Posted by Phil Lilley on December 1st, 2011
Daily Limit per person – 4 trout
No fishing zone - 760 feet from the base wall of Table Rock Dam downstream, marked by a cable stretched across the lake.
See SPECIAL REGULATIONS pertaining to the upper end of Taneycomo at the bottom of this page.
Anyone fishing above highway 65 bridge in Branson MUST have in his possession a Missouri Trout Stamp, regardless of what the angler is fishing for. An angler possessing a Missouri Trout Stamp, can catch and keep FOUR trout per day, one of these can be a brown trout over twenty inches in length. Possession limit is two days- EIGHT trout- only two can be browns over twenty inches. Skin or heads must be left on cleaned trout for identification when on the water. If cleaned trout are kept in, say zip-lock bags, each bag must have a name written on it.
Missouri’s fiscal year begins on March 1 and ends on February 28 each year.
5% of trout catch and released using artificial bait die – 1 of 20
Special Regulations for Lake Taneycomo
Effective March 1, 1997
Issues To Be Aware Of
Legal And Proper Way To Measure A Trout:
Live Bait In The Restricted Area:
Trout Lure Definitions
an artificial lure constructed on a single point hook, using any material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented baits as defined below, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.
a lure constructed of any material excluding soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined below.
Soft Plastic Bait
synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic grubs and soft plastic lures.
Natural and Scented Baits
a natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, corn and other food substances not containing any ingredient to stupefy, injure or kill fish. This does not include flies or artificial lures. It does include dough bait, putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste or smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances.
**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.
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.
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.