Special Area Fishing Regulations

Know the regs for the waters you fish

Most public fishing areas have methods, seasons, limits or other fishing regulations that are different from the statewide rules. These special regulations are posted at the areas. It is your responsibility to know what regulations apply to the waters you are fishing. Please refer to area brochures, signs and bulletin boards before fishing these waters.

Special regulations on large reservoirs, rivers, streams and trout areas are summarized below. Special regulations also apply to the tributaries of some large reservoirs. These rules are listed under the name of the lake or stream. Statewide regulations apply unless otherwise indicated below.

Capps Creek

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

4 miles upstream from its junction with Shoal Creek:

White Ribbon Trout Area - Daily limit 4

  • Rainbow Trout - no length limit
  • Brown Trout - minimum length of 15"
  • All lures allowed

Carp Lake

  • Trout permits are required if trout are kept.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.

Year-round: 

You must stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession 

Nov. 1 - Jan. 31: 

  • Only 1 pole may be used.
  • Use of chum is prohibited.

Chaumiere Lake

  • Trout fishing is allowed year 'round.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • Trout permits are required if trout are kept.

Coot Lake

  • Winter trout fishing November through March.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits.
  • Trout permits are required if trout are kept.

Cosmo-Bethel Lake

  • Trout permits are required if trout are kept.
  • Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.

Nov. 1 - Jan. 31: 

  • Catch and release only for trout
  • Flies, artificial lures and unscented soft plastic baits only

Courtois Creek

Mainstem and its tributaries:

  • Black bass—The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
  • Spotted bass—No minimum length limit

From Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to Huzzah Creek:

  • Goggle-eye—8” minimum length limit

Crane Creek

In Stone and Lawrence counties:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

In Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195:

Blue Ribbon Trout Area—Length limit at least 18"; Daily limit of 1.

  • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
  • Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Current River

Mainstem and its tributaries:

  • Walleye and sauger—18” minimum length limit

In Dent, Texas and Shannon counties:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

From Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove:

Blue Ribbon Trout Area—Length limit at least 18"; Daily limit of 1.

  • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
  • Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Downstream from Cedar Grove Bridge crossing:

White Ribbon Trout Area - Daily limit 4

  • Rainbow Trout - no length limit
  • Brown Trout - minimum length of 15"
  • All lures allowed

From Cedar Grove to the Arkansas line:

  • Nongame fish—The daily limit may include no more than 5 hogsuckers.

Dry Fork Creek

Mainstem and its tributaries:

  • Black bass—The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
  • Spotted bass—No minimum length limit.

In Crawford and Phelps counties:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

In Crawford and Phelps counties from the elevated cable crossing to the Meramec River:

Part of the Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area—Length limit at least 15"; Daily limit 2.

  • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.

In Phelps and Dent counties, upstream from the elevated cable crossing:

  • Trout—15” minimum length limit; daily limit 2.

Eleven Point River

Mainstem and its tributaries:

  • Walleye and sauger—18” minimum length limit

In Oregon County:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line:

  • Goggle-eye—8” minimum length limit.
  • Smallmouth bass—15” minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

From Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill:

Blue Ribbon Trout Area—Length limit at least 18"; Daily limit 1.

  • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
  • Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

Downstream from Turner Mill Access:

White Ribbon Trout Area - Daily limit 4

  • No length limit
  • All lures allowed
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