location: From Highway Y in Pulaski County to Highway D in Phelps County.
  • Length Limits: Smallmouth bass must be a minimum of 15 inches.
  • Daily Limit: 6 black bass allowed, with only 1 smallmouth bass permitted.

Gendron Lake (St. Ann) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if keeping trout.
  • Permitted Methods: Statewide trout methods and limits apply year-round, with a restriction of using only 3 poles.
  • Length Limits:
    • Black bass: Minimum length of 18 inches.
  • Daily Limits:
    • Black bass: 2
    • Crappie: 15

Winter Trout Fishing Area

  • Area Information: Fishing permitted year-round during normal hours.
  • Regulations: Trout may be taken using pole and line with various lures and baits, subject to statewide limits.
  • Trout Permit: Required for keeping trout.

Giessing Lake (Farmington) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required for keeping trout.
  • Permitted Methods: Trout may be taken by pole and line with various lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during specific dates.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.
    • Only 1 pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

  • Area Information: Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Regulations: Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits. A trout permit is required to keep trout.

Greer Spring Branch Restrictions

  • Upstream from Confluence with Eleven Point River: No fishing allowed.

Hickory Creek Restrictions

  • Location: From Highway 86 bridge to Shoal Creek (2.7 miles).
  • Length Limits: All trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact while on waters with length limits.
  • November 1 - February 28:
    • Only flies and artificial lures allowed.
    • Soft plastic baits and natural/scented baits prohibited.
  • White Ribbon Trout Area:
    • March 1 - October 31: Regular regulations apply.
    • November 1 - February 28: Catch-and-release only.
  • Authorized Lures: All lures permitted except during November 1 - February 28, when only artificial lures and flies are allowed for catch-and-release fishing.

Honker Pond (James A Reed Mem WA) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required for keeping trout.
  • Permitted Methods: Statewide trout methods and limits apply. Only 1 pole may be used.
  • Age Restriction: Fishing restricted to persons fifteen (15) years of age or younger.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

  • Area Information: Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Regulations: Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits. A trout permit is required to keep trout.

Huckleberry Lake (Hannibal) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required for keeping trout.
  • Permitted Methods: Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during specific dates.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.

Huzzah Creek Restrictions

  • Mainstem and Tributaries:
    • Length Limit: Spotted bass—none.
    • Daily Limit: 12 fish, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
  • From Willhite Road in Crawford County to the Meramec River:
    • Length Limit: Goggle-eye—minimum 8”.

Island Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Anglers must cease fishing for all species after possessing 4 trout.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Only one pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.

Jacks Fork River Restrictions

  • From Highway 17 to the Current River:
    • Length Limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”.
    • Daily Limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.

James River Restrictions

  • From Hooten Town bridge (the Loop Road at Route O) to the Highway 413/Highway 265 bridge at Galena:
    • Length Limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”.
    • Daily Limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.

January-Wabash Park Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Anglers must cease fishing for all species after possessing 4 trout.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Only one pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.

Jefferson Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits only.
    • Only 1 pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.
  • February 1 - October 31:
    • Anglers must stop fishing for all species after possessing 4 trout.

Jesse James Park Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Statewide trout methods and limits.
    • Only 3 poles may be used.

Joachim Creek Restrictions

  • From Jefferson County Highway V bridge to Highway A bridge:
    • Length Limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”.
    • Daily Limit: 6 black bass, including only 1 smallmouth bass.

Johnston Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Statewide trout methods and limits.
    • Only 3 poles may be used.
  • Length Limits: Black bass: minimum 15 inches
  • Daily Limits:
    • Trout: 4
    • Black bass: 2

WINTER TROUT FISHING AREA

  • Area Information:
    • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
    • Trout may be taken using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
    • Trout permit required to keep trout.

Kiwanis Lake (Mexico) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits are allowed.

WINTER TROUT FISHING AREA

  • Area Information:
    • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
    • Trout may be taken using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
    • Trout permit required to keep trout.

Koeneman Park Lake Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits only.
    • Only 1 pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.
  • February 1 - October 31:
    • You must stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession.

WINTER TROUT FISHING AREA

  • Area Information:
    • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
    • Trout may be taken using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
    • Trout permit required to keep trout.

