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” minimum length limit
In Dent, Texas and Shannon counties: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
River and its tributaries from lower boundary of Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove Bridge - 9 miles: Blue Ribbon Trout Area
Length Limit: At least 18"
Daily Limit: 1
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies
Gigging, bowfishing, and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.
Mainstem and its tributaries:
Length limit: Spotted bass—No minimum length limit.
Daily limit: Black bass—12 fish including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
In Crawford and Phelps counties:
The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
In Crawford and Phelps counties from the elevated cable crossing to the Meramec River:
Part of the Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area, see restrictions below.
In Phelps and Dent counties, upstream from the elevated cable crossing:
Length Limit: Trout minimum—15 inch
Daily limit: Trout—2
They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.
Length Limit: At least 15"
Daily Limit: 2
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies
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
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 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|
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.
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these species
Black bass: minimum 15” on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” on spotted bass
Crappie: minimum 10”
On the lake and its tributaries:
Striped Bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate.
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18”
Striped Bass: minimum 20”
White bass, yellow bass, or their hybrids: none
Black bass: minimum 15" length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
Crappie: minimum 9"
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.
On the lake and its tributaries
Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit, with not more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".
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.