Learn simple things you can do to protect Missouri’s waters from aquatic invaders, read up on fishing ethics and safety, browse fishing management plans, and find wader-washing stations.

Asian Carp Control

Because black, silver carp and bighead carp are non-native Asian fish that can cause big problems, it's illegal to use them as live bait in Missouri. Keep them from spreading to your favorite sport-fishing water.

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large green and rusty-brown grayfish

Don't Spread Crayfish

Invasive crayfish are a serious problem in Missouri and prevention is key. Don't buy, sell, relocate or dump live crayfish.

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Don't Spread Didymo

Please comply with the porous-soled wader ban, and wash your waders between visits to Missouri's trout waters.

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Fish Management Plans

Management plans help keep Missouri's fishing strong while protecting the state's waters from invasive species and other threats.

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Swimming paddlefish

Help Improve Paddlefishing

Beginning in 2012, MDC is conducting a long-term project to get more information on both paddlefish sport fishing statewide and commercial harvest from the Mississippi River. Please share your opinions.

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Show-Me Muskie Project

Want to help improve Missouri's muskellunge-management program? It's easy. Just enroll in the project, fill out a form every time you fish for muskie, and return in your forms once a year. Learn about the project and get the forms here.

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Wader-Washing Locations

Protect Missouri’s trout fishing—wash your waders! Use our location maps to find wader-washing stations and prevent the spread of didymo—a slimy, invasive alga—at your favorite trout park.

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MU Students Assisting With Pallid Sturgeon

Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Effort

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking participants to assist in the collection of pallid sturgeon broodstock for artificial propagation.

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Table Rock Lake Habitat Project

In 2007, the Missouri Department of Conservation partnered with Bass Pro Shops, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and many other partners to begin a six-year project aimed at sustaining and improving fish habitat in Table Rock Lake.

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Zebra Mussel

Zebra Mussel Control

These invasive, fingernail-sized, black-and-white striped "clams" hurt Missouri's waters. Learn to avoid spreading them.

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