Osage River below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54. This regulation will protect small paddlefish and catfish from snagging and associated high hooking mortality. Fishing by pole and line is now allowed in this entire area throughout the year.
Rock Bass (goggle-eye) on the Eleven Point River and Osage Fork of the Gasconade River - All rock bass smaller than eight (8) inches in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from the Eleven Point River from Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line and from the Osage Fork of the Gasconade River from Skyline Drive bridge (near Orla in Laclede County) to its confluence with the Gasconade River. These regulations will help improve and maintain the quality of goggle-eye fishing in these streams.
Black Bass on Montrose Lake - The minimum length limit on black bass has been increased to 18 inches. The daily limit has been reduced to two (2) bass.
Little Piney Creek Trout Areas - A new wild trout management area has been established on about 10 miles of Little Piney Creek from the Phelps County Line in Sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, including Piney Spring Branch and Lane Spring Branch, to Milldam Hollow Access. In this area, the daily limit is one (1) trout. All trout less than 18 inches in total length caught in these waters must be returned to the water unharmed immediately. Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. In these same waters, fish may not be taken by gig, crossbow or longbow. Fish taken by gig, crossbow or longbow may not be possessed on these waters or the banks thereof. A new trout management area will be established on about four miles of Little Piney Creek from Milldam Hollow Access to County Road 7360. Keeper-size trout will be stocked in this area from March through October.
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.
New Regulations for the Mississippi River
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