Bull Shoals Lake

Regulations

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 16th, 2011
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Missouri

Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth- 15-inch length limit, and spotted bass (kentuckies) – 12-inch length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.

Statewide season on bass in rivers and streams is open from the 4th Saturday of May till the last day in February annually.

White bass, striper, hybrid bass- 15 total daily (only 4- 18 inches or longer can be kept in a daily limit), 30 possession.

Rock bass (goggleye) – no length limit, 15 daily, 30 possession.

Crappie, white or black – 10-inch length limit, 15 daily, 30 possession.

Bluegill – no limit

Catfish – no length limit, 10 daily (only 5 can be flatheads in a daily limit), 20 possession.

*Below Truman dam – 4 daily (channel, blue and flathead) and only 1 may be more than 24 inches in total length.

**Walleye – 18 inch minimum length, 4 daily, 8 possession.

**seasons- Throughout the year, except that from February 20 through April 14 walleye and sauger may be taken and possessed only between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. central standard time (CST) in the Swan Creek Arm of Bull Shoals Lake above Highway 160 bridge and in the unimpounded portions of all streams except the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Walleye and sauger may not be possessed on waters or banks thereof during closed seasons or closed hours.

Spoonbill – 2 daily between March 15 and April 30. Length – 34 inches between the eye to the fork of the tail minimum.

Non-Game fish – Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from 3/15 – 4/30 only.

Method -

Trotlines/limblines only below highway 76 bridge below Powersite Dam. Rod and reel otherwise.

Special Regulations Pertaining to Bull Shoals:

Lakewide:

  • Black bass—15” minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 12” minimum length limit on spotted bass
  • Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)—10 fish daily limit, combined total of these three species
  • Crappie—10” minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit

On the lake and its tributaries:

  • Walleye and sauger—18” minimum length limit

In the Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160:

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

From Powersite Dam to Highway 76:

  • Trotlines, throwlines and limb lines are prohibited.

Fishing Licenses -

Residents – those fishing of the ages of 16 and older and 65 are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing license. Those 65 and older do not need a fishing license.

Proof of residency - Valid Missouri Drivers license.

Non-residents – those fishing of the ages of 16 and older are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing license.

For Missouri & Arkansas residents only – a special border permit can be purchased to allow fishing in both Missouri and Arkansas without purchasing an out-of-state license.

Costs

Resident – $12 annual
Non-resident – $42
Daily – $7
Border – $10
Annual licenses run March 1st to March 1st or each year.
Replacement licenses – $2

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Missouri Wildlife Code

Arkansas

Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth- 15-inch length limit, and spotted bass (kentuckies) – 12-inch length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.

White bass - 15 total daily, 30 possession.

Striped and hybrid bass combined – 3 daily, 6 possession.

Rock bass (goggleye) – no length limit, 10 daily, 20 possession.

Crappie, white or black – 10-inch length limit, 15 daily, 30 possession.

Bluegill – 50 daily.

Catfish – no length limit, 10 daily, 20 possession.

Walleye – 18 inch minimum length, 4 daily, 8 possession.

Trout – (all rainbow, brown, cutthroat, lake and brook combined per day) – 5 daily, 10 possession

Fishing Licenses -

Residents – those fishing of the ages of 16 and older and 65 are required to have on their person a valid Arkansas fishing license. Those 65 and older do not need a fishing license.

Proof of residency - Valid Arkansas Drivers License.

Non-residents – those fishing of the ages of 16 and older are required to have on their person a valid Arkansas fishing license.

For Missouri & Arkansas residents only – a special border permit can be purchased to allow fishing in both Missouri and Arkansas without purchasing an out-of-state license.

Costs-

Resident – $10.50 annual
Resident 3-Day – $6.50
Resident trout stamp – $5.00
Border Permit – $10
Non-resident – $40 annual
Non-resident 3-day – $11.00
Non-resident 7-day – $17.00
Non-resident 14-day – $22.00
Non-resident trout stamp – $12.00

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Annual licenses run from the day of purchase for the next year (365 days)

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