Fishing Seasons and Limits

GAME FISH OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT
Crappie All Year 30
Channel & Blue Catfish All Year 10
Flathead Catfish All Year 5
Rock Bass & Warmouth All Year 15
White bass, yellow bass and
striped bass
and their hybrids
All Year 15
Trout All Year 5
Black bass in streams May 30-Feb. 28 in specified zone  
Black bass in impoundments; All Year 6
Muskellunge & northern pike All Year 1
Chain & grass pickerel All Year 6
Walleye & sauger All Year 4
Paddlefish/spoonbill March 15 to April 30  
 

Fish Length Limits

SPECIES LAKE/STREAM MINIMUM LENGTH LIMIT
Black Bass
(largemouth, smallmouth and spotted)
All Streams 12 inches
  Blue Springs Lake 15 Inches
  Bull Shoals Lake **
  Lake of the Ozarks **
  Long Branch Lake 15 inches
  Longview Lake 15 inches
  Mark Twain Lake 15 inches
  Montrose Lake 15 inches
  Norfork Lake **
  Smithville Lake 15 inches
  Stockton Lake 15 inches
  Tablerock Lake 15 inches
  Thomas Hill Lake 15 inches
  Thuman Lake 15 inches
  Pomme de Terri Lake 13 inches
  Clarence Cannon
Re-regulation Pool
12 inches
White bass, yellow bass
striped bass and their
hybrids
Thomas Hill Lake 20 inches
  Clarence Cannon
Re-regulation Pool
12 inches
  Other Lake ***
Rock bass **** 9 inches
Crappie Stockton Lake 10 inches
  Table Rock Lake 10 inches
  Bull Shoals Lake 10 inches
  Norfolk Lake 10 inches
  Lake of the Ozarks 9 inches
  Pomme de Terre Lake 9 inches
  Smithville Lake 9 inches
Muskellunge All waters 36 inches
Paddlefish All waters 24 inches
Walleye Blue Springs Lake 18 inches
  Bull Shoals Lake 18 inches
  Long Branch Lake 18 inches
  Longview Lake 18 inches
  Mark Twain Lake 18 inches
  Norfork Lake 18 inches
  Smithville Lake 18 inches
  Stockton Lake 18 inches
  Table Rock Lake 18 inches
 
*The head and tail must remain attached to the fish while you are fishing on waters where length limits apply.
**15 inches for largemounth and smallmouth, 12 inches for spotted bass.
***Although the daily and possession limits are 15 and 30, only 4 fish in the daily limit and 8 in the possession limit may be more than 18 inches.
****Black Bass and Rock Bass Stream Management Areas:
Big River from Mammoth Road bridge to Brown's Ford Road bridge. The daily limit in the aggregate is 6 black bass, and only I smallmouth bass may be included. All smallmouth less than 15 inches in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. Statewide limits apply to other species except that, on the Big River from Highway 21 bridge (near DeSoto) to its confluence with the Meramec River, there is no length limit on spotted (Kentucky) bass.
Big Buffalo Creek and its tributaries down to Lake of the Ozarks at the bridge on Benton County Road SE 971. All smallmouth bass must be returned to the water immediately after being caught. The daily limit for other black bass is 6 in the aggregate, and all black bass under 12 inches in total length must be returned to the water immediately after being caught. Big Piney River from Highway 17 bridge to Sand Shoals bridge. Within this area, the daily limit is 9 rock bass. All rock bass less than 9 inches must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.
Big Piney River from Slabtown Access to Ross Access. The daily limit in the aggregate is 6 black bass, and only I smallmouth bass may be included. All smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.
Gasconade River from Highway Y bridge in Pulaski County to Highway D bridge in Phelps County. The daily limit in the aggregate is 6 black bass, and only 1 smallmouth bass may be included. All smallmouth bass less than 18 inches in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.
Jacks Fork River from Highway 17 bridge to Highway 106 bridge. The daily limit in the aggregate is 6 black bass, and only I smallmouth bass may be included. All smallmouth bass less than than 18 inches and all other black bass less than 12 inches in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.
James River from Hooten Town bridge (Stone County Road A-90) to Highway 13 bridge. The daily limit is 6 black bass in the aggregate, and only 1 smallmouth bass may be taken. All smallmouth and largemouth bass less than 15 inches and spotted (Kentucky) bass less than 12 inches must be returned to the water immediately.
Meramec River from Scott's Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird's Nest. The daily limit is 6 black bass in the aggregate, and only 1 smallmouth bass may be taken. All smallmouth bass less than 15 inches and all other black bass less than 12 inches must be returned to the water immediately.

This info was provided by Missouri Department of Conservation