Regulations

Posted by Phil Lilley on April 13th, 2012
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**Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth and spotted bass (kentuckies)- 12-inches length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.

Exceptions:  On the Meramec, Big, and Bourbeuse rivers and their tributaries, the daily and pos- session limit for black bass is twelve (12) in the aggregate and may include no more than six (6) largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the aggregate, except that the daily limit may include no more than one (1) small- mouth bass on the Big River from Leadwood Access to its confluence with the Meramec River, the Meramec River from Scotts Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest, and Mineral Fork from the Highway F bridge (Washington County) to its confluence with the Big River.

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)

Costs –
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

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