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Daily Limits
Trout Fishing

Many lakes, rivers and streams have unique length limits and daily creel limits for certain species. If the body of water you're looking for does not have a special limit listed in the Where to Fish section of this website, please use the following table for daily creel limits.

Species Limit Additional Information
Alligator Gar 1/day Only one alligator gar greater than 36 inches may be taken per year with an Alligator Gar Tag. Alligator Gar may not be taken from noon, May 1-noon, July 1, statewide. An Alligator Gar Permit is required to take alligator gar less than 36 inches, which is available at regional offices.
Black Bass 10/day Largemouth, spotted, smallmouth combined. 
Smallmouth Bass 4/day Length limit in Ozark zone is 12 inches long; otherwise, length limit is 10 inches long. See Map of Ozark Zone.
Rock Bass 10/day Rock bass, Ozark bass and shadow bass, combined
Bream 50/day Bluegill, redear, longear, warmouth and other sunfishes combined. No daily limit on bream shorter than 4 inches.
Catfish 10/day Channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish, combined. No daily limit on bullhead catfish.
Crappie 30/day Black crappie and white crappie, combined.
Paddlefish 2/day  
Pickerel 6/day  
Sauger 6/day  
Saugeye 6/day  
Shovelnose Sturgeon No limit Length limit is 21 inches or longer; harvest restricted between the main levees of the Mississippi River.
Striped Bass 6/day Hybrid stripers and striped bass combined.
Trout 5/day Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout, combined. The limit may include any combination of the following: 5 rainbow trout, two cutthroat trout, two brown trout, two brook trout. Trout may not be released or culled once placed in a livewell, stringer or creel basket, statewide.
Walleye 6/day  
White Bass 25/day  
Yellow Bass No limit  
Limit Amount Definition
Daily Limit   The total limit of a certain fish species that may be taken in one day.
Possession Limit Double Daily Limit The maximum number of a certain fish species allowed in a person's possession at any time, whether on their person or stored in another location. Fish that have been processed and are stored at a person's legal residence do not count toward their possession limit.
Snagging Limit Half Daily Limit  
Spearfishing Limit Half Daily Limit