Krug Park Lagoon Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during the dates listed below.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for all species.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits are allowed for all species.

WINTER TROUT FISHING AREA

  • Area Information:
    • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
    • Trout may be taken using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
    • Trout permit required to keep trout.

Lake Minesa (Marshall) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits: Required if trout are kept.
  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.
  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits are allowed.

Lake of the Ozarks Restrictions

LAKEWIDE

  • Area Note:
    • Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring, and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.
  • Daily Limit:
    • Crappie: 15
  • Length Limit:
    • Black bass: minimum 15” for largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” for spotted bass
    • Crappie: minimum 9”

ON THE LAKE AND ITS TRIBUTARIES

  • Daily Limit:
    • Do not continue to snag, snare, or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.
    • Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".
  • Length Limit:
    • Paddlefish: minimum 34” body length, measured from eye to fork of tail
    • Blue catfish: 26" to 34" protected slot length limit; 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

WITHIN 525 FEET ON THE LEFT DESCENDING BANK AND 977 FEET ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK BELOW TRUMAN DAM IN THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS’ RESTRICTED ZONE

  • Area Note: No fishing is allowed.

FROM THE DOWNSTREAM END OF THE NO-FISHING ZONE BELOW TRUMAN DAM THROUGHOUT THE NO-BOATING ZONE (LOOK FOR SIGNS AND BUOYS)

  • Area Note: Paddlefish may not be possessed.

FROM THE DOWNSTREAM END OF THE NO-FISHING ZONE BELOW TRUMAN DAM TO U.S. HIGHWAY 65

  • Prohibited Methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring, and grabbing are prohibited.

Lake Taneycomo Restrictions

  • General Regulations:
    • The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
    • While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.
    • Lake Taneycomo is stocked monthly with rainbow trout and annually with brown trout.
    • Must also have a trout permit upstream of U.S. Highway 65 bridge to fish for any species.

On the Lake and Its Tributaries

  • Brown Trout:
    • 20-inch minimum length limit
    • Daily limit of 4 trout, combined total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout.

Within 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam

  • No Fishing Allowed.

From the Closed Zone 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam to the Mouth of Fall Creek

  • Rainbow Trout:
    • 12 to 20 inches protected slot length limit
    • Pole and line fishing only
    • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.

From the Closed Zone 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 Bridge

  • Fishing Permit (Unless Exempt) and Trout Permit Required: to fish for any species.

Large Trout Lake

Trout Lake

  • On the Lake and Its Tributaries:
    • Brown Trout: 20-inch minimum length limit
    • Daily limit of 4 trout, combined total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout.
    • The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Within 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam

  • No Fishing Allowed.

From the Closed Zone 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam to the Mouth of Fall Creek

  • Rainbow Trout:
    • 12” to 20” protected slot length limit
    • Pole and line fishing only
    • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.

From the Closed Zone 760 Feet Below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 Bridge

  • Fishing Permit (Unless Exempt) and Trout Permit Required: to fish for any species.

Lakes 21 and 7 Restrictions (August A. Busch CA)

  • Trout Permits Required: if trout are kept.
  • Trout Fishing Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during specified dates.
    • November 1 - January 31:
      • Catch-and-release only for trout.
      • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.
      • Only 1 pole may be used.
      • Use of chum is prohibited.
    • February 1 - October 31:
      • Stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession.

Lakes 3, 22, and 23 Restrictions (August A. Busch CA)

  • Year-round Regulations:
    • Stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession.
  • Nov. 1 - Jan. 31 Regulations:
    • Only 1 pole may be used.
    • Use of chum is prohibited.

Legion Lake 1 Restrictions

  • Trout Permits Required: If trout are kept.
  • Trout Fishing Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during specified dates.
    • November 1 - January 31:
      • Catch-and-release only for trout.
      • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.
      • Only one pole may be used.
      • Use of chum is prohibited.

Liberty Park Pond (Sedalia) Restrictions

  • Trout Permits Required: If trout are kept.
  • Trout Fishing Regulations:
    • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during specified dates.
    • November 1 - January 31:
      • Catch-and-release only for trout.
      • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.

