Fishing Seasons

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 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

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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Pickerel

Chain, Grass

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Notes

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

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Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Notes

These regulations apply to streams not defined as Ozark streams. View map of streams.

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Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Notes

Open all year.

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Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Notes

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

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Dates

Jan 01 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

Notes

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

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Dates

Feb 01 2016 to Sep 14 2016

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 2016 to Oct 31 2016

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 2016 to Jan 31 2017Feb 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 28 2016 to Feb 28 2017

Notes

Limits apply on all Ozark streams, expect those with more specific regulations. View map of streams.

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Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jun 30 2016 to Oct 31 2016

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 2016 to Dec 31 2016

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 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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 2016 to May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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 2016 to May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Dec 15 2016

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

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Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Mar 15 2016 to May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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 2016 to Feb 01 2017

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

Closed Fishing Seasons

Dates

Apr 01 2016 to Jan 31 2017Feb 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 May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Dec 15 2016

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

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Paddlefish

Spoonbill

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

Dates

Mar 15 2016 to May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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 2016 to May 15 2016Sep 15 2016 to Jan 31 2017

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

Check the Code

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