Sport Fishing:Seasons, Methods, Limits: Chapter 6

6.405 General Provisions.

Resident Annual Fishing Permit: $9
Daily Fishing Permit: $3
Nonresident Annual Fishing Permit: $30
Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing: $15
Annual Resident Conservation Permit: $70
Trout Permit: $6
Heritage Card: $2
Resident Lifetime Fishing Permit: $400
Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit: $800

(1) Fish, mussels and clams, bullfrogs and green frogs, turtles and live bait may be taken only as provided in this chapter or as further restricted in 4.115, 4.116 or other rules as noted.

(A) Permits Required.

1. Any person, to exercise the privileges in this chapter, must obtain and have on his/her per-son the prescribed permit, or evidence of exemption.

2. Any person possessing a valid sport fishing license issued by the state of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas or Nebraska, or who is legally exempted from those license requirements, without further permit or license, may fish with hook and line in the flowing portions of the Mississippi, St. Francis or Missouri River within the boundary of Missouri and adja-cent to the state where that person is licensed.

(B) Limits and Possession.

1. Any fish taken into actual possession, unless released unharmed immediately after being caught, shall continue to be included in thedaily limit of the taker for the day when taken except as authorized in paragraph (1) (B) 5. of this rule.

2. A person may possess only the daily limit of any species while on the waters or banks thereof to which the limit applies.

3. Regardless of where taken, no fish less than the specified minimum length limit shall be pos-sessed on the waters or banks thereof to which length limits apply. The head, tail and skin must remain attached to all fish for which length lim-its are established while those fish are on the waters to which length limits apply or until the fish have been checked by an agent of the department.

4. Fish held live for release by the sponsor after a bona fide fishing tournament need not be kept separate or identifiable following tournament judging if released unharmed to the waters from which taken on the day taken.

5. During the months of September through June, black bass released unharmed by partici-pants in a bona fide catch-and-release fishing

tournament, which requires entrants to have a boat livewell with adequate capacity and a pump constantly adding fresh or recirculating water, shall not be included in the daily limit, however, at no time may the daily limit be exceeded.

6. Aperson may possess no more than two (2) daily limits of any species at any time.

(C) Reciprocal Privileges: Mississippi, Missouri and St. Francis Rivers.

1. All reciprocal privileges outlined in this rule shall be contingent upon a grant of like privileges by the appropriate neighboring state to the duly licensed hook and line anglers of Missouri.

2. Regulations of the state where the fisherman is licensed shall apply in Arkansas, Tennessee and Nebraska boundary waters. Missouri regulations shall apply in the Missouri portion of Illinois, Kentucky and Kansas boundary waters.

Anglers not licensed in Missouri may not fish in the tributaries, bayous or backwaters of the Mississippi, St. Francis or Missouri Rivers; nor may they fish from or attach any device or equipment to land under the jurisdiction of Missouri. Anglers who hold Illinois licenses, when fishing in waters in which they are not licensed to fish by Missouri, shall comply with the most restrictive laws and regulations of the two (2) states.

(D) Impoundments and Streams.

1. For purposes of these rules, the arms of major hydroelectric or flood control impoundments will extend to the lake contour that is commonly referred to as conservation pool, multipurpose pool or normal pool, or to specific locations identified by posting. Impoundment rules apply to all other bodies of water impounded by dams and to natural lakes not permanently connected to flowing streams. Stream fishing rules apply above in-stream structures that do not elevate water levels above the stream's high bank and that do not regulate water flow.


6.410 Fishing Methods.

(1) Fish may be taken by the use of pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, gig, longbow, crossbow, underwater speargun, snagging, snaring, grabbing and falconry, but only as specifically authorized in 3CSR10-6.415 through 3CSR10-6.620. No person may attempt to take fish by rock or hand fishing, with or without hook.

(2) Not more than three (3) unlabeled poles may be used by any person at one (1) time. Not more than thirty-three (33) hooks in the aggregate, for any or all methods, may be used by any person at one (1) time. Minnow traps, hooks, trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines or jug lines may not be left unattended for more than twenty-four (24) hours or must be completely removed.

(3) Hooks attached to throwlines or trotlines shall be staged not less than two feet (2') apart. Trotlines and throwlines of more than one (1) individual may be attached together but the number of hooks in the aggregate shall not exceed thirty-three (33) and the lines must be labeled with each person's full name and address.

(4) No person may use any explosive, poison, chemical, electrical device or equipment capable of transmitting underwater signals to kill, attempt to kill, or stupefy fish, and no material and equipment may be possessed for those purposes on waters of the state or adjacent banks.