Little Piney Creek Restrictions

  • Porous-Soled Waders Prohibited: Usage of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
  • Trout Handling Regulations:
    • Trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact while on waters with length limits.
  • Blue Ribbon Trout Area (Phelps County line to Milldam Hollow Access)
    • Area Information:
      • Designed to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, fostering catch-and-release fishing and occasional trophy opportunities.
    • Area Restrictions:
      • Length Limit: Trout must be at least 18 inches.
      • Daily Limit: Maximum of 1 trout.
      • Authorized Lures: Limited to artificial lures and flies.
      • Prohibited methods include gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl.
  • White Ribbon Trout Area (Downstream of Milldam Hollow Access)
    • Area Information:
      • Supports year-round trout populations with periodic stockings of rainbow and brown trout.
    • Area Restrictions:
      • Length Limit: No limit for rainbows; browns must be at least 15 inches.
      • Daily Limit: Maximum of 4 trout.
      • Authorized Lures: All lures are permitted.

Little Platte River Restrictions

  • Between Smithville Dam and U.S. Highway 169:
    • Regulations:
      • Only pole and line fishing permitted.
      • Paddlefish possession prohibited on the water or adjacent banks.

These regulations ensure responsible angling practices and protect the aquatic ecosystem of the Little Platte River.

Long Branch Lake Restrictions

  • Length Limits:
    • Black bass: minimum 15 inches
    • Hybrid striped bass: minimum 20 inches
    • Walleye and sauger: minimum 18 inches
  • Daily Limit:
    • Hybrid striped bass: maximum of 4
    • Crappie: maximum of 15

These regulations are implemented to maintain healthy fish populations and support sustainable fishing practices at Long Branch Lake.

Longview Lake Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Black bass: minimum 15 inches
  • Allowed Methods:
    • Only pole and line fishing permitted, with the exception of shad, which may be taken by dip net or throw net.

These restrictions contribute to the conservation of fish stocks and promote angler compliance for the preservation of Longview Lake's aquatic habitat.

Maramec Spring Park Restrictions

Trout Fishing Season: November 10, 2023 - February 12, 2024

  • Permit Requirements:
    • Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.
    • Daily trout tag not required during this season.
  • Fishing Hours:
    • Allowed from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
  • Regulations:
    • Catch-and-release fishing only.
    • Only flies allowed as lures.

Trout Fishing Season: March 1 - October 31

  • Permit Requirements:
    • Fishing permit required.
    • Daily trout tag required from March 1 to October 31, priced at $5 for adults and $3 for youth 15 and younger.
  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 5 trout of all species combined.
    • Fishing must cease once 5 trout are in possession.
  • Fishing Hours (Varies by Month):
    • March: 6:30 am CST to 6:00 pm CST/7:00 pm CDT
    • April: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
    • May: 6:30 am to 8:15 pm
    • June/July: 6:30 am to 8:30 pm
    • August: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • September: 7:30 am to 7:15 pm
    • October: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Additional Regulations:
    • One pole and line per person.
    • Prohibition on gigging, snaring, snagging, and live bait.
    • Some waters may have restrictions on specific baits or lures.
    • Use of food to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.
    • Fishing zones, allowed methods, and regulations vary; additional information available upon tag purchase.

Trout Parks

  • Area Information:
    • Onsite fish hatcheries offer visitor centers, displays, and tours for visitors.

Mark Twain Lake Restrictions

  • Length Limits:
    • Black bass: minimum 15”
    • Blue and flathead catfish: minimum 26"
  • Daily Limit:
    • Crappie: 15

McKay Park Lake (Jefferson City) Restrictions

  • Trout Permit Requirement:
    • Needed to keep trout during non-designated times of the year.
  • Trout Fishing Regulations (November 1 - January 31):
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits allowed.

