Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

--- Note --- The information below reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code (http://sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3csr.asp) or the phone number listed for this area in the online Conservation Atlas.

  • Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area.(more)

Area General Provisions(more)

  • Collecting wild animals (including invertebrates) and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Wildlife Collector’s Permit, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
  • Commercial use and vending are prohibited on department areas.
  • Guiding for pay is prohibited on department areas.
  • In addition to the rules of the Wildlife Code, federal, state and local laws also apply on department lands.
  • No fires allowed.
  • Soil disturbance and digging, including the digging of roots, is prohibited on all conservation areas.
  • Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, and water skiing.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Waste containers may be used only for disposal of garbage, trash, refuse or rubbish generated on department areas.
  • Wild plants, plant products, vegetation, and mushrooms (more)
    • Collecting or possessing wild plants and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Letter of Authorization for Plant Collecting, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
    • Nuts, berries, fruits, edible wild greens and mushrooms may be taken only for personal consumption.
    • Vegetation, including trees, may not be cut or destroyed. The only exception is that willows (Salicaceae spp.) may be cut for use in constructing on-site blinds.

Area Hours(more)

  • Special hours apply. Public use permitted only as authorized by posting.

Camping(more)

  • Camping is prohibited on the area.

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).
  • Special provisions apply.

Fishing methods(more)

  • The use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles incorporating or having felt, matted or woven fibrous materials is prohibited.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is prohibited, except for deer and turkey hunting as authorized in the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and/or turkey hunting as authorized in the Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all times. Hunting and dog training is prohibited on this area.

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.

Trapping(more)

  • Trapping is allowed only with special use permit. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • No bicycling opportunity except on public roadways.
  • Horses and horseback riding
    • No horseback riding opportunities exist on this area except on public roadways.
  • Vehicles
    • Vehicles are only permitted on public roadways and in parking lots.
      • State laws regarding the operation, registration and required equipment also apply to the operation of motor vehicles on areas open to vehicular traffic that are under the control of the department.
      • The speed limit on department lands is 45 miles per hour, except as otherwise posted.

X Regulation Tables-Limit Information

  • All fish that are not released unharmed immediately after being caught are included in an angler’s daily limit.
  • Anglers may not possess any fish that is less than the specified minimum length limit on the waters, banks or area where the length limit applies.
  • Anglers may not possess more than the daily limit of any species of fish on the waters or banks of any body of water where the limit applies.
  • When fishing on different bodies of water during the same day (public lakes, streams, conservation areas, areas managed under cooperative agreement, etc.), specified restrictions for individual bodies of waters or areas must be followed. However, no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken for all waters or areas combined.

Fishing Regulations:

Lake/Stream Species Location Details Season Dates Length Limit Daily Limit Notes
Lake  Walleye and Sauger combined  Lake Taneycomo  all year  15" minimum   
Lake  Trout - Brown and Rainbow combined  Lake Taneycomo   all year    Daily limit may include no more than 1 brown trout. All brown trout less than 20 inches in total length must be released unharmed immediately. All rainbow trout 12 inches to 20 inches in total length must be released unharmed immediately from the Closed Zone located 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek.  
Lake  Pickerel - Chain and Grass  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None   
Lake  Goggle-eye (Ozark Bass, Rock Bass and Shadow Bass) and Warmouth combined  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None  15   
Lake  Crappie  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None  30   
Lake  Catfish - Flathead  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None   
Lake  Catfish - Channel  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None  10   
Lake  Catfish - Blue  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None   
Lake  Carp - Bighead, Common, Goldfish, Grass, and Silver  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None  No limit   
Lake  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Lake Taneycomo  all year  None   
Lake  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Lake Taneycomo  all year  No more than 4 longer than 18"  15   
Lake  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Lake Taneycomo- Except in zones with special method restrictions   Snagging, snaring, grabbing: Mar 15 through May 15 and Sep 15 through Jan 31. All other legal methods: all year.  None  50 total fish, but only 20 by gigging, atlatl, longbow, crossbow, grabbing, snagging, snaring, or underwater spearfishing  These fish may be taken by bow during all hours except from February 1 through March 31 they may only be taken between sunrise and midnight. These fish may be taken by gig or atlatl between sunrise and midnight from September 15 through January 31 and between sunrise and sunset throughout the remainder of the year. These fish may be taken by crossbow or underwater spearfishing between sunrise and sunset all year. See notes for all species for methods restrictions that apply from the Table Rock Lake Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek.  
Specia  All Species  Lake Taneycomo- Restricted Zone Seven hundred sixty feet (760’) below Table Rock Dam   CLOSED all year       Zone closed to all fishing all year  
Specia  All Species  Lake Taneycomo- From the closed zone located seven hundred sixty feet (760’) below Table Rock Dam downstream to the Highway 65 bridge   all year      A trout permit is required in addition to the prescribed fishing permit when fishing for all species.  
Specia  All Species  Lake Taneycomo- From the closed zone located seven hundred sixty feet (760’) below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek   all year      Fish may be taken only by pole and line and only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing. Soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited.