Posted by Phil Lilley on September 2nd, 2011
Table Rock Lake borders both Missouri & Arkansas. There are 3 arms – Long Creek, Kings River and the upper lake/White River Arm – and you need to know where these are, where you’re fishing and what the different regulations are for each state… they do vary. Plus the fact you need the proper state fishing lisense. Ignorance is no excuse and won’t work if you’re in violation and are checked by local agents.
Table Rock Lake (Missouri)
**Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth and spotted bass (kentuckies)- 15-inch length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.
If you’re fishing between July 1 through Aug. 31, please be aware of the “No Cull Rule.”
If you’re fishing in a catch/release tournament, please be aware of the “Fizzing Technique” to keep the fish alive.
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.
**Exceptions – James River between Hooten Town Bridge to Highway 13 Bridge, one small mouth, 15 inches or longer.
Table Rock Lake – (Arkansas)
Table Rock (Carroll, Boone Counties) Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass combined daily limit is six. Smallmouth or largemouth bass must be at least 15 inches long to keep. Spotted bass must be at least 12 inches long to keep. Crappie, black and white, combined daily limit is 15. Crappie shorter than 10 inches must be released immediately to the water. Walleye must be at least 18 inches long to keep with a daily limit of four. These regulations apply to the waters from Beaver Lake Dam to Table Rock Dam in the state of Arkansas.
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)
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.