Walleye & Sauger

Species Description

Walleye fishing in Missouri is heating up, as the Missouri Department of Conservation has been stocking this popular game fish in lakes and reservoirs that can best support it. Stockton, Lake of the Ozarks, Bull Shoals and numerous other reservoirs should soon have an impressive walleye fishery.

This relative of the walleye is also called the Jack salmon, spotted Jack and sand pike. It's found mostly in the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and suitable tributaries, as well as the Eleven Point River in southern Missouri, mainly in flowing water and often swift current.

Fishing Type
Biological Information
Walleye & Sauger

Walleye side view photo with black background

Season Open
  • January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

From February 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed only between 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 after sunset. This restriction applies to all streams, except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.


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

Daily limit: 4
Possession limit: 8
Length limit: minimum 15"

Fishing: Allowed Methods


Pole and Line


Limb Line

Bank Line

Jug Line

Additional Info

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