Posted by Phil Lilley on September 21st, 2011
Trout fishing is permitted in accordance with the Wildlife Code and posted restrictions daily from March 1st to October 31st, and during the winter catch and release season. Throughout the year all anglers shall have a state fishing permit except those 15 years and younger or Missouri residents 65 years and older. Any resident of Missouri 65 years and older shall carry a valid Missouri motor vehicle operator’s license, notarized affidavit, or similar official document proving his/her eligibility based on residence and age.
Each anglers hall sign and display a daily trout tag purchased on the area. The statewide daily limits if 4 trout, regardless of number of daily tags purchased or waters fished. No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after harvesting a daily limit of 4 trout anywhere in Missouri.
Each anglers shall keep their trout separate at all times and identified with the angler’s name and address.
Daily Limit – 4 trout, possession limit is 8 trout. All brown trout less than 15 inches must be released unharmed immediately after capture. There is no minimum length limit on rainbow trout.
Only a single pole or rod may be used. Gigging, snaring, snagging and the taking of live bait are NOT permitted.
No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after having four trout in possession.
Wading is permitted by anglers only.
Swimming and use of water craft is prohibited.
The use of game fish or parts thereof for bait or chumming is NOT permitted.
Fishing Hours in Missouri Trout Parks
Trout Lure Definitions
Fly: 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.
Artificial Lure: 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.
Park fishermen are required to have a Missouri Fishing Permit and a Daily Trout Tag. These can be purchased at the Reed’s Tackle Shop.
COST- $3.00 Daily Tag For Adults
Winter Catch-and-Release Season
Winter catch-and-release season is from the second Friday in November to the Second Monday in February. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday only.
Fishing is only permitted upstream from the old low-water bridge located just be- low the ADA fishing pier in the campground.
All anglers must possess a Trout Permit during the winter catch and release sea- son.
Only flies are permitted during the winter catch and release season. A fly is de- fined as an artificial lure constructed on a single point hook, using any material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait that is tied, glued or other- wise permanently attached.
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.