Meramec River Restrictions

  • Black Bass Regulations:
    • Daily and possession limit: 12 fish, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined.
  • Spotted Bass:
    • No minimum length limit.
  • Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition:
    • Applicable in Crawford and Phelps counties.
  • Trout Length Limits:
    • Must keep all trout with head, tail, and skin intact while on waters with length limits.
  • Red Ribbon Trout Area (From Highway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford and in Dry Fork Creek from the elevated cable crossing to its confluence with the Meramec River - 8.2 miles):
    • Regulations apply; see below.
  • From Highway 8 bridge to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest:
    • Length limit: Smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum.
    • Daily and possession limit: 12 black bass, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined, with only 1 smallmouth bass allowed.
  • From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation Area:
    • Length limit: Goggle-eye: 8 inch minimum.

Red Ribbon Trout Area (Artificial Lures)

  • Area Information:
    • Provides catch-and-release fishing and an opportunity to harvest quality-size trout.
  • Area Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: At least 15"
    • Daily Limit: 2
    • Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies

Mill Creek Restrictions

  • Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition:
    • Prohibited to use.
  • Trout Length Limit Regulation:
    • All trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact on waters with length limits.
  • Blue Ribbon Trout Area (Yelton Spring to its junction with Little Piney Creek including Wilkins Spring and spring branch - 7.7 miles):
    • Regulations apply; see below.

BLUE RIBBON TROUT AREA

  • Area Information:
    • Limited harvest to maintain maximum density of adult trout, facilitate catch-and-release fishing, and offer an opportunity to harvest a trophy.
  • Area Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: At least 18"
    • Daily Limit: 1
    • Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies
    • Prohibited Methods: Gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl. Fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.
    • Baits Prohibition: Only flies and artificial lures allowed; soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited for any species.

Mineral Fork Restrictions

  • Daily Limit for Black Bass:
    • The daily and possession limit is 12 fish, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined.
  • Spotted Bass Length Limit:
    • No minimum length limit.
  • From Highway F in Washington County to the Big River:
    • Smallmouth bass length limit: minimum 15”
    • Daily limit: 12 black bass, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined, with only 1 smallmouth bass allowed.

Mississippi River Restrictions

Pools 20-26 and Temporary Overflow Waters

  • Paddlefish Season:
    • Open season: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.
  • Nongame Fish Snagging:
    • Allowed: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.

Daily Limits:

  • Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 20, combined total.
  • Flathead Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 10 fish.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • Daily and possession limit: 8, combined total.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • Daily and possession limit: 30, combined total.
  • Nongame Fish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 100, combined total.
    • Exception for certain species: Bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp, and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.

Length Limits:

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum 12”.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • None.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • None.

Allowed Methods:

  • Nongame Fish:
    • Bow fishing allowed in all flowing portions except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County, where bow fishing is allowed only from sunrise to midnight.
  • Pole Limit:
    • 2 poles per licensed angler.
  • Trotline Hook Limit:
    • Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline.

Temporary Overflow Waters Regulations

  • East of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape Girardeau and Scott City:
    • Bow fishing allowed at any hour of the day.
  • East of the mainline and setback levees between Commerce and the Arkansas state line:
    • Bow fishing allowed at any hour of the day.

Mississippi River (Lower) Restrictions

Mississippi River, Including Pools 20-26

  • Paddlefish Season:
    • Open season: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.
  • Nongame Fish Snagging:
    • Allowed: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.

Daily Limits:

  • Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 20, combined total.
  • Flathead Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 10 fish.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • Daily and possession limit: 8, combined total.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • Daily and possession limit: 30, combined total.
  • Nongame Fish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 100, combined total.
    • Exception for certain species: Bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp, and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.

Length Limits:

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum 12”.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • None.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • None.

Allowed Methods:

  • Nongame Fish:
    • Bow fishing allowed in all flowing portions except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County, where bow fishing is allowed only from sunrise to midnight.
  • Pole Limit:
    • 2 poles per licensed angler.
  • Trotline Hook Limit:
    • Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline.

Temporary Overflow Waters Regulations

  • East of the Mainline and Setback Levees between Commerce and the Arkansas State Line:
    • Bow fishing allowed at any hour of the day.

Mississippi River (Lower) Restrictions

Mississippi River, Including Pools 20-26

  • Paddlefish Season:
    • Open season: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.
  • Nongame Fish Snagging:
    • Allowed: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.

Daily Limits:

  • Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 20, combined total.
  • Flathead Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 10 fish.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • Daily and possession limit: 8, combined total.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • Daily and possession limit: 30, combined total.
  • Nongame Fish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 100, combined total.
    • Exception for certain species: Bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp, and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.

