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.
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.
Black bass: minimum 15” for largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” for spotted bass
Crappie: minimum 9”
On the lake and its tributaries:
Do not continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.
Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".
Paddlefish: minimum 34” body length, measured from eye to fork of tail
Blue catfish: 26" to 34" protected slot length limit; 10 fish daily and possession limit; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".
Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right descending bank below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restricted zone:
Area note: No fishing is allowed.
From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam throughout the no-boating zone (look for signs and buoys):
Area note: Paddlefish may not be possessed.
From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. Highway 65:
Prohibited methods: Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are prohibited.
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
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these species
Black bass: minimum 15” on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12” on spotted bass
Crappie: minimum 10”
On the lake and its tributaries:
Striped Bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate.
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18”
Striped Bass: minimum 20”
White bass, yellow bass, or their hybrids: none
Within 225 feet below Bagnell Dam:
No fishing is allowed, except live bait may be taken by dip net and throw net only.
From the no-fishing zone below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54:
Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are prohibited.
From U.S. Highway 54 to the Missouri River:
Snagging, snaring and grabbing for nongame fish are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.
No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.
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.
Above Wappapello Dam, from the lake and its tributaries including the St. Francis River and its tributaries:
Size limit: Walleye and sauger — minimum 18”
Within 225 feet below Wappapello Dam:
No fishing is allowed.
From within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Wappapello Dam:
Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited.
Within that part of the river that forms a boundary between Arkansas and Missouri
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in the flowing portions.
From Highway B in Carter County to Cane Creek
Length limits: Smallmouth bass—minimum 15”
Daily limit: 6 black bass including only 1 smallmouth bass.
Crappie: 30 with no more than 15 fish over nine inches.
On the lake and its tributaries including the St. Francis River and its tributaries above Wappapello Dam
Length limit: Walleye and sauger: minimum 18”