2005 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 2005 Wildlife Code, which should be available by mid-February, become effective March 1, 2005 and are highlighted in this summary. Hunters, anglers and trappers are responsible for understanding the regulations before venturing afield.

FISHING

Fish may not be taken by gig, crossbow and longbow on the following waters:

  • Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County from County Road A-D to its confluence with Sinking Creek;
  • Blue Springs Creek in Crawford County from Blue Springs to its confluence with the Maramec River;
  • Crane Creek in Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195;
  • Mill Creek in Phelps County from Yelton Spring to its confluence with Little Piney Creek, including Wilkins Spring and spring branch;
  • Spring Creek in Phelps County from Relfe Spring to its confluence with Big Piney River.

Fish taken by gig, crossbow and longbow may not be possessed on these waters or the banks thereof.

  •  Fish may be taken by gig, crossbow and longbow in Roubidoux Creek in Pulaski County from the elevated utility crossing approximately one-half mile below Business I-44 Bridge in Waynesville to its confluence with the Gasconade River.

Trout Daily Limits. The statewide daily limit for trout is now four trout in the aggregate, unless otherwise restricted. The daily limit is now one trout in:

  • Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County from County Road A-D to its confluence with Sinking Creek;
  • Crane Creek in Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195;
  • Current River and its tributaries from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove.

The daily limit is now two trout in the Maramec River and its tributaries, except Maramec Spring Branch, in Crawford and Phelps counties from Highway 8 Bridge to Scott’s Ford. The daily limit is also two trout in the unimpounded portion of the North Fork of the White River and its tributaries in Ozark County from Patrick Bridge to Norfork Lake. Also, the daily limit is now two trout on Roubidoux Creek in Pulaski County, from the elevated utility crossing approximately one-half mile below Business I-44 Bridge in Waynesville to its confluence with the Gasconade River.

Trout Length Limits. All brown trout