Permits

Trout

Everyone who fishes must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit or qualify for an exemption

If you fish for trout, you will need a trout permit to possess trout -- unless you are fishing at a trout park, were you will need a daily trout tag. Find out about trout tags at trout parks.

The Daily Fishing Permit is valid from date of purchase through the last day of February.

Anyone with a fishing permit must:

  • Agree to observe all the rules of the Wildlife Code of Missouri
  • Not lend your permit to another person
  • Allow inspection of your permit, picture identification, catch, and equipment by MDC agents and staff
  • Carry your permit while fishing. If you ordered your permit by telephone or on the Internet and have not received it by mail, you must carry the permit authorization number and picture identification with you while fishing until your permit arrives.

Limits

Limits vary by species, season, and fishing area.

Notes

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, and live bait.

Resident

$12.00

Nonresident

$42.00

Related Species

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

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

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

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

Crappie

White, Black

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Valid During These Seasons
Allowed Methods

Limits

Limits vary by species, season, and fishing area.

Notes

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. May be purchased by residents and nonresidents for multiple days.

Resident

$7.00

Nonresident

$7.00

Related Species

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

Black bullhead illustration

Bullhead

Black, Brown, Yellow

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

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

Crappie

White, Black

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Valid During These Seasons
Allowed Methods

Limits

Limits are set for each species and hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Notes

This permit allows you to fish or hunt frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), and mammals (except deer). Missouri residents may sell furbearers taken by hunting.

Trout: In addition to this permit, a daily trout fishing tag required in trout parks, and a trout permit is required for waters outside of trout parks.

Furbearers: Nonresidents may not take furbearers with this permit, but they may chase furbearers for training dogs during the closed season. They must purchase a Furbearer Hunting and Trapping permit.

Doves, Snipe, Woodcock, Rails: In addition to this permit, you need a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit for hunting doves, snipe, woodcock, and rails.

Waterfowl: In addition to this permit, you need a federal duck stamp and a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit to hunt teal, coots, ducks, and geese.

Conservation Order: The Hunting and Fishing permit does not apply to the Conservation Order. A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting blue, snow, and Ross’s geese during the Conservation Order.

Resident

$19.00

Related Species

Badgers can be hunted and trapped in Missouri.

Badger

Hunting & Trapping

Bobcat sitting on a tree limb

Bobcat

Hunting & Trapping

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Coyote walking in snow

Coyote

Hunting & Trapping

Crow

Crow

Hunting

Mourning dove

Dove

Hunting

Red fox

Fox

Hunting & Trapping

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

groundhog

Ring-necked pheasant

Pheasant

Hunting

Bobwhite quail

Quail

Hunting

Cottontail rabbit sitting in grass

Rabbit

Hunting & Trapping

Raccoon in a tree

Raccoon

Hunting & Trapping

Virginia rail looking for food

Sora and Virginia Rail

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Common snipe in a marsh

Wilson's Snipe

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Grey Squirrel

Squirrel

Hunting & Trapping

Striped skunk on a gravel road

Striped Skunk

Hunting & Trapping

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Waterfowl

Woodcock grazing in grass

Woodcock

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Buffalo illustration

Buffalo

Bigmouth, Black, Smallmouth

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

Crappie

White, Black

Common carp illustration

Carp

Black, Bighead, Common, Grass, Silver

River carpsucker illustration

Carpsucker & Quillback

Highfin, River, Quillback

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Blue teal on the water

Teal

Hunting

Opossum

Opossum

Hunting & Trapping

Valid During These Seasons
Allowed Methods

Notes

The White River Border Lakes Permit is valid from date of purchase through the last day of February.

Allows Missouri and Arkansas residents to pursue, take, possess (except trout) and transport fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, and live bait from the other state’s portion of the impounded waters of Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock lakes without purchasing a Nonresident Fishing Permit. You must possess a fishing permit, or qualify for an exemption, issued by your state of residence.

This permits is only for Missouri and Arkansas residents.

Resident

$10.00

Resident Landowner

$10.00

Related Species

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

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

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

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

Crappie

White, Black

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Notes

This permit is required to possess trout, except in trout parks where you must purchase a daily trout fishing tag.

A Trout Permit is required for all winter fishing in trout parks and for all fishing year-round in Lake Taneycomo upstream from U.S. Highway 65 bridge.

You must also have a fishing permit or qualify for an exemption.

Resident

$7.00

Nonresident

$7.00

Youth (0-15)

$3.50

Related Species

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Valid During These Seasons

Notes

Reduced cost Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits are for Missouri residents who are currently (or have in the last 12 months) mobilized and serving on full-time active military duty in the National Guard (federal status) or reserve forces of the United States. This permit allows them to take fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting.

