Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

--- 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.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated camping 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.
  • 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)

  • Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited
  • Special hours apply. Public use permitted only as authorized by posting.

Bullfrogs and green frogs(more)

  • Taking of bullfrogs and green frogs is allowed.
    • Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken during the statewide season only by hand, handnet, atlatl, gig, bow, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or pole and line and only during dates and times when those waters are open to fishing or hunting. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. Daily limit 8.
    • On lakes and streams adjoining Conservation Access Areas: Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, longbow, trotline, throwline, limbline, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line by holders of a fishing permit. Hunting permit holders may take frogs by .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, longbow, crossbow, pellet gun, atlatl, hand or handnet. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31, Daily limit 8.

Camping(more)

  • Camping is allowed on the area as indicated.
    • Camping is allowed by Missouri River boat travellers within 100 yards of the river between April 1 and Sept. 30. (more)
    • Camping is limited to a period of 14 consecutive days in any 30-day period. Personal property must be removed at the end of the 14-day period. Unless a special use permit is obtained, total camping days on all department lands are limited to 30 days within one calendar year.
    • Groups of more than 10 people must obtain a special use permit prior to camping. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Decoys and blinds(more)

  • Permitted but must be disassembled and removed daily.
    • Blinds may be constructed on-site only from willows (Salicaceae spp.).

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).

Fishing methods(more)

  • Gig, bow, atlatl, or crossbow may be used for carp, buffalo, suckers, and gar in ponds and lakes during statewide seasons.
  • Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species in streams during the statewide seasons. (more)
  • Seining or trapping live bait.
    • Seining or trapping live bait is permitted in streams in accordance with statewide regulations.(more)
    • Seining or trapping live bait, including tadpoles, is prohibited in lakes and ponds.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is permitted. Special seasons, methods, and limits may apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • A daily area hunting tag is required
    • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.
    • Nontoxic shot is required for all hunting with a shotgun on this area. Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited.
    • Special Small Game or Furbearer Hunting Regulations Apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special deer hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • Deer hunting is by managed hunt only.
    • Special dove hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • This area has a managed hunt during the first seven days of the season.
    • Special waterfowl hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).(more)
      • A daily waterfowl hunting drawing is held.(more)
      • A daily waterfowl hunting tag is required. The tag must be accurately completed and returned immediately after hunting.
      • A waterfowl refuge exists on designated segments of the area during certain times of the year. Special restrictions apply.
      • The area closed to waterfowl hunting on Dec. 25.
      • Waterfowl hunting is allowed only in designated areas during regular waterfowl hunting seasons.
      • Waterfowl hunting is prohibited after 1 p.m. on designated portions of the area.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time. Hunting dogs may be used off the leash and unconfined for hunting and training for the purposes of chasing, locating, tracking or retrieving game. A valid small game hunting permit is required to train dogs in pursuit of wildlife.
    • Locations and times where pets and hunting dogs are permitted may be further restricted by area brochures or signs

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.

Trapping(more)

  • On lakes and streams outside the boundaries of Conservation Areas, trapping is permitted without a special use permit in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Wildlife Code.
  • 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.

Tree stands(more)

  • Special provisions apply.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • The area has multi-use trails open to bicycles. Bicycles must stay on trails designated for bicycles or on public roadways. Groups of 10 or more people must obtain a special use permit. Contact area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
  • 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.

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.
  • The table below specifies special regulations for hunting on this conservation area. These regulations must be followed while hunting on this area. Regardless of how many different locations are hunted on the same day (public or private land), no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken
  • 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  All Species  Mississippi River  all year      No more than two unlabeled poles and lines may be used. Trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line and jug line may be used. However, not more than 50 total hooks may be used at one time. Hooks on trotlines must be staged 2 feet apart. Hooks and lines must be attended every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at all times. While fishing on the Mississippi River and other Missouri waters at the same time, not more than 50 total hooks may be used and not more than 33 of those hooks may be used in waters other than the Mississippi River.  
Specia  All Species  Missouri River and all other streams except the Mississippi River  all year       The following regulations apply: no more than three (3) unlabeled poles may be used. Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines and jug lines may be used but no more than 33 hooks may be used at any time. Hooks on trotlines must be staged 2 feet apart. Hooks and lines must be attended every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at all times. Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species during the statewide seasons.  
Stream  Walleye and Sauger combined  Mississippi River  all year  None   
Stream  Walleye and Sauger combined  Missouri River  all year  15" minimum   
Stream  Sturgeon - Shovelnose  Missouri River and Mississippi River  all year  30" maximum  10  Release if more than 30'' from tip of snout to fork of tail. 
Stream  Pike - Northern  Mississippi River  all year  None   
Stream  Paddlefish  Missouri River  Mar 15 to Apr 30  24" minimum  Measure from eye to fork of tail. 
Stream  Paddlefish  Mississippi River  Mar 15 through May 15, Sept. 15 through Dec. 15   24" minimum  Measure from eye to fork of tail. 
Stream  Crappie  Mississippi River and Mississippi River  all year  None  30   
Stream  Catfish - Flathead  Missouri River  all year  None   
Stream  Catfish - Flathead  Mississippi River  all year  None  10   
Stream  Catfish - Channel  Missouri River  all year  None  10   
Stream  Catfish - Channel  Mississippi River  all year  None  20 channel and blue catfish combined   
Stream  Catfish - Blue  Mississippi River  all year  None  20 channel and blue catfish combined   
Stream  Catfish - Blue  Missouri River  all year  None   
Stream  Carp - Bighead, Common, Goldfish, Grass, and Silver  Missouri River and Mississippi River  all year  None  No limit   
Stream  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Missouri River  all year  No more than 4 over 18"  15   
Stream  Bass - Striped, White, Yellow, and their Hybrids  Mississippi River  all year  None  30   
Stream  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Missouri 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 gig or atlatl between sunrise and midnight. These fish may be taken by longbow during all hours.  
Stream  All Other Species Combined-Excluding endangered species and game fish  Mississippi River  Snagging, snaring, grabbing: Mar 15 through May 15 and Sep 15 through Dec. 15. Gig or Atlatl Sept. 15 through Jan. 31. All other legal methods: all year.   None  100 total fish  Daily limit of 100 fish for all methods combined. These fish may be taken by gig or atlatl from sunrise to midnight. These fish may be taken by bow during all hours.  
Stream  Black Bass - Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass Combined  Missouri River and Mississippi River  all year  12" minimum   

