2001 Wildlife Code Changes
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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- Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season - The Department has established an annual two-day, Youth Spring Turkey Season for Missouri residents age 15 years or younger who possess a Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting permit or prescribed turkey hunting permit. The Spring Youth Turkey Hunting Season will begin on the Saturday nine (9) days before the Monday opening of the spring season. Those participating in the Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season may take one (1) male