In addition to this permit: A Federal Duck Stamp also is required for hunting waterfowl. A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit also is required for hunting waterfowl, doves, snipe, woodcock, and rails. A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting snow, blue, and Ross’s geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order.

​Complete and send the application form to:

National Guard Permits
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Please allow 10 days after submitting your application for your permit to arrive.

This permit is not available for purchase at vendors, by telephone, or through the online e-Permits System.

Some military may hunt and fish without a permit. Check permit exemptions to learn more.

Resident

$5.00

Related Species

Badgers can be hunted and trapped in Missouri.

Badger

Hunting & Trapping

Bobcat sitting on a tree limb

Bobcat

Hunting & Trapping

Common snipe in a marsh

Wilson's Snipe

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Coyote walking in snow

Coyote

Hunting & Trapping

Crow

Crow

Hunting

Mourning dove

Dove

Hunting

Red fox

Fox

Hunting & Trapping

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

groundhog

Opossum

Opossum

Hunting & Trapping

Ring-necked pheasant

Pheasant

Hunting

Bobwhite quail

Quail

Hunting

Cottontail rabbit sitting in grass

Rabbit

Hunting & Trapping

Raccoon in a tree

Raccoon

Hunting & Trapping

Grey Squirrel

Squirrel

Hunting & Trapping

Striped skunk on a gravel road

Striped Skunk

Hunting & Trapping

Waterfowl

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

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

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

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

Crappie

White, Black

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Blue teal on the water

Teal

Hunting

Woodcock grazing in grass

Woodcock

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Virginia rail looking for food

Sora and Virginia Rail

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Valid During These Seasons

Notes

This permit carries the same privileges as the Resident Fishing Permit and the Trout Permit.

You must be a Missouri resident to purchase this permit. 

This permit is not available online or from permit vendors. Use the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Permit Order Form to request this permit.

Missouri residents 65 and older are exempt from needing a fishing permit, but can purchase this as a lifetime trout permit.

Youth (0-15)

$275.00

Age 16-29

$400.00

Age 30-39

$350.00

Age 40-59

$300.00

Age 60-64

$35.00

Related Species

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

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

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

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

Crappie

White, Black

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Valid During These Seasons

Notes

This permit carries the same privileges as the Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit, Trout Permit, Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and Conservation Order Permit. Deer and turkey hunting privileges are not included. A Federal Duck Stamp is required for hunting waterfowl.

You must be a Missouri resident to purchase this permit.

This permit is not available online or from permit vendors. Use the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Permit Order Form to request this permit.

Youth (0-15)

$550.00

Age 16-29

$800.00

Age 30-39

$700.00

Age 40-59

$600.00

Age 60-64

$70.00

Related Species

Badgers can be hunted and trapped in Missouri.

Badger

Hunting & Trapping

Striped Bass

Bass - Temperate

White, Yellow, Striped & their Hybrids

Black Bass 3

Black Bass

Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted/Kentucky

Bobcat sitting on a tree limb

Bobcat

Hunting & Trapping

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

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

Catfish

Blue, Channel, Flathead

Common snipe in a marsh

Wilson's Snipe

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Coyote walking in snow

Coyote

Hunting & Trapping

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

Crappie

White, Black

Crow

Crow

Hunting

Mourning dove

Dove

Hunting

bullfrog

Frog

Hunting & Fishing

Red fox

Fox

Hunting & Trapping

Longnose Gar

Gar

Longnose, Shortnose, Spotted

Canada goose swimming

Goose

Hunting

groundhog

Opossum

Opossum

Hunting & Trapping

Paddlefish illustration

Paddlefish

Spoonbill

Ring-necked pheasant

Pheasant

Hunting

Chain pickerel illustration

Pickerel

Chain, Grass

Bobwhite quail

Quail

Hunting

Cottontail rabbit sitting in grass

Rabbit

Hunting & Trapping

Raccoon in a tree

Raccoon

Hunting & Trapping

Virginia rail looking for food

Sora and Virginia Rail

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Grey Squirrel

Squirrel

Hunting & Trapping

Striped skunk on a gravel road

Striped Skunk

Hunting & Trapping

White sucker illustration

Suckers

Northern Hog, Redhorse, White

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

Sunfish

Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear

Rainbow Trout

Trout

Brown, Rainbow

Waterfowl

Woodcock grazing in grass

Woodcock

Hunting (Migratory Bird)

Blue teal on the water

Teal

Hunting

Common snapping turtle

Turtle

Common Snapping, Soft-Shelled

Valid During These Seasons

Check the Code

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

Military

If you're a Missouri resident and in the National Guard or reserve forces, you may be eligible for reduced cost permits or exceptions.
Learn more about military permits.