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).
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).
"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).
Missouri's primary paddlefish management goals are to maintain healthy and sustainable populations and manage paddlefish statewide as a high-quality sport fish.
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 Management
Missouri manages stream smallmouth-bass populations to provide a variety of fishing opportunities now and for future generations of anglers.
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 the 39-page report below for more details.
As the popularity of walleye fishing has increased in Missouri, management efforts have followed suit in many of the state’s rivers and lakes.