Game Fish Regulations
Find out specific regulations and permit requirements for a variety of Missouri's game fish.
Regulations by Species
|Bass Regulations: White, yellow, striped and hybrid||Open All Year|
|Bass Regulations: Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky||Impoundments||Open All Year|
|Bass Regulations: Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky||From other streams||Open All Year|
|Bass Regulations: Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky||From Ozark streams||Sat, 05/25/2013 - Fri, 02/28/2014|
|Catfish Regulations: Blue||Open All Year|
|Catfish Regulations: Channel||Open All Year|
|Catfish Regulations: Flathead||Open All Year|
|Crappie Regulations: Black and white||Open All Year|
|Goggle-eye (Rock Bass) Regulations||Open All Year|
|Muskellunge Regulations||Open All Year|
|Northern Pike Regulations||Open All Year|
|Paddlefish (Spoonbill) Regulations||Fri, 03/15/2013 - Tue, 04/30/2013|
|Paddlefish (Spoonbill) Regulations||Mississippi River||Fri, 03/15/2013 - Wed, 05/15/2013|
|Pickerel Regulations: Chain and Grass||Open All Year|
|Shovelnose Sturgeon Regulations||Open All Year|
|Trout Regulations||Trout Areas||Open All Year|
|Trout Regulations: No Creel||Trout Parks||Fri, 11/08/2013 - Mon, 02/10/2014|
|Trout Regulations||Trout Parks||Fri, 03/01/2013 - Thu, 10/31/2013|
|Walleye and Sauger Regulations||Open All Year|
- Do Not Harvest List
- Fish ID and Measuring
- Game Fish Regulations
- General Fishing Rules
- Live Bait Regulations
- Nongame Fish Regulations
- Nongame Species Regulations
- Reciprocal Fishing Privileges
- Special Area Fishing Regulations
- Truman Reservoir and Lake of the Ozarks Blue Catfish Regulation Changes Proposed
- Why "No" to Noodling?
- Porous-Soled Wader Ban
Check the Code
This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year. Refer to the Wildlife Code.
Keep ATVs out of streams!
It’s illegal to drive ATVs in Missouri’s streams unless …
- You’re a landowner or lessee on land you own or lease.
- You’re a farm worker.
- You’re using your ATV on a crossing that is part of the highway system.
Violators could lose their fishing and hunting privileges!
MDC's Mission, Vision, Priorities
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources.
We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.