Unless exempt, you need fishing permit as well as a daily trout tag from March 1 to October 31. The daily trout tag is $4 for adults and $3 for youth 15 and younger. Trout tags and permits can be purchased at the park.
During the November through February catch-and-release season the annual trout permit replaces the daily trout tag.
November 12, 2021 - February 14, 2022
Trout fishing is allowed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST, Fridays through Mondays.
Catch-and-release fishing only. (Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.)
Allowed lures: flies only
March 1 - October 31
Daily limit: 4 of all species combined. You must stop fishing after have 4 trout in your possession.
|March||6:30 am CST
7:30 am CDT
|6:00 pm CST
7:00 pm CDT
|April||7:00 am||7:30 pm|
|May||6:30 am||8:15 pm|
|June/July||6:30 am||8:30 pm|
|August||7:00 am||8:00 pm|
|September||7:30 am||7:15 pm|
|October||7:30 am||6:30 pm|
Allowed lures: Flies, artificial lures, or soft plastic baits, depending on zone. See the Bennett Spring Hatchery area map for details.
- Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time.
- Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited.
- Some waters are posted as restricted to specific baits or lures.
- The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.
Fishing zones, allowed methods, and regulations vary. Ask for additional information when you purchase your tag.
Bennett Spring State Park is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Monday.
Within the wing walls of Clearwater Dam:
No fishing is allowed.
Within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Clearwater Dam:
Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited.
Mainstem and its tributaries:
Daily limit: Black bass: 12 fish, including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species
Length limit: Spotted bass: None
From Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to Huzzah Creek:
Length limit: Goggle-eye: minimum 8”
Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below:
Daily limit: 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.
Length limit: Spotted bass—No minimum length limit
From Highway F in Washington County to the Big River:
Length limit: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”
Daily 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
This area encompasses the Mississippi River, including
- Pools 20-26,
Mississippi River, including Pools 20-26
Paddlefish—The open season is March 15 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.
Nongame fish—Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through May 15 and from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.
Channel catfish and blue catfish—The daily and possession limit is 20, combined total of these species.
Flathead catfish—The daily and possession limit is 10 fish.
Walleye and sauger—The daily and possession limit is 8, combined total of both species.
White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids—The daily and possession limit is 30, combined total of these species.
Nongame fish—The daily and possession limit is 100, combined total of these species, except that bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number.
Black bass—minimum 12”
Walleye and sauger—None
White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids—None
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all flowing portions, except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike County where they may only be taken by bow from sunrise to midnight.
Limit of 2 poles per licensed angler
Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline
The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.
From Bennett Spring Branch to Prosperine Access - 11.5 miles of stocked stream:
White Ribbon Trout Area, see restrictions below.
Coldwater streams capable of supporting trout populations year-round. All receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout, and some also receive brown trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a large trout.
Length Limit: Rainbows -- none; Browns -- at least 15"
Daily Limit: 4
Authorized Lures: All
From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River:
Daily limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass
Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”
You must have a trout permit to keep trout during other times of the year.
Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits, except during the dates listed below.
November 1 - January 31:
Catch-and-release only for trout.
Only flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits are allowed.
Fishing is permitted year-round during normal park or area hours. Unless indicated in the area rules, trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide limits. A trout permit is required to keep trout.