Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Maramec Spring Park

--- 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)

Bullfrogs and green frogs(more)

  • Taking of bullfrogs and green frogs is prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Special fishing regulations apply.
    • A valid, signed area daily trout fishing tag is required (except as designated in fishing regulations table below).
    • Fishing is permitted only during designated hours.
    • Fishing is permitted only on designated dates.
    • Fishing is permitted only on designated waters.

Fishing methods(more)

  • Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time.
  • Seining or trapping live bait.
    • Seining or trapping live bait is prohibited on streams and the discharge channels of impoundments.
    • Seining or trapping live bait, including tadpoles, is prohibited in lakes and ponds.
  • The use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles incorporating or having felt, matted or woven fibrous materials is prohibited.

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
Specia  Trout - Rainbow  Maramec Spring Branch  March 1 through October 31  None  4 for all trout combined  Trout Park Regulations Apply. See Notes for all species. 
Specia  Trout - Brown  Maramec Spring Branch  March 1 through October 31  15" minimum  4 for all trout combined  Trout Park Regulations Apply. See Notes for all species. 
Specia  Goggle-eye (Ozark Bass, Rock Bass and Shadow Bass) and Warmouth combined  Maramec Spring Branch  all year  None  15  Only during times and by methods that are permitted for trout fishing. See Notes for all species.  
Specia  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Maramec Spring Branch  Fourth Saturday in May to the last day in February.  SEE NOTES  12 but no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined  12 inch minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass. No minimum length limit on spotted bass. Only at times and by methods that are permitted for trout fishing. Trout Park Regulations Apply. See Notes for all species. 
Specia  All Species  Maramec Spring Branch  8AM to 4PM Daily from Second Friday in November throught Second Monday in February      Fishing is permitted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from the second Friday in November through the second Monday in February. On those days, fishing is permitted only by holders of a valid trout permit, only flies may be used and all fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. 
Specia  All Species  Maramec Spring Branch   March 1 through October 31 (Trout Park Regulations)      From March 1 through October 31, fishing is permitted on designated waters during posted hours. Not more than one pole and line may be used by one person at any time. Gigging, snaring, snagging and the taking of live bait are prohibited. Some waters are posted as restricted to specific baits or lures. The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited. No person shall continue to fish for any species after having four trout in possession. Fishing is permitted only by holders of a signed valid daily trout fishing tag.  
Stream  Walleye and Sauger combined  Meramec River  all year  15" minimum  From Feb 20 through Apr 14 walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed only between one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset in the unimpounded portions of all streams except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Sturgeon - Shovelnose  Meramec River  all year  30" maximum  10  Release if more than 30'' from tip of snout to fork of tail. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Pickerel - Chain and Grass  Meramec River  all year  None  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Paddlefish  Meramec River  Mar 15 to Apr 30  24" minimum  Measure from eye to fork of tail. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Goggle-eye (Ozark Bass, Rock Bass and Shadow Bass) and Warmouth combined  Meramec River  all year  8" minimum (goggle-eye only)  15  On the Meramec River from the Highway 19 Bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades CA there is a 8 inch minimum length limit on Goggle-eye. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Crappie  Meramec River  all year  None  30  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Catfish - Flathead  Meramec River  all year  None  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Catfish - Channel  Meramec River  all year  None  10  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Catfish - Blue  Meramec River  all year  None  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Carp - Bighead, Common, Goldfish, Grass, and Silver  Meramec River  all year  None  No limit  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Meramec River  all year  No more than 4 over 18"  15  On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Meramec River  Gigging or Atlatl: Sep 15 through Jan 31. 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, snagging, snaring, or grabbing  Fish may be taken by gigging, atlatl, or longbow from sunrise to midnight. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited.  
Stream  Trout - Brown and Rainbow combined  Meramec River  all year  15" minimum  Red Ribbon Trout Zone on the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford. Fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited. 
Stream  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Meramec River  Fourth Saturday in May to the last day of February  SEE NOTES  12 but no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass combined  12 inch minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass (except in stream black bass special management area on Meramec River). No minimum length limit on spotted bass. Stream black bass special management area on the Meramec River in Crawford County from Scotts Ford Access to Bird’s Nest Access. 15 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of 1 for smallmouth bass in this special management area. On the Meramec River in Crawford and Phelps Counties from the Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford, fish may be taken by all legal methods except only flies and artificial lures may be used when fishing and soft plastic and natural and scented baits are specifically prohibited.