Missouri Statewide Fishing Regulations

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 3rd, 2011
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Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/kentucky)

Impoundments -

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 6
Length Limit – none

Ozark Streams

Open Season – 5/24/08-2/28/09
Daily Limit – 6
Length Limit – 12″ minimum

Other Streams

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 6
Length Limit – 12″ minimum

Largemouth

Smallmouth

Spotted or Kentucky

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Bull Shoals, Lake of the Ozarks, Long Branch, Longview, Mark Twain, Montrose, Norfork, Pomme de Terre, Smithville, Stockton, Table Rock, Thomas Hill, Wappapello, Big Piney River, Big , Black, Blue Springs, Bourbeuse, Curtois, Current, Dry Fork, Eleven Point, Elk, Gasconade, Greer Spring, Huzzah, Jacks Fork, James, Joachim, Meramec, Mineral Fork, Mississippi, Osage Fork of the Gasconade, Salt, Tenmile Creek.

Catfish

Channel

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 10
Length Limit – none

Blue Cat

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 5
Length Limit – none

Flathead

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 5
Length Limit – none

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Bull Shoals, Lake of the Ozarks, Norfork, Table Rock, Mississippi, Osage, St. Francis.

Crappie

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 30
Length Limit – none

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Bull Shoals, Lake of the Ozarks, Long Branch, Mark Twain, Montrose, Norfork, Pomme de Terre, Smithville, Stockton, Table Rock, Thomas Hill, Wappapello.

Muskellunge

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 1
Length Limit – 36″ minimum

Special rules apply.

Northern Pike

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 1
Length Limit – none

Paddlefish (Spoonbill)

Open Season – March 15 – April 30
Daily Limit – 2
Length Limit – 24″ minimum

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Waters affected: Little Platte River, Misissippi, Osage.

Pickerel (Chain & Grass)

Chain Pickerel

Grass Pickerel

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 6
Length Limit – none

Goggle-eye (rock bass) & Warmouth

Warmouth

Goggle-eye

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 6
Length Limit – none

Shovelnose Sturgeon

Shovelnose Sturgeon, game fish

Pallid Sturgean, on the endangered list and must be released

Lake Sturgeon, on the endangered list and must be released

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 10
Length Limit – 30″ maximum 

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Brown Trout

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 4
Length Limit – Rainbow, none.
Brown, 15″ in streams

See special regulation areas on each lake, river, stream or Trout Park before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Barren Fork, Blue Springs, Capps, Crane, Current, Eleven Point, Hickory, Lake Taneycomo, Little Piney , Meramec , Mill Creek, Niangua, North Fork/White, Roaring , Roubidoux, Spring Creek, Stone Mill Spring.

Walleye & Sauger

Walleye

Sauger

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 4
Length Limit – 15″ minimum

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Bull Shoals. Mississippi, St. Francis.

White, Yellow & Striped Bass as well as Hybrids

White Bass

Striper

Yellow Bass

Open Season – all year
Daily Limit – 15
Length Limit – no more than 4 longer than 18″

See special rules on each lake, river or stream before fishing. Rules vary widely. Waters affected: Mississippi.

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