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
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.
Black bass: minimum 15" length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" length limit on spotted bass.
Crappie: minimum 9"
Nongame fish: Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only.
On the lake and its tributaries
Blue catfish: 10 fish daily and possession limit, with not 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; the daily limit may not contain more than 2 blue catfish more than 34".
Prohibited Methods: No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a daily limit of 2 paddlefish.