Did you know in the state of Missouri you can use as many as 33 hooks at at time? Well that’s Missouri for you always full of surprises, like did you know they had over 5,000 rivers and streams and almost 2,000 reservoirs. With all that space to fill, Missouri is home to over 60 species of fish, including bass, trout, and crappies. If you’re ready to get your fishing on, just kidding you aren’t ready because you haven’t read this article yet, which has everything you need to know about Missouri and all there rules and regulation.

Missouri Fishing Regulations

The State of Missouri states:

  • You can take fish by pole and line, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line and jug line
  • Game fish not hooked in the mouth or jaw must be unharmed and immediately put back in the water, unless it’s a paddlefish taken during the paddlefish snagging season
  • You can only use permitted alternate methods in designated waters to take certain species, including paddlefish and non-game fish
  • You may fish Missouri waters by:
    • Bow
    • Crossbow
    • Jig
    • Snare
    • Underwater spearfishing
    • Snagging
    • Grabbing
  • If using more than three poles (or two poles on the Mississippi River) at one time, the extra poles must be labeled with your full name and address
  • You may not use more than a total of 33 hooks at one time; unless you’re on the Mississippi River the maximum is 50 hooks at one time
  • Hooks on trot lines must be put at least 2 feet apart
  • Hooks on any type of line must be attended every 24 hours or removed
  • You may not use or have in possession poisons, explosives, or electrical device or any other device for killing or stunning fish
  • You may not have spear guns in your possession on unimpounded waters or adjacent banks
  • You may only use artificial lights when above the water (there are some exceptions)

Fishing License Period

Missouri fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Extra Licensing Fees

Missouri requires a separate fishing license for trout fishing.

Free or Reduced Fee Missouri Fishing Licenses

The State of Missouri offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for :

  • Any Missouri resident that’s in the National Guard or reserve forces
  • Anyone who has a service-related disability of 60% or greater
  • Anyone who was a prisoner of war during military service
  • Anyone assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center
  • Anyone with a severe medical condition such as:
    • Corrected vision of 20/200 or less
    • 20 degree or less field of visual concentric contraction
    • Those permanently unable to move without the aid of a wheelchair
    • Diagnosed with cerebral palsy or a mental disability and cannot fish alone

Missouri Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

  • Missouri residents or non-residents who are 15 years old or younger
  • Missouri residents 65 years of age or older

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