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 Regulations Have Changed - on a number of small public lakes managed by the Department of Conservation. Always check the bulletin boards and signs in the parking lots of areas you are fishing to make sure you know the current regulations.
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have negotiated expanded reciprocal fishing privileges on their shared portion of the Mississippi River. In addition to being able to fish in the flowing portion of the Mississippi in either state, properly licensed or exempted anglers from Missouri may now fish either state‘s adjacent backwaters and shared oxbow lakes, and they may now fish from the bank or attach to the bank of either state.
Anglers must still abide by the regulations of the state in which they are fishing regardless of where they are licensed. They must also abide by the most restrictive of the two states‘ regulations when fishing the other state‘s waters. To make it easier for anglers to know and follow the regulations on the Mississippi River, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources have made a number of regulation changes that will bring uniformity to most of the sport fishing regulations. Missouri‘s new regulations on the Mississippi River are:
Black Bass: - A 12-inch minimum length limit on black bass on the entire Mississippi River, including Pools 20-26.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish: - The daily and possession limit on the Mississippi River is 20 in the aggregate.
Flathead Catfish: - The daily and possession limit on the Mississippi River is 10 fish.
Paddlefish: - The open season on the Mississippi River is March 15 through May 15, and September 15 through December 15.
White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass and Their Hybrids: - No minimum length limit on the Mississippi River. The daily and possession limit is 30 in the aggregate.
Other Fish (nongame fish): - The daily and possession limit on the Mississippi River is 100 in the aggregate. Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through May 15, and September 15 through December 15.
Not more than two unlabeled poles - and not more than fifty (50) hooks in the aggregate may be used by any person at one time on the Mississippi River.
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Season Dates - The Department clarified season dates on bullfrogs, green frogs, quail, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels, crows, pheasants and furbearers.
Wild Ginseng Harvest - New regulations specify parameters for the legal harvest of wild ginseng (Panax quinquefolium).
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