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Big River

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

Daily and possession limit: Black bass: 12 fish including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.

Size limit: Spotted bass: None

From the Council Bluff Lake Dam to the Meramec River: 

Daily and possession limit: 12 black bass including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass

Size limit: Smallmouth bass: minimum 15 inches

Bourbeuse River

Restrictions

Mainstem and its tributaries:
Spotted bass: No length limits
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.

Lake Taneycomo

Restrictions

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.
Lake Taneycomo is stocked monthly with rainbow trout and annually with brown trout.
Must also have trout permit upstream of U.S. Highway 65 bridge to fish for any species.

On the lake and its tributaries: 
Brown trout: 20 inch minimum length limit; the daily limit of 4 trout, combined total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout.

Within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam: 
No fishing is allowed.

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek:
Rainbow trout: 12 to 20 inches protected slot length limit
Pole and line fishing only
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 the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 bridge:
Fishing permit (unless exempt) and a trout permit are required to fish for any species.

Area Type

Name
Large Trout Lake

Name
Large Trout Lake
Fish Image
Trout Lake
Area Information

On the lake and its tributaries:

  • Brown trout—20” minimum length limit; the daily limit of 4 trout, combined total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout.
  • The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.

Within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam:

  • No fishing is allowed.

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek:

  • Rainbow trout—12” to 20” protected slot length limit
  • Pole and line fishing only
  • 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 the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 bridge:

  • Fishing permit (unless exempt) and a trout permit are required to fish for any species.

McKay Park Lake (Jefferson City)

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.

Osage River

Restrictions

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.

Union City Lake

Restrictions

Trout permits are required if trout are kept.

Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits allowed by state regulations, except during the dates listed below.
 

November 1 - January 31:

Catch and release only for trout.
Flies, artificial lures, and unscented soft plastic baits only.
Only 1 pole may be used.
Use of chum is prohibited.

February 1 - October 31: You must stop fishing for all species after having 4 trout in possession.

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.