(5) Fish not hooked in the mouth or jaw, except those legally taken by snagging, snaring, grabbing, gig, longbow, crossbow, underwater speargun or falconry must be returned to the water unharmed immediately.

(6) Fish legally taken by snagging, snaring, grabbing, gig, longbow, crossbow, underwater spear fishing or falconry shall be retained by the taker and included in the prescribed daily limit.

(7) Minnow traps, trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines and live boxes shall be plainly labeled on a durable material with the full name and address of the person using the equipment.

(8) Spearguns may not be possessed on unimpounded waters or adjacent banks.

(9) As an aid to fishing methods, an artificial light may be used only above the water surface, except that underwater lights may be used to attract fish while fishing by pole and line.

(10) Endangered species and fish included in 3CSR10-6.505 through 3CSR10-6.545, their parts or eggs, may not be used for bait.


6.415 Restricted Zones.

(1) The following zones are closed to all fishing:

(A) Black River within the wing walls of Clearwater Dam.

(B) Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool within four hundred feet (400') below Clarence Cannon Dam (the no-boating zone).

(C) Greer Spring Branch as posted upstream from the south boundary of the private reservation.

(D) Lake Taneycomo within seven hundred sixty feet (760') below Table Rock Dam.

(E) Osage River within seventy-five (75) yards of Bagnell Dam from March 15 through April 30.

(F) Osage River/Lake of the Ozarks within seven hundred feet (700') on the left descending bank and one thousand twenty feet (1,020') on the right descending bank below Truman Dam (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' restricted zone).

(G) St. Francis River within two hundred twenty-five feet (225') below Wappapello Dam.

(2) Fish may be taken only by pole and line from:

(A) Osage River within seventy-five (75) yards of Bagnell Dam from May 1 through March 14.

(B) Blue Springs Lake, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.

(C) Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool from the posted powerline crossing upstream to the no-boating zone four hundred feet (400') below Clarence Cannon Dam.

(D) Little Platte River between Smithville Dam and U.S. Highway 169.

(E) Longview Lake, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.

(F) Sac River from below Stockton Dam to Highway 32.

(G) Salt River from below Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool Dam to Route A.

(H) Lake Taneycomo between the closed zone seven hundred sixty feet (760') below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek. (See definition of pole and line in Rule 11.805.)

(3) Fish may be taken by all prescribed methods except trotlines, throwlines and limb lines from:

(A) Bull Shoals Lake from below Powersite Dam to Highway 76.

(B) Osage River from seventy-five (75) yards below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54.

(C) Osage River/Lake of the Ozarks from the no fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. Highway 65. Snagging, snaring, grabbing and use of jug lines are also excluded in this zone.

(D) Black River within seven hundred feet (700')below the spillway walls of Clearwater Dam. Bowfishing and gigging are also excluded in this zone.

(E) St. Francis River within seven hundred feet (700') below the spillway walls of Wappapello Dam. Bowfishing and gigging are also excluded in this zone.

(4) Fish may be taken by all prescribed methods except gig, crossbow and longbow on the following waters and as further restricted in subsections (5) (D),

(E), (I) and (J) of this rule. Fish taken by gig, crossbow and longbow may not be possessed on these waters or the banks thereof.

(A) Current River from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove.

(B) Eleven Point River from its confluence with Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill.

(C) North Fork of White River in Ozark County from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Blair Bridge.

(D) Roubidoux Creek from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately one-half (1/2) mile below the Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville to its confluence with the Gasconade River.

(5) Fish may be taken by all prescribed methods except that only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited in:

(A) Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County from County Road A-D to its confluence with Sinking Creek.

(B) Blue Spring Creek in Crawford County from Blue Spring to its confluence with Meramec River.

(C) Crane Creek in Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195.

(D) Current River and its tributaries from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove.

(E) Eleven Point River in Oregon County from its confluence with Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill.

(F) Lake Taneycomo in Taney County from the closed zone seven hundred sixty feet (760') below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek.

(G) Meramec River and its tributaries, except

Maramec Spring Branch, in Crawford and Phelps counties from Highway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford.

(H) Mill Creek in Phelps County from Yelton Spring to its confluence with Little Piney River including Wilkins Spring and spring branch.

(I) North Fork of White River in Ozark County from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Blair Bridge.

(J) Roubidoux Creek from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately one-half (1/2) mile belowthe Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville to its confluence with the Gasconade River.

(K) Spring Creek in Phelps County from Relfe Spring to its confluence with Big Piney River.

