Fishing Seasons

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Limits
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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

Limits
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Blue catfish (top), channel catfish (middle), and flathead catfish (bottom) illustrations

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Blue catfish (top), channel catfish (middle), and flathead catfish (bottom) illustrations

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Blue catfish (top), channel catfish (middle), and flathead catfish (bottom) illustrations

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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black crappie (top) and green crappie (bottom) illustrations

Crappie

White, Black

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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 illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

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

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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 illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

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

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Notes

Applies to fishing in streams and impounded waters.

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

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

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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.

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

Open all year.

Limits
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Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

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Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Limits
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Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

Limits
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Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Dates

Jan 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

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

Feb 01 2018 to Sep 14 2018

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar 01 2018 to Oct 31 2018

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.

Limits
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Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Apr 01 2018 to Jan 31 2019Feb 01 2019 to Mar 31 2019

Hours

Sunrise to midnight from February 1 to March 31.

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in impounded waters.

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

May 26 2018 to Feb 28 2019

Notes

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

Limits
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Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Dates

Jun 30 2018 to Oct 31 2018

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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bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Dates

Jul 01 2018 to Dec 31 2018

Notes

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

Limits
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Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Dates

Sep 15 2018 to Jan 31 2019

Hours

Sunrise to midnight

Limits
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Allowed & Prohibited Methods

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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2018 to Dec 15 2018

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

Limits
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Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Nov 09 2018 to Feb 11 2019

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.

Limits
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Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Dates

Apr 01 2018 to Jan 31 2019Feb 01 2019 to Mar 31 2019

Hours

Sunrise to midnight from February 1 to March 31.

Notes

Applies to bowfishing in impounded waters.

Limits
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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Closed Fishing Seasons

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2017 to Jan 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Limits
Valid Permits
Allowed & Prohibited Methods

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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2017 to Jan 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Limits
Valid Permits
Allowed & Prohibited Methods

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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2017 to Jan 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Limits
Valid Permits
Allowed & Prohibited Methods

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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2018 to Dec 15 2018

Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

Limits
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Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to Apr 30 2018

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.

Limits
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Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Dates

Mar 15 2018 to May 15 2018Sep 15 2017 to Jan 31 2018

Hours

24 hours

Limits
Valid Permits
Allowed & Prohibited Methods

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Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

Green sunfish (top) and longear sunfish (bottom) illustrations

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

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Refer to the Wildlife Code.