General Fishing Rules

Check this section for Missouri's rules on fishing methods, length limits, jug-line regulations, possession limits, culling, and transportation.

General Fishing Methods

Find out what methods of fishing are allowed in Missouri.

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Jug Line Regulations

Find out what you need to jug fish legally in Missouri.

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Alabama Rig Regulations

The Alabama, umbrella and similar rigs may be fished in Missouri so long as they use only three lures or baits. The remaining attachment points can include similar baits so long as their hooks have been removed or other hookless attractors such as spinner blades are used.

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Possession and Length Limits

Find out how big and how many fish you can keep.

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Commercial Shovelnose Fishing Restricted

In a nationwide effort to protect declining populations of the federally endangered pallid sturgeon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ruled in early October 2010 that shovelnose sturgeon must be treated as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of their similarity in appearance to the pallid sturgeon.

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