Current River


Posted by Phil Lilley on September 6th, 2011
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Blue Ribbon Trout Area:

  • From the lower boundary at Montauk State Park to Cedargrove Bridge
  • 9.0 miles
  • Daily Trout Limit – ONE – At least 18 inches in length
  • Artificial lures and flies only

No Red Ribbon Area on the Current River

White Ribbon Trout Area:

  • From the Cedargrove Bridge downstream
  • 7.7 miles
  • Daily Trout Limit – FOUR – rainbows and/or brown trout but browns have to be 15-inches or longer to keep.
  • No bait restrictions

See Montauk State Park for fishing regulations in the park.

Current River Report on OzarkAnglers.Com
**Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth and spotted bass (kentuckies)- 12-inches 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 – no length limit, 30 daily, 60 possession.

Bluegill – no limit

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

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

From Cedar Grove to Arkansas state line – daily limit on hogsuckers is 5.

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.
A Missouri TROUT STAMP is required for ANYONE who fishes the trophy or Blue Ribbon area on the Current River, regardless if the angler is keeping or releasing their catch. (New March 1, 2005)

Resident – $12 annual
Non-resident – $42
Daily – $7
Trout Stamp – $7

Buy Missouri Fishing Licenses Online!

Report Violations – Poachers

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Operation Game Theft works to stop the illegal taking of fish and wildlife that includes trophy animals and rare and endangered species.

Missouri Wildlife Code

Horsepower Limits

Two Rivers upstream to Round Springs (Lower Access – 40 hp
Above Round Spring Lower Access (Except above Akers from May 1 – September 15 10 HP Maximum) – 25 hp
Two Rivers upstream to Alley Spring Campground Access  – 40 hp
Above Alley Spring Campground Access (Except above Bay Creek from March 1 to Saturday before Memorial Day – 10 HP) – 25 hp
Two Rivers downstream to Big Spring John boat landing – 40 hp
Big Spring Johnboat Landing downstream to park boundary – no limit


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