Specific Fishing Regulations

Little Piney Creek

In Phelps County:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

From the Phelps County line in sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, including Piney Spring Branch and Lane Spring Branch to Milldam Hollow Access:

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 of Milldam Hollow Access

White Ribbon Trout Area - Daily limit 4

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

Little Platte River

Between Smithville Dam and U.S. Highway 169:

  • Pole and line fishing only
  • Paddlefish may not be possessed on the water or adjacent banks.

Long Branch Lake

  • Black bass—15” minimum length limit
  • Hybrid striped bass—20” minimum length limit; daily limit of 4
  • Crappie—15 fish daily limit
  • Walleye and sauger—18” minimum length limit

Longview Lake

  • Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.
  • Black bass—15” minimum length limit

Maramec Spring Park

Is open and stocked daily from March 1 through Oct. 31. Anglers need a fishing permit, unless exempt, as well as a daily trout tag. The daily trout tag is $3 for adults and $2 for those 15 and younger.

The daily limit is 4, and you must stop fishing for any species after having 4 trout in possession. Area regulations, fishing methods, and zones vary. Ask for details when you purchase your tag.

Catch-and-release fishing is only available from the second Friday in November through the second Monday in February. Maramec Spring Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fishing permit, unless exempt, and a trout permit are required. Only flies may be used.

Mark Twain Lake

  • Black bass—15” minimum length limit
  • Crappie—15 fish daily limit

McKay Park 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

Meramec River

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below:

  • Black bass—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.

From Highway 8 bridge to Scott’s Ford:

Red Ribbon Trout Area—Length limit at 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.

From Scott’s Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest:

  • Smallmouth bass—15” minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit of 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass.

From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation Area:

  • Goggle-eye—8” minimum length limit

Mill Creek

In Phelps County:

The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

From Yelton Spring to Little Piney Creek, including Wilkins Spring and spring branch:

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.

Mineral Fork

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below:

  • 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 F in Washington County to the Big River:

  • Smallmouth bass—15” minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit of 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass