Unless exempt, you need fishing permit as well as a daily trout tag from March 1 to October 31. The daily trout tag is $4 for adults and $3 for youth 15 and younger. Trout tags and permits can be purchased at the park.
During the November through February catch-and-release season the annual trout permit replaces the daily trout tag.
November 12, 2021 - February 14, 2022
Trout fishing is allowed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST, Fridays through Mondays.
Catch-and-release fishing only. (Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.)
Allowed lures: flies only
March 1 - October 31
Daily limit: 4 of all species combined. You must stop fishing after have 4 trout in your possession.
|March||6:30 am CST
7:30 am CDT
|6:00 pm CST
7:00 pm CDT
|April||7:00 am||7:30 pm|
|May||6:30 am||8:15 pm|
|June/July||6:30 am||8:30 pm|
|August||7:00 am||8:00 pm|
|September||7:30 am||7:15 pm|
|October||7:30 am||6:30 pm|
Allowed lures: Flies, artificial lures, or soft plastic baits, depending on zone. See the Bennett Spring Hatchery area map for details.
- Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time.
- Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited.
- Some waters are posted as restricted to specific baits or lures.
- The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.
Fishing zones, allowed methods, and regulations vary. Ask for additional information when you purchase your tag.
Bennett Spring State Park is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Monday.
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
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.
Lakewide: Ozark and Taney
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these three species
Crappie: 15 fish
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
Striped bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate
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
This area encompasses the 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.
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.
Black bass—minimum 12”
Walleye and sauger—None
White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids—None
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
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 Bennett Spring Branch to Prosperine Access - 11.5 miles of stocked stream:
White Ribbon Trout Area, see restrictions below.
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.
Length Limit: Rainbows -- none; Browns -- at least 15"
Daily Limit: 4
Authorized Lures: All
Do not continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these species
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
Trout permits are required if trout are kept.
Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during the dates listed below.
November 1 - January 31:
Catch-and-release only for trout.
Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits only.
Only 1 pole may be used.
Use of chum is prohibited.
February 1 - October 31: You must stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession.