Regulations Update

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2008

Last revision: Dec. 7, 2010

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Everyday Pond at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph is the latest addition to the popular winter trout fishing program that now includes more than 25 lakes around the state. It offers catch-and-release trout fishing from Nov. 1-Jan. 31. Only flies, artificial lures and unscented soft plastic baits may be used. The rest of the year, statewide methods and limits apply. Trout permits are required if trout are kept.

According to electrofishing samples on the Meramec River, the annual mortality of goggleeye is over 70 percent and few reach 8 inches in length. Because these fish are highly sought in the Meramec River basin streams and to accommodate anglers who want to catch larger goggle-eye, an 8-inch minimum length limit is in effect on Courtois Creek from the Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to its confluence with Huzzah Creek, on Huzzah Creek from Willhite Road in Crawford County to its confluence with the Meramec River and on the Meramec River from the Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Pallisades Conservation Area.

On Blind Pony Lake, Hunnewell Lake, Lake Paho conservation areas, only Department-owned boats may be used and only electric motors are permitted. Waters from these areas are used to supply hatcheries. Due to the recent spread of zebra mussels into more areas of Missouri, this regulation change will help protect hatchery equipment from the damage caused by these exotic mussels and avoid spreading the mussels to other lakes where hatchery fish are stocked. Because boats and motor use will be restricted, the daily rental fee will be eliminated for Department-owned boats. In another effort to stop zebra mussels spreading to hatchery waters on these conservation areas, bait transported or held in containers with water also will be prohibited.

From Feb. 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed only between 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset in the unimpounded portions of all streams, except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The regulation previously stated that these fish could be possessed from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Referencing legal fishing hours to sunrise and sunset is a more accurate way to define daylight hours. Allowing anglers to possess walleye and sauger during daylight hours enables them to fish for these species while protecting spawning walleye at night when they are easy to locate.

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