Fishing Seasons

Bass: White, Yellow, Striped & Hybrids

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Daily and possession limits are combination of white, yellow and striped bass and their hybrids.

Limits

Daily limit: 15
Possession limit: 30
Size limit: You may keep up to four fish longer than 18” per day.

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Black Bass: From Impoundments

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Limits

Daily limit: 6
Possession limit: 12
Size limit: none

Daily and possession limits are combination of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.

These regulations apply to impounded lakes, streams, and rivers.  Some areas have additional specific regulations.  Check area regulations.

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Black Bass: Non-Ozark Streams

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

These regulations apply to streams not defined as Ozark streams. View map of streams.

Limits

Daily limit: 6
Possession limit: 12
Size limit: minimum 12 inches

Daily and possession limits are combination of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.

Limits apply on all waters unless there are area specific regulations. Check area regulations.

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Catfish (Blue)

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 5
Possession limit: 10
Size limit: none

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Catfish (Channel)

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 10
Possession limit: 20
Size limit: none

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Catfish (Flathead)

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 5
Possession limit: 10
Size limit: none

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Crappie (Black and White)

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 30
Possession limit: 60
Size limit: None

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Goggle-Eye (Rock Bass) and Warmouth

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 15
Possession limit: 30
Size limit: minimum 7"

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Muskellunge

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Limits apply on all waters except on areas with special regulations. Check area regulations.

Limits

Daily limit: 1 muskellunge or 1 northern pike
Possession limit: 2
Size limit: minimum 36"

Methods

Fishing: Allowed Methods

Methods

Pole and Line

Trotline

Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method.

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Mussels and Clams

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Notes

Mussels listed in the Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist may not be taken or possessed.

Daily and possession limits do not apply to Asiatic clams.

Two shell halves (valves) shall be considered 1 mussel or clam.

Limits

Daily limit: 5, combined total of all species (except Asian clams, which may be taken and possessed in any number). This limit applies to live and dead animals.
Possession limit: 10

Methods
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