Fishing Seasons

Turtles (Soft-shelled)

Season Not Open
Dates
July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022
Notes

Alligator snapping turtles are an endangered species, and it is illegal to hunt or collect them. Learn to identify alligator snapping turtles.

Limits

Daily limit: 2
Possession limit: 4

Combined total of all species.

Methods

Turtles: Allowed Methods

Methods

Hand

Hand net

Bow

Crossbow

Trotline

Throwline

Limb line

Bank line

Jug line

Snagging

Snaring

Grabbing

Pole and line

Turtles: Prohibited Methods

Methods

Firearms

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

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Nongame Fish: Gig/Atlatl: Streams and Impounded Waters

Season Open
Dates
September 15, 2022 to February 15, 2023
Hours

Sunrise to midnight

Limits

Daily limit: 20
Possession limit: 40, except on the Mississippi River which has a daily and possession limit of 100.

The daily limit is the combined total of all nongame species taken by all nongame methods. If you have taken 50 nongame species using a pole and line, then you cannot take 20 nongame species using a gig/atlatl. If you have taken 20 nongame species via gig/atlatl, then you can only take an additional 30 nongame species using a pole and line, or other line method.

On the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to the Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit.

On Lake of the Ozarks and it tributaries, Osage River below U.S. Highway 54, and Truman Lake and it tributaries, gigging, snaring, and snagging for any species is not allowed after taking and possessing the daily limit of 2 paddlefish.

Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp may be possessed in any number and do not count in the daily or possession limit.

Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp that jump from the water into a boat or onto land may also be taken and possessed in any number.

Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks.

Methods
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Nongame Fish: Snagging/Grabbing: Streams and Impounded Waters

Season Not Open
Dates
March 15, 2022 to May 15, 2022
September 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023
Hours

24 hours

Limits

Daily limit: 20
Possession limit: 40, except on the Mississippi River which has a daily and possession limit of 100.

The daily limit is the combined total of all nongame species taken by all nongame methods. If you have taken 50 nongame species using a pole and line, then you cannot take 20 nongame species via snagging/grabbing. If you have taken 20 nongame species via snagging/grabbing, then you can only take an additional 30 nongame species using a pole and line, or other line method.

On the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to the Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit.

On Lake of the Ozarks and it tributaries, Osage River below U.S. Highway 54, and Truman Lake and its tributaries, gigging, snaring, and snagging for any species is not allowed after taking and possessing the daily limit of 2 paddlefish.

Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp may be possessed in any number and do not count in the daily or possession limit.

Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp that jump from the water into a boat or onto land may also be taken and possessed in any number.

Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks.

Methods
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Nongame Fish: Snaring: Streams and Impounded Waters

Season Not Open
Dates
March 15, 2022 to May 15, 2022
September 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023
Hours

24 hours

Limits

Daily limit: 20
Possession limit: 40, except on the Mississippi River which has a daily and possession limit of 100.

The daily limit is the combined total of all nongame species taken by all nongame methods. If you have taken 50 nongame species using a pole and line, then you cannot take 20 nongame species via snaring. If you have taken 20 nongame species via snaring, then you can only take an additional 30 nongame species using a pole and line, or other line method.

On the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to the Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit.

On Lake of the Ozarks and it tributaries, Osage River below U.S. Highway 54, and Truman Lake and its tributaries, gigging, snaring, and snagging for any species is not allowed after taking and possessing the daily limit of 2 paddlefish.

Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp,  grass carp, and silver carp may be possessed in any number and do not count in the daily or possession limit.

Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp that jump from the water into a boat or onto land may also be taken and possessed in any number.

Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks.

Methods
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Paddlefish: Mississippi River

Season Not Open
Dates
March 15, 2022 to May 15, 2022
September 15, 2022 to December 15, 2022
Notes

These regulations apply to paddlefishing on the Mississippi River.

Limits

Daily limit: 2
Possession limit: 4
Size limit: minimum 32"

Methods
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Trout: Catch-and-Release

Season Open
Dates
November 11, 2022 to February 13, 2023
Hours

Hours vary by park.

Notes

This season is open only in the following trout parks: Maramec Spring Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park, and Roaring River State Park.

Limits

You may not keep trout during this season. Fishing is catch-and-release only.

Methods
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Bass: White, Yellow, Striped & Hybrids

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
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, 2023 to December 31, 2023
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, 2023 to December 31, 2023
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, 2023 to December 31, 2023
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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