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Daily Limits

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. 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