(6) Fish may be taken by all prescribed methods except snagging, snaring and grabbing from James River from below Lake Springfield Dam to the Highway 160 bridge.


6.505 Black Bass.

(1) Daily Limit: Six (6) in the aggregate, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass and all black bass hybrids, except:

(A) The daily limit may include no more than one

(1) smallmouth bass on the Big Piney River from Slabtown Access to Ross Access, Big River from Mammoth Road bridge to Brown's Ford Road bridge, Gasconade River from Highway Ybridge (Pulaski County) to Highway D bridge (Phelps County), Jacks Fork River from Highway 17 bridge to Highway 106 bridge, James River from Hooten Town bridge (Stone County Road A-90) to Highway 13 bridge and Meramec River from Scott's Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird's Nest.

(B) On Big Buffalo Creek and its tributaries down to Lake of the Ozarks (at county bridge on Zora Road, Benton County, Section 25, T41N, R20W), all smallmouth bass must be returned to the water immediately after being caught.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons:

(A) Streams: Black bass may be taken throughout the year from the Mississippi River, all waters north of the south bank of the Missouri River, the St. Francis River downstream from Wappapello Dam and in that portion of southeast Missouri bounded by a line from Cape Girardeau following Highways 74 and 25, U.S. Highways 60, 67 and 160, and the west bank of the Little Black River to the Arkansas state line. In the remainder of the state from March 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day, no black bass may be possessed on the unimpounded portion of any stream and all black bass must be returned to the water immediately after being caught.

(B) Impoundments: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits:

(A) Streams: All black bass less than twelve inches (12") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from the unimpounded portion of any stream, except as follows:

1. On Big River from the Highway 21 bridge (near DeSoto) to its confluence with the Meramec River, there is no length limit on spot-ted (Kentucky) bass.2. On the Big Piney River from Slabtown Access to Ross Access, the Meramec River from Scott's Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird's Nest and the Big River from Mammoth Road bridge to Brown's Ford Road bridge, all smallmouth bass less than fifteen inches (15") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

3. On the Jacks Fork River from Highway 17 bridge to Highway 106 bridge and the Gasconade River from Highway Y bridge (Pulaski County) to Highway D bridge (Phelps County), all smallmouth bass less than eighteen inches (18") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

4. On the James River from Hooten Town bridge (Stone County Road A-90) to Highway 13 bridge, all smallmouth bass and largemouth bass less than fifteen inches (15") must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

(B) Impoundments: No length limits, except:

1. All black bass less than fifteen inches (15") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Blue Springs Lake, Long Branch Lake, Longview Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Montrose Lake, Smithville Lake, Table Rock Lake, Thomas HillLake, Truman Lake or Stockton Lake.

2. All black bass less than thirteen inches (13") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Pomme de Terre Lake.

3. All black bass less than twelve inches (12") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool (below Mark Twain Lake dam).

4. All largemouth bass and smallmouth bass less than fifteen inches (15") and all spotted (Kentucky) bass less than twelve inches (12") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Bull Shoals Lake, Lake of the Ozarks or Norfork Lake.


6.510 Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish.

(1) Daily Limit: Ten (10) channel catfish and blue catfish in the aggregate and five (5) flathead catfish, except from the no fishing zone below Truman Dam downstream throughout the no boating zone, the daily limit of channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish is four (4) in the aggregate.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except from the no fishing zone below Truman Dam downstream throughout the no boating zone, the daily limit of channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish may include only one (1) fish more than twenty-four inches (24") in total length.


6.515 Crappie.

(1) Daily Limit: Thirty (30) in the aggregate, including white crappie and black crappie, except on the following waters where the daily limit is fifteen (15): Bull Shoals Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Long Branch Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Montrose Lake, Norfork Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Lake, Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake, Thomas Hill Lake and Truman Lake.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except:

(A) All crappie less than nine inches (9") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Lake and Truman Lake.

(B) All crappie less than ten inches (10") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Bull Shoals Lake, Norfork Lake, Stockton Lake and Table Rock Lake.


6.520 Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Grass Pickerel, Chain Pickerel.

(1) Daily Limit: One (1) muskellunge or one (1) northern pike, and six (6) grass pickerel and chain pickerel in the aggregate.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: All muskellunge less than thirty-six inches (36") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.


6.525 Paddlefish.

(1) Daily Limit: Two (2).

(2) Methods: Pole and line, snagging, grabbing, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: March 15 to April 30.

