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.
Lakewide: Ozark and Taney
Catfish (channel, blue and flathead): 10, combined total of these three species
Crappie: 15 fish
Black bass: minimum 15" on largemouth and smallmouth bass; minimum 12" on spotted bass
Crappie: 10" minimum
On the lake and its tributaries: Ozark, Taney, Christian, and Douglas
Striped bass: only 3 striped bass may be included in the aggregate
Walleye and sauger: minimum 18"
Striped bass: minimum 20"
There are no length limits for white bass, yellow bass, or their hybrids.
In the Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160: Taney
From February 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger may be taken and possessed only between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
From Powersite Dam to Highway 76: Taney
Prohibited Methods: Trotlines, throwlines and limb lines
Length limits: Black bass: minimum 15”
Blue and flathead catfish: minimum 26"
Daily limit: Crappie: 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.
Walleye and sauger: No seasonal restrictions on the hours for take and possession.
Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all flowing portions.
Downstream from Carl R. Noren Access to Chamois Access
All shovelnose sturgeon must be returned to the water immediately after being caught.
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.