Special Area Regulations

Black Bass

Restrictions

From Highway 17 to the Gasconade River:
Length limit:
Goggle-eye: minimum 8"

From Slabtown Access to the Gasconade River:
Daily limit:
6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.
Length limit: Smallmouth bass: minimum 15"

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

Daily and possession limit: Black bass: 12 fish including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Size limit: Spotted bass: None

From the Council Bluff Lake Dam to the Meramec River: 

Daily and possession limit: 12 black bass including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass

Size limit: Smallmouth bass: minimum 15 inches

Restrictions

Black bass: The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Spotted bass: No minimum length limit.

In Crawford County

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

In Crawford County from Blue Springs to the Meramec River - 4 miles.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area: see restrictions below.

Blue Ribbon Trout Area Restrictions:

Length Limit: At least 18"
Daily Limit: 1
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies

Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Blue Fish

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Excellent trout habitat and smaller streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow trout.

Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create excellent catch-and-release fishing, and provide the occasional chance to harvest a trophy. These areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked with brown trout, and the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbows.

Restrictions

Length limit: Black bass: minimum 15"
Allowed methods: Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries:
Spotted bass: No length limits
Black bass: The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Restrictions

Lakewide: Ozark and Taney
Daily limit:

Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these three species
Crappie: 15 fish
Length limit:
Black bass: minimum 15" on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" on spotted bass
Crappie: 10" minimum

On the lake and its tributaries: Ozark, Taney, Christian, and Douglas
Daily limit:

Striped bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate

Length limit:
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18"
Striped bass: minimum 20"
There are no length limits for white bass, yellow bass, or their hybrids.

In the Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160: Taney
From February 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger may be taken and possessed only between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

From Powersite Dam to Highway 76: Taney
Prohibited Methods: Trotlines, throwlines and limb lines

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries:
Daily limit:
 Black bass: 12 fish, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species
Length limit: Spotted bass: None

From Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to Huzzah Creek:
Length limit:
Goggle-eye: minimum 8”

Restrictions

While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

Mainstem and its tributaries:  Walleye and sauger—18 inch minimum length limit

In Oregon County: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line:
Goggle-eye—8 inch minimum length limit.
Smallmouth bass—15 inch minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

Greer Spring Branch junction to Turner Mill Access - 5.5 miles:  Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Downstream from Turner Mill Access - 14.2 miles:  White Ribbon Trout Area

Blue Ribbon Trout Area Restrictions:

Length Limit: At least 18"
Daily Limit: 1
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies

Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

White Ribbon Trout Area Restrictions:

Length Limit: Rainbows -- none; Browns -- at least 15"
Daily Limit: 4
Authorized Lures: All

Blue Fish

Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Excellent trout habitat and smaller streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow trout.

Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create excellent catch-and-release fishing, and provide the occasional chance to harvest a trophy. These areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked with brown trout, and the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbows.

White Fish

White Ribbon Trout Area

Coldwater streams capable of supporting trout populations year-round. All receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout, and some also receive brown trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a large trout.

Restrictions

Length limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”

Daily limit: Black bass—6, may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

Restrictions

From Highway Y in Pulaski County to Highway D in Phelps County

Length limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15"

Daily limit: 6 black bass may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries:

Length limit: Spotted bass—none
Daily limit: 12 fish and including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

From Willhite Road in Crawford County to the Meramec River:

Length limit: Goggle-eye—minimum 8”

Restrictions

From Highway 17 to the Current River:

Length Limits:
Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”

Daily Limit:
6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.

Restrictions

From Hooten Town bridge (the Loop Road at Route O) to the Highway 413/Highway 265 bridge at Galena

Length Limits:
Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”

Daily Limit:
6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.

Restrictions

From Jefferson County Highway V bridge to Highway A bridge:

Length limits: Smallmouth bass— minimum 15”
Daily limit: 6 black bass, including only 1 smallmouth bass

Restrictions

Lakewide:

Area note:
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Length limit:
Black bass: minimum 15” for largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” for spotted bass
Crappie: minimum 9”

On the lake and its tributaries:

Daily limit:
Do not continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.
Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Length limit:
Paddlefish: minimum 34” body length, measured from eye to fork of tail
Blue catfish: 26" to 34" protected slot length limit; 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right descending bank below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restricted zone:

Area note: No fishing is allowed.

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam throughout the no-boating zone (look for signs and buoys):

Area note: Paddlefish may not be possessed.

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. Highway 65:

Prohibited methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are prohibited.

