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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.

Catfish Management

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Download and browse Missouri's statewide catfish management plan.

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Read this summary of Missouri's commercial fishery data for 2000–2012 and a synthesis of the harvest trends for the last 68 years (1945–2012).

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The lake sturgeon recovery program's mission is to improve populations of a state-endangered species, and increase the sturgeon’s numbers sufficiently to provide a unique sport fishing opportunity to Missouri anglers. Download this document to learn more.

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Download and browse Missouri's muskie management plan.

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Paddlefish Management

Missouri's primary paddlefish management goals are to maintain healthy and sustainable populations and manage paddlefish statewide as a high-quality sport fish.

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Missouri's pallid sturgeon recovery efforts include understanding more about their life history, restoration of habitat, and artificial propagation. Download this 16-page document to learn more.

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Smallmouth Bass Management

Missouri manages stream smallmouth-bass populations to provide a variety of fishing opportunities now and for future generations of anglers.

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Trout Management

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Trout fishing accounts for about 14 percent of all Missouri angling effort. Trout habitat, however, is limited. Because trout fishing is so popular and the resource is so limited, Missouri's plan ensures the most efficient and effective management. Download and browse this 40-page report for more details.

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Walleye Management

As the popularity of walleye fishing has increased in Missouri, management efforts have followed suit in many of the state’s rivers and lakes.

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