James River

Regulations

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 11th, 2011
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**Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth and spotted bass (kentuckies)- 12-inch length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.

**Exceptions – James River between Hootentown Bridge to Highway 13 Bridge, one small mouth, 15 inches or longer.

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

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

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.

 

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 (Missouri) –

Resident – $12 annual (March 1 thru last day of February)
Border Permit – $10
Non-Resident – $42 annual (March 1 thru last day of February)
Daily Permit – $7 (midnight to midnight)

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Missouri Wildlife Code

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.

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