While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail, and skin intact.
Mainstem and its tributaries: Walleye and sauger—18” minimum length limit
In Dent, Texas and Shannon counties: The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
River and its tributaries from lower boundary of Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove Bridge - 9 miles: Blue Ribbon Trout Area
Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create excellent catch-and-release fishing, and provide the occasional chance to harvest a trophy. These areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked with brown trout, and the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbows.
Length Limit: At least 18"
Daily Limit: 1
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies
Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.
Mainstem and its tributaries:
Length limit: Spotted bass—No minimum length limit.
Daily limit: Black bass—12 fish including no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species.
In Crawford and Phelps counties:
The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited.
In Crawford and Phelps counties from the elevated cable crossing to the Meramec River:
Part of the Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area, see restrictions below.
In Phelps and Dent counties, upstream from the elevated cable crossing:
Length Limit: Trout minimum—15 inch
Daily limit: Trout—2
They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.
Length Limit: At least 15"
Daily Limit: 2
Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies
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 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|
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.
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.