What's New in 2013
- On Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes and their tributaries, only three striped bass may be included in the aggregate daily limit, and all striped bass less than 20 inches long must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. See Special Area Fishing Regulations below.
- There is a new boundary for bow fishing below the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool Dam. See the Salt River entry in Special Area Fishing Regulations below.
Missouri's 2013 fishing regulations come into effect March 1, 2013, and remain in effect through February 28, 2014.
The "Do Not Harvest" list protects rare, threatened and endangered native Missouri fish.
Learn to identify and measure the fish and other aquatic life you catch so you can abide by Missouri's seasons, daily limits, length limits, and other regulations. When in doubt, play it safe, and return the fish to the water unharmed immediately.
Everyone who fishes in Missouri must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit, or qualify for an exemption. Browse Missouri fishing permit rules and obligations.
Browse specific regulations and permit requirements for a variety of Missouri's game fish.
Check this section for Missouri's rules on fishing methods, length limits, jug-line regulations, possession limits, culling, and transportation.
Know Missouri's live-bait regulations, including species, methods, length limits, seasons and daily limits.
Missouri's nongame fish include bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar and all other species other than those defined as game fish or listed as endangered.
Know the regulations for some of Missouri's nongame clams, frogs and turtles.
Fishing privileges on boundary waters between Missouri and an adjoining state are mutually agreed upon by the two states. Know which state you're fishing in and the regulations that apply.
Knowing regulations and permits definitions helps you abide by the Wildlife Code of Missouri.
Most large reservoirs, lakes, rivers, streams, and trout areas in Missouri have methods, seasons, limits, or other fishing regulations that are different from the statewide rules. Browse special fishing regulations by area type, region, or specific area.
Download and print these special regulations for August A. Busch Conservation Area Lakes, St. Louis Urban Fishing Program Lakes and MDC and Community Assistance Program (CAP) Lakes.
Comment on proposed protective regulations aimed to build better blue cats on Truman Reservoir and Lake Ozark.
Hand-fishing has been illegal in Missouri since 1919, yet efforts to legalize it continue. This page explains why the Missouri Department of Conservation opposes hand-fishing.
To prevent the spread of didymo, an invasive alga, the use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material is prohibited at all trout parks, trout streams, Lake Taneycomo and buffer areas.