Trout Areas: Ozark Streams and Lakes

Blue Ribbon Trout Areas

Blue Ribbon Trout Areas include parts of large, cold rivers with 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.

Regulations

  • Only artificial lures and flies may be used. Natural, soft plastic and scented baits are prohibited.
  • The daily limit is one trout of 18 inches or greater length.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Where to find blue ribbon trout areas

  • Barren Fork Creek
  • Blue Springs Creek
  • Crane Creek
  • Current River
  • Eleven Point River
  • Little Piney Creek
  • Mill Creek
  • North Fork, White River
  • Spring Creek

Red Ribbon Trout Areas

Red Ribbon Trout Areas have high-quality habitat stocked primarily with browns once a year. Rainbows are either stocked, escape from other areas, or reproduce. These areas provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.

Regulations

  • Before fishing find out about any special area regulations for length limits, reduced creel limits, and tackle restrictions.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Where to find red ribbon trout areas

  • Meramec River
  • North Fork, White River
  • Roubidoux Creek

White Ribbon Trout Areas

White Ribbon Trout Areas are 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.

Regulations

  • Fishing is permitted year-round.
  • The daily limit is four trout with no length limit on rainbows. Brown trout must be 15 inches or greater.
  • Additional seasonal restrictions may apply; check for special area regulations before you fish.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Where to find white ribbon trout areas

  • Capps Creek
  • Current River
  • Eleven Point River
  • Hickory Creek
  • Little Piney Creek
  • Niangua River
  • Roubidoux Creek
  • Stone Mill Spring

Check the Code

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