Length Limits:

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum 12”.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • None.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • None.

Allowed Methods:

  • Nongame Fish:
    • Bow fishing allowed in all flowing portions except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County, where bow fishing is allowed only from sunrise to midnight.
  • Pole Limit:
    • 2 poles per licensed angler.
  • Trotline Hook Limit:
    • Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline.

Temporary Overflow Waters Regulations

  • East of the Mainline and Setback Levees between Commerce and the Arkansas State Line:
    • Bow fishing allowed at any hour of the day.

Mississippi River (Upper) Restrictions

Mississippi River, Including Pools 20-26

  • Paddlefish Season:
    • Open season: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.
  • Nongame Fish Snagging:
    • Allowed: March 15 - May 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.

Daily Limits:

  • Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 20, combined total.
  • Flathead Catfish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 10 fish.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • Daily and possession limit: 8, combined total.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • Daily and possession limit: 30, combined total.
  • Nongame Fish:
    • Daily and possession limit: 100, combined total.
    • Exception for certain species: Bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp, and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.

Length Limits:

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum 12”.
  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • None.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrids:
    • None.

Allowed Methods:

  • Nongame Fish:
    • Bow fishing allowed in all flowing portions except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County, where bow fishing is allowed only from sunrise to midnight.
  • Pole Limit:
    • 2 poles per licensed angler.
  • Trotline Hook Limit:
    • Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline.

Missouri River Restrictions

Riverwide

  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • No seasonal restrictions on hours for take and possession.
  • Nongame Fish:
    • Bow fishing allowed at any hour of the day in all flowing portions.

Downstream from Carl R. Noren Access to Chamois Access

  • Shovelnose Sturgeon:
    • Must be returned to the water immediately after being caught.

Montauk State Park Restrictions

Fishing Seasons

  • March 1 - October 31:
    • Daily limit: 4 trout of all species combined.
    • Fishing times vary from March to October.

November 10, 2023 - February 12, 2024

  • Trout Fishing Hours:
    • Fridays through Mondays, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Catch-and-Release Fishing Only:
    • Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.
  • Allowed Lures:
    • Flies only.

Fishing Methods

  • Pole Limit:
    • Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time.
  • Prohibited Methods:
    • Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited.
  • Food Attraction Prohibition:
    • Use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.

Additional Information

  • Fishing zones, allowed methods, and regulations vary. Ask for additional information when you purchase your tag.

Trout Parks

  • Several onsite fish hatcheries offer visitor centers, displays, and tours.

Montrose Lake Restrictions

Daily Limit

  • Black Bass:
    • Maximum of 2 fish allowed.
  • Crappie:
    • Daily limit set at 15.

Length Limit

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum length requirement of 18 inches.

Niangua River Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition

  • The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Trout Length and Preservation

  • While on any waters with length limits, all trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

White Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Coldwater streams capable of supporting trout populations year-round.
  • Receive periodic stockings of rainbow and brown trout.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Rainbows: None
    • Browns: Minimum of 15 inches
  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 4 trout allowed.
  • Authorized Lures:
    • All types permitted.

Norfork Lake Restrictions

Lakewide

Daily Limit

  • Catfish (Channel, Blue, and Flathead):
    • Combined total of these species limited to 10.
  • Crappie:
    • Daily limit set at 15.

Length Limit

  • Black Bass:
    • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Minimum of 15 inches
    • Spotted Bass: Minimum of 12 inches
  • Crappie:
    • Minimum length requirement of 10 inches.

On the Lake and Its Tributaries

Daily Limit

  • Striped Bass:
    • Maximum of 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate.

Length Limit

  • Walleye and Sauger:
    • Minimum length requirement of 18 inches.
  • Striped Bass:
    • Minimum length requirement of 20 inches.
  • White Bass, Yellow Bass, or Their Hybrids:
    • No length limit.

North Fork of the White River Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition

  • The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Trout Length and Preservation

  • While on any waters with length limits, all trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Stocked with brown trout to maintain adult trout density.
  • Provides catch-and-release fishing and trophy opportunities.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Minimum of 18 inches.
  • Daily Limit:
    • Only 1 trout allowed.
  • Authorized Lures:
    • Limited to artificial lures and flies.

