Fish Management Plans

Catfish

One of the most popular groups of fish sought by anglers, catfish are managed to maintain quality fishing opportunities.  Because catfish are harvested both recreationally and commercially, management of this gourp of fish becomes increasingly important.  Download and browse Missouri's statewide Catfish Management Plan (2003).  You can also download the Commercial Fish Harvest Report 2000-2012 (below).

Lake Sturgeon

The lake sturgeon recovery program's mission is to improve populations of a state-endangered species, and increase the sturgeon’s numbers sufficiently to provide a unique sport fishing opportunity to Missouri anglers. Download Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan to learn more (below).    

Muskie

 "Missouri’s muskellunge (muskie) program was initiated at Pomme de Terre Lake in 1966 to provide Missourians an opportunity to experience muskie magic without having to leave the state, and to provide a trophy fishery with a predator that could prey upon large non-game fishes."  Download and browse Missouri's Muskie Management Plan (below). 

Paddlefish

Paddlefish Management

Missouri's primary paddlefish management goals are to maintain healthy and sustainable populations and manage paddlefish statewide as a high-quality sport fish.

Pallid Sturgeon

Missouri's pallid sturgeon recovery efforts include understanding more about their life history, restoration of habitat, and artificial propagation. Download this 16-page document to learn more (below).                      

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Management

Missouri manages stream smallmouth-bass populations to provide a variety of fishing opportunities now and for future generations of anglers.                      

Trout

Trout fishing accounts for about 14 percent of all Missouri angling effort. Trout habitat, however, is limited. Because trout fishing is so popular and the resource is so limited, Missouri's plan ensures the most efficient and effective management. Download and browse this 40-page report for more details (below).                      

Walleye

Walleye Management

As the popularity of walleye fishing has increased in Missouri, management efforts have followed suit in many of the state’s rivers and lakes.                      

In This Section

Catfish Management (pdf, 268 KB)

Download and browse Missouri's statewide catfish management plan.

Commercial Fish Harvest Report 2000-2012 (pdf, 705 KB)

Read this summary of Missouri's commercial fishery data for 2000–2012 and a synthesis of the harvest trends for the last 68 years (1945–2012).

Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan (pdf, 814 KB)

The lake sturgeon recovery program's mission is to improve populations of a state-endangered species, and increase the sturgeon’s numbers sufficiently to provide a unique sport fishing opportunity to Missouri anglers. Download this document to learn more.

Muskie Management Plan (pdf, 1 MB)

Download and browse Missouri's muskie management plan.

Special Bass Management Areas

Browse maps of the ten Ozark streams that have special Missouri smallmouth-bass regulations apart from the statewide bass regulations. Print the attached maps and take them with you when you go fishing.

Smallmouth Bass Management

Missouri manages stream smallmouth-bass populations to provide a variety of fishing opportunities now and for future generations of anglers.

Trout Management (pdf, 217 KB)

Download and browse this 40-page report for more details

Paddlefish Management

Through MDC's stocking efforts, Missouri is a great place to snag for paddlefish and offers some of the best paddlefish snagging in the U.S.

Check the Code

This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.