MDC hosts open house on proposed smallmouth and rock bass regs changes at Powder Valley Nature Center

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. – In an effort to work with Missourians to improve the fishery for smallmouth and rock bass, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking public input on a number of potential regulations changes it is proposing.
To help do so, MDC is hosting an open house at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Staff will be on hand to provide more information, answer questions, and get public comments on the proposed changes. The Department invites anglers and others to stop any time during the two-hour period.

Smallmouth bass and rock bass -- also called goggle eye -- are very popular with anglers on Missouri's Ozark streams. However, research by MDC shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.

As a result, many anglers surveyed by MDC have reported that fishing quality for rock bass has declined over the past decade. Many anglers also have responded that the minimum-length limits and daily limits for smallmouth on rivers and creeks vary and can be complicated.

Based on research and angler feedback, the Conservation Department is proposing changes to fishing regulations for these two popular game fish that would help grow smallmouth and rock bass while simplifying regulations for smallmouth in MDC Special Management Areas.

The nature center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44. For more information call 314-301-1500.

MDC is also accepting public comments online at, or by mail at Missouri Department of Conservation, Attn: Policy Coordination, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

The Department is also holding other open houses throughout the state. For a complete listing, go to