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Barbless Hooks

dave potts

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Are barbless hooks now required in the area between the dam and Fall Creek? On a recent trip, I was told by the motel clerk that they were but I have not seen anything else saying they were. Thought I would check here.



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No - it is not barbless hooks only. ( check the link here : http://mdc.mo.gov/regulations/special/lake-taneycomo )

In fact, it is not even single hook only (i.e. treble hooks on Rapala's).

Tell that clerk he is mistaken... but on the right track for easier releasing of trout!

Just once I wish a trout would wink at me!


I'm the guy wearing the same Simms longbilled hat for 10 years now.

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Yeah that's not true - I was using Small XRaps and Spoons up there in the rain yesterday - and I follow the rules. I do mash the barbs down anyway though like Brian said - it just makes quick releases that much more easy - conventional or fly.

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I had wondered about the treble hook part. I'd seen a kid using a baitcaster with a 1/2oz stick bait a few weeks back. He was taking a few on that walk the dog action. Some guy told him it illegal and I admit, I wasn't too sure about it myself.

"Thanks to Mother Mercy, Thanks to Brother Wine, Another night is over and we're walking down the line" - David Mallett

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Special Area Fishing Regulations

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    Most public fishing areas have methods, seasons, limits or other fishing regulations that are different from the statewide rules. These special regulations are posted at the areas. It is your responsibility to know what regulations apply to the waters you are fishing. Please refer to area brochures, signs and bulletin boards before fishing these waters.
    Special regulations on large reservoirs, rivers, streams and trout areas are summarized below. Special regulations also apply to the tributaries of some large reservoirs. These rules are listed under the name of the lake or stream. Statewide regulations apply unless otherwise indicated below.

    Specific Fishing Regulations

    Area Type

    <Any>City Lake or PondReservoir/Large LakeRiver/StreamTrout Park

    <Any>StatewideCentralKansas CityNortheastNorthwestOzarkSoutheastSouthwestSt. Louis
    Specific Area

    <Any>Barren Fork CreekBennett Spring State ParkBig Piney RiverBig RiverBlack RiverBlue Springs CreekBlue Springs LakeBoathouse LakeBourbeuse RiverBull Shoals LakeCapps CreekCarp LakeChaumiere LakeCoot LakeCosmo-Bethel LakeCourtois CreekCrane CreekCurrent RiverDry Fork CreekEleven Point RiverElk RiverEveryday PondFountain Bluff Sports ComplexGasconade RiverGreer Spring BranchHickory CreekHuzzah CreekIsland LakeJacks Fork RiverJames RiverJanuary-Wabash Park LakeJefferson LakeJoachim CreekKiwanis LakeKoeneman Park LakeLake of the OzarksLake TaneycomoLakes 21 and 28 (August A. Busch CA)Lakes 3, 22 and 23 (August A. Busch CA)Liberty Park PondLittle Piney CreekLittle Platte RiverLong Branch LakeLongview LakeMaramec Spring ParkMark Twain LakeMcKay Park LakeMeramec RiverMill CreekMineral ForkMississippi RiverMissouri RiverMontauk State ParkMontrose LakeNiangua RiverNorfork LakeNorth Fork of the White RiverO'Fallon Park LakeOsage Fork of the Gasconade RiverOsage RiverPlover LakePomme de Terre LakeRoaring RiverRoaring River State ParkRotary LakeRoubidoux CreekSac RiverSalt RiverSmithville LakeSpring CreekSpur PondSt. Francis RiverStockton LakeStone Mill SpringTable Rock LakeTenmile CreekThomas Hill LakeTilles Park LakeTruman LakeVlasis Park LakeWalker LakeWappapello LakeWild Acres Park Lake

    Lake Taneycomo

    On the lake and its tributaries:
    • Brown trout—20” minimum length limit; the daily limit of 4 trout, combined total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout.

      Within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam:
      • No fishing is allowed.

      From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek:

      [*]Rainbow trout—12” to 20” slot length limit

      [*]Pole and line fishing only

      [*]Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.

      From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 bridge:

      [*]Fishing permit (unless exempt) and a trout permit are required to fish for any species.

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