Special Management Rules for Meramec River
Main steam and its tributaries, except as noted below:
◾ Black bass—Daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species .
◾ Spotted bass—No minimum length limit In Crawford and Phelps counties.
◾ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited .
◾ 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 Scotts Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest.
◾ Smallmouth bass—15" minimum length limit . Daily and possession limit of 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass. From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation Area.
◾ Goggle-eye—8" minimum length limit
Red Ribbon Trout Area: From Highway 8 bridge to Scott’s Ford and in Dry Fork Creek from the elevated cable crossing to its confluence with the Meramec River—8 .2 miles. Two (2) trout daily limit and must be at least 15 inches in length to keep, using only artificial lures and flies only.
Bass, black (largemouth), smallmouth and spotted bass (kentuckies)- 12-inches length limit, 6 daily, 12 possession.
Statewide season on bass in rivers and streams is open from the 4th Saturday of May till the last day in February annually.
White bass, striper, hybrid bass- 15 total daily (only 4- 18 inches or longer can be kept in a daily limit), 30 possession.
Rock bass (goggleye) - no length limit, 15 daily, 30 possession.
Crappie, white or black - no length limit, 30 daily, 60 possession.
Bluegill - no limit
Catfish - no length limit, 10 daily (only 5 can be flatheads in a daily limit), 20 possession.
Walleye - 18 inch minimum length, 4 daily, 8 possession.
From Cedar Grove to Arkansas state line - daily limit on hogsuckers is 5.
Fishing Licenses -
Residents - those fishing of the ages of 16 and older and 65 are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing license. Those 65 and older do not need a fishing license.
Proof of residency - Valid Missouri Drivers License.
Non-residents - those fishing of the ages of 16 and older are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing license.
A Missouri TROUT STAMP is required for ANYONE who fishes the trophy or Blue Ribbon area on the Current River, regardless if the angler is keeping or releasing their catch. (New March 1, 2005)
Resident - $12 annual
Non-resident - $42
Daily - $7
Trout Stamp - $7
Report Violations - Poachers
In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Operation Game Theft works to stop the illegal taking of fish and wildlife that includes trophy animals and rare and endangered species.