The Lake of the Ozarks is one of Missouri's premier fishing destinations. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill and catfish. In addition to statewide fishing rules, the Lake of the Ozarks has the following regulations:
black bass -- 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 12 inch minimum length limit on spotted bass
crappie -- 9 inch minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit
non-game fish -- snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through April 30 only
|On the lake and its tributaries
|paddlefish -- 34 inch minimum body length
|Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right descending bank below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' restricted zone
|From the downstream end of the no fishing zone below Truman Dam throughout the no boating zone (look for signs and buoys)
|catfish -- The daily limit channel, blue and flathead catfish is four in the aggregate and only one may be more than 24 inches in total length.
|From the downstream end of the no fishing zone below Truman Dam to US Highway 65
Regulations are subject to change; please refer to the Wildlife Code of Missouri.