Red Ribbon Trout Area (All Lures)

Area Information

  • Offers catch-and-release fishing and opportunities to harvest quality-size trout.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Minimum of 15 inches.
  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 2 trout allowed.
  • Authorized Lures:
    • All types permitted.

O'Fallon Park Lake Restrictions

Trout Permits

  • Requirement:
    • Trout permits necessary if trout are retained.

Year-round Limit

  • All Species:
    • Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.

November 1 - January 31

  • Pole Limitation:
    • Only 1 pole allowed during this period.
  • Chum Usage:
    • Prohibited.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park hours.
  • Trout may be taken using various lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • Trout permit required for retention.

Osage Fork of the Gasconade River Restrictions

Daily Limit

  • Black Bass:
    • Daily limit set at 6, including a maximum of 1 smallmouth bass.

Length Limit

  • Smallmouth Bass:
    • Minimum length of 15 inches.

For more information, refer to the Osage Fork Special Management Area map.

Osage River Restrictions

Below Bagnell Dam

  • Zone Limitation:
    • No fishing permitted.
    • Exception: Live bait retrieval allowed via dip net and throw net.

Below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54

  • Prohibited Methods:
    • Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, snagging, snaring, and grabbing not allowed.

U.S. Highway 54 to Missouri River

  • Seasonal Allowance:
    • Snagging, snaring, and grabbing permitted for nongame fish from March 15 to April 30.
    • Daily limit of 2 paddlefish; snagging, snaring, or grabbing ceases after limit reached.

Plover Lake Restrictions

Year-round Rules

  • Trout Regulations:
    • Follow statewide trout methods and limits.
    • Use of 3 poles permitted.

Trout Permits

  • Requirement:
    • Trout permits necessary if retaining trout.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during standard park hours.
  • Trout may be taken using various methods within statewide limits.
  • Trout retention requires a valid trout permit.

Pomme de Terre Lake Restrictions

Length Limits

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum length of 13 inches.
  • Crappie:
    • Minimum size of 9 inches.

Daily Limit

  • Crappie:
    • Maximum daily limit set at 15.

Roaring River Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders

  • Prohibition:
    • Use of porous-soled waders not permitted.

Length Limits

  • Trout Rules:
    • All trout must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact while on waters with length restrictions.

White Ribbon Trout Area

Area Information

  • Streams support year-round trout populations.
  • Regular stocking of rainbow and brown trout.
  • Ideal for catching and harvesting trout, including the occasional large catch.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Rainbows: None; Browns: Minimum 15 inches.
  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 4 trout.
  • Authorized Lures:
    • All types allowed.

Roaring River State Park Restrictions

Fishing Permits and Trout Tags

  • Requirement:
    • Fishing permit and daily trout tag mandatory from March 1 to October 31.
    • Trout tags and permits purchasable at the park.
  • November through February:
    • Catch-and-release season; annual trout permit replaces daily tag.

Catch-and-Release Season (November 10, 2023 - February 12, 2024)

  • Fishing Hours:
    • Fridays through Mondays, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Regulation:
    • Catch-and-release fishing only.
    • Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.
  • Allowed Lures:
    • Flies only.

March 1 - October 31 Regulations

  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 4 trout of all species combined.
    • Fishing must cease after reaching possession limit.

Fishing Times (March 1 - October 31)

Month Begin End
March 6:30 am CST / 7:30 am CDT 6:00 pm CST / 7:00 pm CDT
April 7:00 am 7:30 pm
May 6:30 am 8:15 pm
June/July 6:30 am 8:30 pm
August 7:00 am 8:00 pm
September 7:30 am 7:15 pm
October 7:30 am 6:30 pm

Fishing Methods and Regulations

  • Pole and Line:
    • One pole and line per person at any time.
  • Prohibited Methods:
    • Gigging, snaring, snagging, and live bait capture not allowed.
    • Some areas restrict specific baits or lures.
    • Use of foods to attract fish prohibited, except when placed on a hook.
  • Fishing Zone:
    • Daily tag or trout permit valid from the first bridge below the old dam in Zone 3 to the downstream park boundary.

