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2010 Regulations Update

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2010

Last revision: Dec. 17, 2010

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if the trapper has completed the course and is certified to use cable restraints.

Requiring anglers to watch their unanchored jug lines helps reduce catfish waste and jug-line litter. However, to allow anglers to put out jug lines in several locations on a lake, unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at least one time per hour instead of the entire time the jug line is set. On streams, however, jug lines still must be personally attended at all times.

Ice-fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are now considered a pole-and-line method. This will allow anglers to use this tackle in areas where only poles-and-line methods are allowed.

At the request of people interested in bowfishing tournaments, the Conservation Department now allows bowfishing 24 hours a day on rivers where commercial fishing is allowed. These rivers include: the flowing portions of the Missouri River, the Mississippi River except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County, and that part of the St. Francis River which forms a boundary between the states of Arkansas and Missouri, and also waters which exist temporarily through overflow from the Mississippi River east of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape Girardeau and Scott City, and east of the Mississippi River mainline and setback levees between Commerce and the Arkansas state line.

Since the floods of 1993, populations of exotic Asian carp have been expanding into Missouri’s big rivers. To make it easier to harvest these species, some of which jump into boats, anglers can now take bighead, common, grass and silver carp by handnet and can keep those that jump into a boat or on land. These fish can be possessed in any numbers.

Some regulations are designed to protect the health of individual species that are an integral part of Missouri’s biodiversity. Some of these rules involve harvest regulations, and others are related to importation of exotic species. These changes are listed below:

The number and populations of native mussels continues to be a concern in many states due to polluted waters and exotic mussel species that compete for their habitat. For many years, commercial fisherman were allowed to harvest native mussels; but as their numbers of mussels diminished, few fisherman were taking them. As a result, mussels may no longer be taken and sold by commercial fisherman.

Common snapping and softshell turtles are other species that are harvested commercially, but few are reported each year. Now commercial

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