2005 Wildlife Code Changes

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2005

Last revision: Nov. 17, 2010

less than 15 inches in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught from the unimpounded portion of any stream, unless otherwise restricted.

All brown trout and all rainbow trout less than 18 inches in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught from:

  • Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County from County Road A-D to its confluence with Sinking Creek;
  • Crane Creek in Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195;
  • Current River and its tributaries from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove;
  • North Fork of the White River and its tributaries in Ozark County from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Patrick Bridge.

Trout Permits. A trout permit is required in addition to the prescribed fishing permit for fishing at:

  • Maramec Spring Trout Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the second Friday in November through the second Sunday in February;
  • Stone Mill Spring Branch in Pulaski County from November 1 through February 28;
  • Lake Taneycomo from the closed fishing zone, which is 760 feet below Table Rock Dam, downstream to the U.S. Highway 65 Bridge.

Trout Parks. The daily limit is four trout, and no person shall continue to fish for any species after having four trout in possession.

From March 1 through October 31, no person with four trout already in possession may fish on the designated portions of Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park where catch-and-release fishing only is permitted .

Stone Mill Spring Branch. Fishing is permitted on designated waters during posted hours. All anglers must have a valid trout permit. Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time. Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited. Flies, artificial lures, unscented soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits may be used, except in waters posted as restricted to specific baits or lures. The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.

Trout fishing is permitted from March 1 through October 31. The daily limit is four trout, and no person shall continue to fish for any species after having four trout in possession.

Trout fishing is also permitted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November 1 through the last day in February as posted. Only flies and artificial

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