Posted by Phil Lilley on October 11th, 2011
*Limits: 4 trout daily. 8 possession. (no size restriction)
*Brown trout state-wide limit is 15 inches.
Statewide season on bass in rivers and streams is open from the 4th Saturday of May till the last day in February annually.
Smallmouth Bass: They are found throughout the system.
1 daily. 15-inch minimum length.
Goggle Eye: They are everywhere and are quite tasty.
15 daily. 30 possession. 8-inch minimum length.
Walleye: These fish are found closer to the Arkansas border. The better walleye fishing is in Arkansas.
4 daily, 8 possession. 18-inch minimum length.
Chain Pickerel: 6 daily, 12 possession
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 lisense. Those 65 and older do not need a fishing lisense.
Proof of residency - Valid Missouri Drivers Lisense.
Non-residents – those fishing of the ages of 16 and older are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing lisense.
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 (March 1 thru last day of February)
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.