Trout Parks

Area Information

  • Several onsite fish hatcheries offer visitor centers, displays, and tours.

Rotary Lake (Jackson) Restrictions

Trout Permits

  • Requirement:
    • Trout permits necessary if trout are kept.

Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Fishing Methods:
    • Pole and line permitted with all lures and baits allowed by state regulations.
    • Exceptions apply during specific dates:

November 1 - January 31 Regulations

  • Catch-and-Release Season:
    • Only for trout.
    • Use of flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits permitted.
    • Only 1 pole allowed.
    • Prohibition on chum usage.

WINTER TROUT FISHING AREA

Area Information

  • Fishing allowed year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • Trout permit required to keep trout.

Roubidoux Creek Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition

  • Use of porous-soled waders prohibited.
  • Length limits enforced; trout must be kept intact while possessing.

White Ribbon Trout Area

  • Location:
    • Downstream from Roubidoux Spring to its junction with the Gasconade River (3.1 miles).

Area Information

  • Coldwater streams support year-round trout populations.
  • Receive periodic stockings of rainbow and brown trout.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Rainbows: none; Browns: at least 15"
  • Daily Limit: Maximum of 4 trout.
  • Authorized Lures: All types allowed.

Sac River Restrictions

Fishing Methods

  • Allowed Methods:
    • Pole and line fishing only.

Salt River Restrictions

Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool

  • No-Fishing Zone:
    • No fishing permitted within 400 feet below Clarence Cannon Dam.

Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool to Posted Power Line Crossing

  • Fishing Methods:
    • Pole and line fishing only.

Mark Twain Lake Dam Area

  • Length Limit:
    • Black bass: minimum 12".

Additional Regulations

  • Backwaters and Main Channel:
    • Fishing allowed by pole and line and bow only.

Smithville Lake Restrictions

Length Limits

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum length: 15”

Daily Limit

  • Crappie:
    • Maximum: 30, with no more than 15 fish over nine inches.

Spring Creek Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition

  • Use of porous-soled waders prohibited.
  • Length limits enforced; trout must be kept intact while possessing.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

  • Location:
    • Relfe Spring to its junction with Big Piney River (6.2 miles).

Area Information

  • Coldwater stream stocked with trout.
  • Maintains maximum density of adult trout.
  • Offers excellent catch-and-release fishing.

Area Restrictions

  • Length Limit:
    • Minimum: 18"
  • Daily Limit:
    • Maximum of 1 trout.
  • Authorized Lures:
    • Artificial lures and flies permitted.

Prohibited Activities

  • Use of soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits.
  • Prohibition on gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl.
  • Fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Spur Pond (Kirksville) Restrictions

Trout Permit Requirement

  • Trout permit mandatory to keep trout outside specified dates.

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Allowed Methods:
    • Pole and line fishing permitted.
    • All lure and bait types allowed under statewide limits.

Seasonal Restrictions

  • November 1 - January 31:
    • Catch-and-release only for trout.
    • Permitted Lures: Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits.

St. Francis River Restrictions

Above Wappapello Dam

  • Size Limit:
    • Walleye and sauger: Minimum 18” length.

Below Wappapello Dam

  • 225 feet below the dam:
    • Fishing prohibited.
  • Within 700 feet below spillway walls:
    • Prohibited Activities:
      • Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging, and atlatls.

Arkansas-Missouri Boundary

  • Nongame Fish Harvest:
    • Bowfishing allowed; possession permitted at any time.

Stockton Lake Restrictions

Length Limits

  • Black Bass:
    • Minimum 15” length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass.
    • Minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
  • Crappie:
    • Minimum 10” length.

Daily Limit

  • Crappie:
    • Maximum: 15.

Stone Mill Spring Restrictions

Porous-Soled Waders Prohibition

  • Use of porous-soled waders prohibited.
  • Length limits enforced; trout must be kept intact while possessing.

White Ribbon Trout Area (Feb 27 - Oct 31)

  • Area Information:
    • Coldwater streams stocked with trout.
  • Area Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: Rainbows — none; Browns — minimum 15".
    • Daily Limit: Maximum 4 trout between February 27 and October 31.
    • Authorized Lures: All between February 27 and October 31.

