2001 Wildlife Code Changes

The purpose of the annual review is to determine whether the existing regulations continue to fulfill the mission of conserving the state‘s forest, fish and wildlife resources without unnecessarily regimenting or inconveniencing the public. When specific needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Missouri Conservation Commission for approval.

Rule changes that appear in the 2001 Wildlife Code, which is now available, become effective March 1, 2001 and are highlighted in this summary. Hunters, anglers and trappers are responsible for understanding the regulations before venturing afield.

FISHING

  • White River Border Lakes Permit - In partnership with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the Missouri Department of Conservation established a permit to allow Arkansas and Missouri residents to fish all impounded portions of Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Norfork lakes without having to purchase a non-resident fishing permit from either state. Anglers still must possess a resident fishing license from their respective states or proof of exemption. The White River Border Lakes Permit does not cover trout fishing privileges. The permit will cost $10.
  • Jug Lines must be personally attended at all times. - This regulation change will reduce the waste of hooked fish that die on lost jugs and reduce the number of stolen or lost jugs.
  • Winter Fishing at the Trout Parks - The area winter fishing tag has been eliminated. The purchase of a Trout Permit ($7) in addition to the prescribed fishing permit will now allow anglers to fish at Roaring River, Bennett Spring, Montauk and Maramec Spring trout parks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the second Friday in November through the second Friday in February. During this winter catch-and-release season, only flies may be used. All fish must be released immediately, and no fish may be possessed.
  • Expanded Hours for Taking Fish by Longbow on Impounded Waters - Fish other than those listed as endangered or defined as game fish may now be taken by longbow from impounded waters during all hours throughout the year, with the following exceptions. From February 1 through March 31, these nongame fish may be taken by this method only between sunrise and midnight. On streams, nongame fish may still be taken by longbow between sunrise and midnight throughout the year.
  • Fishing Methods on the Osage River Below Bagnell Dam - Snagging, snaring and grabbing (as well as trotlines, throwlines and limb lines) are now prohibited throughout the year on the