(4) Length Limits: All paddlefish less than twenty-four inches (24") in body length, measured from the eye to the fork of the tail, must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

(5) Paddlefish eggs may not be bought, sold, offered for sale or transported.

(6) Paddlefish, or parts thereof (including eggs), may not be used for bait.

(7) Paddlefish may not be possessed on waters from Truman Dam downstream throughout the no-boating zone and from James River from below Lake Springfield Dam to the Highway 160 bridge.

(Paddlefish may not be taken from restricted zones closed to fishing and snagging as provided in 3CSR 10-6.415.)


6.530 Rock Bass and Warmouth.

(1) Daily Limit: Fifteen (15) in the aggregate, except on the Big Piney River from Highway 17 bridge to Sand Shoals bridge on the county road linking Routes AA and E where the daily limit is nine (9).

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except all rock bass less than nine inches (9") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught on the Big Piney River from Highway 17 bridge to Sand Shoals bridge on the county road linking Routes AA and E.


6.535 Trout.

(1) Daily Limit: Five (5) rainbow trout and brown trout in the aggregate, except:

(A) All trout must be released unharmed immedi-ately after being caught from Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County from County Road A-D to its confluence with Sinking Creek and Crane Creek in Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 13-195.

(B) On Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries and on the Niangua River and its tributaries, only one (1) brown trout may be included in the aggregate daily limit of trout.

(C) The daily limit is one (1) trout in: Blue Spring Creek in Crawford County from Blue Spring to its confluence with Meramec River; Eleven Point River in Oregon County from its confluence with Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill; Spring Creek in Phelps County from Relfe Spring to its confluence with Big Piney River; Mill Creek in Phelps County from Yelton Spring to its confluence with Little Piney Creek including Wilkins Spring and spring branch; and the North Fork of White River in Ozark County from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Blair Bridge.

(D) The daily limit is three (3) trout in: Meramec River and its tributaries, except Maramec Spring Branch, in Crawford and Phelps counties from Highway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford; the unim-pounded portion of the North Fork of White River and its tributaries in Ozark County from Blair Bridge to Norfolk Lake; Current River and its tribu-taries from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove; and Roubidoux Creek from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately one-half (1/2) mile below the Business 1-44 bridge in Waynesville to its confluence with the Gasconade River. (2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry, except as further restricted in this rule.

(A) Only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing in waters listed in subsection (1) (A) and (4) (C) and (E), and in the areas of Current River, Meramec River and Roubidoux Creek listed in sub-section (4) (D) of this rule. Soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except:

(A) All brown trout less than twenty inches (20") in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught from Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries.

(B) All brown trout less than eighteen inches (18") in total length must be released unharmed immedi-ately after being caught from the Niangua River and its tributaries.

(C) All trout less than eighteen inches (18") in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught from Blue Spring Creek in Crawford County from Blue Spring to its conflu-ence with Meramec River; Eleven Point River in Oregon County from its confluence with Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill; Spring Creek in Phelps County from Relfe Spring to its confluence with Big Piney River; Mill Creek in Phelps County from Yelton Spring to its confluence with Little Piney Creek including Wilkins Spring and spring branch; and North Fork of White River in Ozark County from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Blair Bridge.

(D) All trout less than fifteen inches (15") in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught on the Meramec River and its tributaries in Crawford and Phelps counties from Highway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford, except Maramec Spring Branch; on the unimpounded portion of the North Fork of White River and its tributaries in Ozark County from Blair Bridge to Norfork Lake; on the Current River and its tributaries from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove; and on the Roubidoux Creek from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately one-half (1/2) mile below the Business 1-44 bridge in Waynesville to its con-fluence with the Gasconade River.

(E) Rainbow trout twelve inches (12") to twenty inches (20") in total length must be released unharmed immediately after being caught in Lake Taneycomo from the closed zone seven hundred sixty feet (760') below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek.

(5) Permits: A trout permit, in addition to the pre-scribed fishing permit, is required to possess and transport trout except in areas where a daily fishing tag is required.


6.540 Walleye and Sauger.

(1) Daily Limit: Four (4) in the aggregate, except:

(A) On the Mississippi River, the daily limit is eight (8).

(B) On the waters of Wappapello Lake and its tributaries, including the St. Francis River and its tributaries above Wappapello dam, all walleye and sauger must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year, except that from February 20 through April 14 walleye and sauger may be taken and possessed only between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CST in the Swan Creek Arm of Bull Shoals Lake above Highway 160 and in the unimpounded portions of all streams except the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Walleye and sauger may not be possessed on waters or banks thereof during closed seasons or closed hours.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except all walleye less than eighteen inches (18") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Blue Springs Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Long Branch Lake, Longview Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Norfork Lake, Smithville Lake, Stockton Lake or Table Rock Lake.