Restrictions

Length Limits:
Black bass: minimum 15”
Hybrid striped bass: minimum 20”
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18”

Daily limit:
Hybrid striped bass: 4
Crappie: 15

Restrictions

Length limit: Black bass: minimum 15"
Allowed methods: Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.

Restrictions

Length limits: Black bass: minimum 15”

Daily limit: Crappie: 15

Restrictions

Black bass: Daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Spotted bass: no minimum length limit

In Crawford and Phelps counties:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.

From Highway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford and in Dry Fork Creek from the elevated cable crossing to its confluence with the Meramec River - 8.2 miles:

Red Ribbon Trout Area, see restrictions below.

From Highway 8 bridge to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest:

Length limit: Smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum.

Daily and possession limit: 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation Area:
Length limit: Goggle-eye: 8 inch minimum

Red Ribbon Trout Area (Artificial Lures) Restrictions:

Length Limit: At least 15"
Daily Limit: 2
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies

Red Fish

Red Ribbon Trout Area (Artificial Lures)

High-quality habitat stocked primarily with browns.

They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below:
Daily limit
: Black bass—The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
Length limit: Spotted bass—No minimum length limit

From Highway F in Washington County to the Big River:
Length limit: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”
Daily limit: Daily and possession limit of 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass

Restrictions

This area encompasses the Mississippi River, including

  • Pools 20-26,
  • the temporary overflow waters east of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape Girardeau and Scott City,
  • and the temporary overflow waters east of the mainline and setback levees between Commerce and the Arkansas state line.

Mississippi River, including Pools 20-26
Paddlefish: The open season is March 15 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through May 15 and from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

Daily limits:
Channel catfish and blue catfish: The daily and possession limit is 20, combined total of these species.
Flathead catfish: The daily and possession limit is 10 fish.
Walleye and sauger: The daily and possession limit is 8, combined total of both species.
White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids: The daily and possession limit is 30, combined total of these species.
Nongame fish: The daily and possession limit is 100, combined total of these species, except that bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.

Length limits:
Black bass: minimum 12”
Walleye and sauger: None
White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids: None

Allowed methods:
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all flowing portions, except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County where they may only be taken by bow from sunrise to midnight.
Limit of 2 poles per licensed angler
Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline

Temporary overflow waters east of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape Girardeau and Scott City
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day.

Temporary overflow waters east of the mainline and setback levees between Commerce and the Arkansas state line
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day.

Restrictions

Daily Limit:
Black bass: 2
Crappie: 15

Length limit:
Black bass: minimum 18"

Restrictions

Lakewide:

Daily limit:
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these species
Crappie: 15

Length limit:
Black bass: minimum 15” on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” on spotted bass
Crappie: minimum 10”

On the lake and its tributaries:

Daily limit:
Striped Bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate.

Length limit:
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18”
Striped Bass: minimum 20”
White bass, yellow bass, or their hybrids: none

Restrictions

From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River:

Daily limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass

Length limit:
Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”

Restrictions

Length limits:
Black bass: minimum 13”
Crappie: minimum 9”

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Restrictions

On the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool within 400 feet below Clarence Cannon Dam in the no-boating zone:
No fishing is allowed.

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Clarence Cannon Dam to the posted powerline crossing on the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool:
Allowed methods: Pole and line fishing only.

From the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool below Mark Twain Lake dam
Length limit: Black bass—minimum 12”

From all adjoining backwaters and from the main channel beginning 1,000 feet below the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool Dam to Route A:
Allowed methods: Fishing by pole and line and bow only

Restrictions

Length limits:
Black bass: minimum 15”
Crappie: minimum 9”

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Restrictions

Length limits:
Black bass: minimum 15”
Crappie: minimum 10”

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Restrictions

Lakewide:

Daily limit:
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these species
Crappie: 15

Size limit:
Black bass: minimum 15"
Crappie: minimum 10"
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18"

On the lake and its tributaries:

Size limit: Paddlefish: 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail

Restrictions

From Highway B in Carter County to Cane Creek

Length limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”
Daily limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.

Restrictions

Length limits
Black bass: minimum 15”
Hybrid striped bass: minimum 20”

Daily limit
Crappie: 15
Hybrid striped bass: 4

Restrictions

Lakewide

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Size limit:
Black bass: minimum 15" length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
Crappie: minimum 9"

Allowed methods:
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.

On the lake and its tributaries

Daily limit:
Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit, with not more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Size limit:
Paddlefish: minimum 34" body length, measured from eye to fork of tail
Blue catfish: 26" to 34" protected slot length limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".

Prohibited Methods: No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.