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Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Restrictions

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.
Area Type

Name
Winter Trout Fishing Area

Name
Winter Trout Fishing Area
Fish Image
Winter Trout Area
Area Information

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.

Sac River

Restrictions

From below Stockton Dam to Highway 32:

Allowed methods: Pole and line fishing only

St. Francis River

Restrictions

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.

Stockton Lake

Restrictions

Length limits:
Black bass: minimum 15” length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
Crappie: minimum 10”

Daily limit:
Crappie: 15

Wappapello Lake

Restrictions

Daily Limit:
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”