White Ribbon Trout Area (Nov 1 - Feb 25)

  • Area Information:
    • Coldwater streams stocked with trout.
  • Area Restrictions:
    • Length Limit: Catch-and-release only.
    • Daily Limit: Catch-and-release only between November 1 and February 25.
    • Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies between November 1 and February 25.

Table Rock Lake Restrictions

Lakewide Regulations

Daily Limits

  • Catfish (Channel, Blue, and Flathead): Maximum 10, combined total.
  • Crappie: Maximum 15.

Size Limits

  • Black Bass: Minimum 15" length.
  • Crappie: Minimum 10" length.
  • Walleye and Sauger: Minimum 18" length.

On the Lake and its Tributaries

Size Limit

  • Paddlefish: Minimum 34" body length, measured from eye to fork of tail.

Tenmile Creek Restrictions

From Highway B in Carter County to Cane Creek

Length Limits

  • Smallmouth Bass: Minimum 15”.

Daily Limit

  • Maximum 6 black bass, including only 1 smallmouth bass.

Thomas Hill Lake Restrictions

Length Limits

  • Black Bass: Minimum 15”.
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: Minimum 20”.

Daily Limit

  • Crappie: Maximum 15.
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: Maximum 4.

Tilles Park Lake Restrictions

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Permits Requirement: Mandatory if trout are kept.

Seasonal Restrictions

November 1 - January 31

  • Catch-and-release only for trout.
  • Permitted Lures: Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits.
  • Maximum 1 pole usage.
  • Use of chum prohibited.

February 1 - October 31

  • Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Trout may be taken using pole and line, adhering to statewide limits.
  • Trout permit required for trout retention.

Truman Lake Restrictions

Lakewide Regulations

Daily Limit

  • Crappie: Maximum 15.

Size Limits

  • Black Bass: Minimum 15" length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
  • Crappie: Minimum 9".

Allowed Methods

  • Nongame Fish: Snagging, snaring, and grabbing allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.

On the Lake and its Tributaries

Daily Limit

  • Blue Catfish: Maximum 10 fish daily and possession limit, with no more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Size Limits

  • Paddlefish: Minimum 34" body length, measured from eye to fork of tail.
  • Blue Catfish: 26" to 34" protected slot length limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Prohibited Methods

  • No person shall continue to snag, snare, or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.

Union City Lake Restrictions

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Permits Requirement: Mandatory if trout are kept.

Seasonal Restrictions

November 1 - January 31

  • Catch-and-release only for trout.
  • Permitted Lures: Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits.
  • Maximum 1 pole usage.
  • Use of chum prohibited.

February 1 - October 31

  • Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Trout may be taken using pole and line, adhering to statewide limits.
  • Trout permit required for trout retention.

Veterans Park Lake (Fulton) Restrictions

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Permit Requirement: Mandatory to keep trout during other times of the year.

Seasonal Restrictions

November 1 - January 31

  • Catch-and-release only for trout.
  • Permitted Lures: Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits.

Winter Trout Fishing Area

Area Information

  • Fishing permitted year-round during normal park or area hours.
  • Trout may be taken using pole and line, adhering to statewide limits.
  • Trout permit required for trout retention.

Vlasis Park Lake Restrictions

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Permit Requirement: Mandatory if trout are kept.

Year-round Regulations

  • Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.

November 1 - January 31

  • Maximum 1 pole usage.
  • Use of chum prohibited.

Walker Lake Restrictions

Trout Fishing Regulations

  • Trout Permit Requirement: Mandatory if trout are kept.

Seasonal Restrictions

November 1 - January 31

  • Catch-and-release only for trout.
  • Permitted Lures: Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits.
  • Maximum 1 pole usage.
  • Use of chum prohibited.

February 1 - October 31

  • Fishing must cease after possessing 4 trout.

Wappapello Lake Restrictions

Daily Limit

  • Crappie: Maximum 30 with no more than 15 fish over nine inches.

On the Lake and its Tributaries

  • Length Limit: Walleye and sauger must have a minimum length of 18”.

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