6.545 White Bass, Yellow Bass, Striped Bass.

(1) Daily Limit: Fifteen (15) white bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids in the aggregate, except on Thomas Hill Lake where the daily limit is four (4) in the aggregate.

(2) Methods: Pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: No length limits, except the daily limit of white bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids may include not more than four (4) fish more than eighteen inches (18") in total length. On Thomas Hill Lake, all white bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids less than twenty inches (20") in total length must be returned to the water immediately after being caught.


6.550 Other Fish.

(1) Daily Limit: The daily limit for fish, other than those species defined as game fish, is fifty (50), in the aggregate, if taken by pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, falconry or by underwater spear. The daily limit if taken by gig, longbow, crossbow, snaring, snagging, grabbing and falconry is twenty (20), in the aggregate. In the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to the Arkansas line, the daily limit may include no more than five (5) hogsuckers.

(See definition of game fish in Rule 11.805.)

(2) Methods and Seasons:

(A) Fish included in this rule may be taken by pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line and falconry throughout the year.

(B) Fish included in this rule may be taken by snagging, snaring or grabbing from March 15 to May 15 and from September 15 to January 15, except that in the Osage River downstream from Bagnell Dam to its confluence with the Missouri River and in the impounded waters of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake, fish may be taken by these methods only from March 15 to April 30.

(C) Fish included in this rule may be taken by longbow between sunrise and midnight throughout the year.

(D) Fish included in this rule may be taken by gig from streams and impoundments between sunrise and midnight from September 15 to January 31, and from impounded waters between sunrise and sunset throughout the remainder of the year.

(E) Fish included in this rule may be taken by crossbow or underwater spear from impounded waters between sunrise and sunset throughout the year.

(F) Fish included in this rule may be taken from waters existing temporarily through overflow outside the banks of a river or ditch by gig, underwater spear, longbow, crossbow, snagging or grabbing between sunrise and sunset throughout the year.

(3) Fish taken under this rule may be used as bait.


6.605 Live Bait.

(1) Daily Limit: In the aggregate, one hundred fifty (150) crayfish, freshwater shrimp, frogs (except bullfrogs and green frogs), tiger salamander larvae and those species of fish not defined as game fish in 3CSR10-11.805.

(2) Methods:

(A) Live bait may be taken by a minnow trap with throat opening not to exceed one and one-half inches (1 1/2") in any dimension, dip net, throw net, pole and line, or a seine not more than twenty feet (20') long and four feet (4') deep, of a mesh not more than one-half inch (1/2") bar measure.

(B) Live bait, except fish, may be taken by hand.

(C) Crayfish may also be taken by trap with an opening not to exceed one and one-half inches

(1 1/2") by eighteen inches (18").

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Length Limits: All bluegill, green sunfish and bullheads more than five inches (5") in total length and other fish more than twelve inches (12") in total length must be returned to the water immediately after being caught by the methods prescribed in this rule.

(5) Live bait, when purchased or obtained from a source other than the waters of the state or a licensed commercial fisherman, must be species listed in the Approved Aquatic Species List (3CSR10-9.110) and may be possessed in any number.

(Fish of any size taken under 3CSR 10-6.550 Other Fish may be used as bait.)


6.610 Mussels and Clams.

(1) Daily Limit: Five (5) in the aggregate. Limits apply to live and dead animals. Two (2) shell halves (valves) shall be considered one (1) mussel or clam. Asiatic clams may be taken and possessed in any number.

(2) Methods: Hand, handnet or pole and line.

(3) Seasons: Throughout the year.

(4) Mussels and clams taken and possessed under this rule may be used as bait.


6.615 Bullfrogs and Green Frogs.

(1) Daily Limit: Eight (8) in the aggregate.

(2) Methods: Hand, handnet, gig, longbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line by the holder of a fishing permit. An artificial light may be used. (See 3CSR10-7.445 for hunting methods.)

(3) Seasons: Sunset June 30 to midnight October 31.


6.620 Turtles.

(1) Daily Limit: Five (5) common snapping turtles; five (5) soft-shelled turtles.

(2) Methods: Snagging, snaring, grabbing, longbow, crossbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, hand, handnet or pole and line. Shooting turtles with firearms is prohibited except as provided in 3CSR10-4.130.

(3) Seasons: Common snapping turtles throughout the year; soft-shelled turtles from July 1 through December 31.

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