Fishing Seasons

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Crappie

White, Black

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Alligator snapping turtles are an endangered species, and it is illegal to hunt or collect them. Learn to identify alligator snapping turtles.

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Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Mussels listed in the Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist may not be taken or possessed. 

Daily and possession limits do not apply to Asiatic clams.

Two shell halves (valves) shall be considered 1 mussel or clam.

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Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

From February 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed only between 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 after sunset. This restriction applies to all streams, except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations.

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Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to crossbow fishing in impounded waters and bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

24 hours

Notes

Applies to fishing in streams and impounded waters.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Daily and possession limits are combination of white, yellow and striped bass and their hybrids.

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Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to gigging in bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

These regulations apply to streams not defined as Ozark streams.

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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to midnight

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in streams, except portions of the Missouri, Mississippi, and St Francis rivers

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to snagging/grabbing in bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

24 hours

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to underwater spear fishing in impounded waters and bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

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Pickerel

Chain, Grass

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations.

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Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

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Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Jan
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

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Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan
02
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Open all year.

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Dates

Feb
01
2015
to Sep
14
2015

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar
01
2015
to Oct
31
2015

Hours

Hours vary. Check park information for details.

Notes

This season is open only in the following trout parks: Maramec Spring Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park.

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Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Apr
01
2015
to Jan
31
2016
Feb
01
2016
to Mar
31
2016

Hours

Sunrise to midnight from February 1 to March 31.

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in impounded waters.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

May
23
2015
to Feb
29
2016

Notes

Limits apply on all waters, expect those with more specific regulations. Check area regulations.

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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jun
30
2015
to Oct
31
2015

Hours

Season opens at sunset on opening day. For sunrise and sunset times in your area, see the U.S. Naval Observatory web site: aa.usno.navy.mil/

Notes

Only the daily limit may be possessed on waters and banks of waters being fished or hunted.

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Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Dates

Jul
01
2015
to Dec
31
2015

Notes

Alligator snapping turtles are an endangered species, and it is illegal to hunt or collect them. Learn to identify alligator snapping turtles.

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Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Dates

Sep
15
2015
to Jan
31
2016

Hours

Sunrise to midnight

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Jan
31
2016

Hours

24 hours

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Dec
15
2015

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

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Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Jan
31
2016

Hours

24 hours

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Nov
13
2015
to Feb
08
2016

Hours

Hours vary by park.

Notes

This season is open only in the following trout parks: Maramec Spring Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park.

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Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Apr
01
2015
to Jan
31
2016
Feb
01
2016
to Mar
31
2016

Hours

Sunrise to midnight from February 1 to March 31.

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in impounded waters.

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar
15
2016
to Apr
30
2016

Notes

Measure paddlefish from eye to fork of tail to determine size.

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations, including Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake, and their tributaries.  Check area regulations for additional restrictions.

Extracted paddlefish eggs may not be possessed while on waters of the state or adjacent banks and may not be transported. Paddlefish eggs may not be bought, sold, or offered for sale.

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Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Closed Fishing Seasons

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Dec
15
2015

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

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Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Jan
31
2016

Hours

24 hours

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar
15
2015
to May
15
2015
Sep
15
2015
to Jan
31
2016

Hours

24 hours

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Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

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Refer to the Wildlife Code.