Hunting Regulations:

Species Qualifier Season Dates Limits Deer Regulations (Applies to Deer only) Notes
Deer  Managed Hunts  Various  See Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet    Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Coyote  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Crow  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Dove  Daily Tag Required  Sep 1 through Nov 9  15    Hunting is permitted only by managed hunt after 1:00PM during the first seven (7) days of the season and during legal shooting hours for the remainder of the season. During the month of September, hunters must possess a valid area daily hunting tag while hunting and must accurately report their harvest immediatly upon completing their hunting trip. Non-toxic shot only. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Furbearers  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Groundhog  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Quail  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Rabbit  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Squirrel  Daily Tag Required  Season dates announced anually  10    Daily permit required. Inquire at the visitor center for procedures. Non-toxic shot only. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Woodcock - American  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Turkey  PROHIBITED  CLOSED on area      Hunting this species is prohibited on this area. 
Rails - Sora and Virginia    Sep 1 through October 14 (SEE NOTES)  25    Prohibited after October 14. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Snipe - Common    Sep 1 through October 14 (SEE NOTES)    Prohibited after October 14. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Teal  Early Teal Season  Sep 12, 2015, through Sep 27, 2015    Daily permit required. Inquire at the visitor center for procedures. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
All Waterfowl  Youth  Oct 31, 2015 through Nov 1, 2015  Bag limits for ducks, geese, and coot are the same as during the regular waterfowl season.    From October 15 through the end of the prescribed duck season only waterfowl hunting is allowed in areas designated as waterfowl hunting areas, and only by persons selected during the daily drawing when drawings are held. No other hunting or access allowed in these areas. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Refuge areas also exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information. 
Coot    Nov 7, 2015 through Jan 5, 2016  15    From October 15 through the end of the prescribed duck season only waterfowl hunting is allowed in areas designated as waterfowl hunting areas, and only by persons selected during the daily drawing when drawings are held. No other hunting or access allowed in these areas. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Refuge areas also exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information. 
Ducks    Nov 7, 2015 through Jan 5, 2016  Daily limit of 6 ducks including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females), 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 hooded mergansers, 2 canvasback, 1 black duck, 2 pintail, or 1 mottled duck.    From October 15 through the end of the prescribed duck season only waterfowl hunting is allowed in areas designated as waterfowl hunting areas, and only by persons selected during the daily drawing when drawings are held. No other hunting or access allowed in these areas. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Refuge areas also exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information. 
Goose - Blue, Snow, and Ross    Oct 31, 2015 through Jan 31, 2016  20    Allowed only in conjunction with duck hunting by those selected to participate in managed waterfowl hunt during the areas prescribed duck hunting season. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Goose hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide regulations during times outside of the area’s prescribed duck hunting season. During these times, hunters must possess a daily hunting tag. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Goose - Canada and Brant  Early Goose Season  Oct 3, 2015 through Oct 11, 2015  3 Canada and Brant in Aggregate    Goose hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide regulations during times outside of the area’s prescribed duck hunting season. During these times, hunters must possess a daily hunting tag. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Goose - Canada and Brant    Nov 26, 2015 through Jan 31, 2016  3 Canada and Brant in Aggregate    Allowed only in conjunction with duck hunting by those selected to participate in managed waterfowl hunt during the areas prescribed duck hunting season. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Goose hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide regulations during times outside of the area’s prescribed duck hunting season. During these times, hunters must possess a daily hunting tag. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.  
Goose - White-Fronted    Nov 7, 2015 through Jan 31, 2016    Allowed only in conjunction with duck hunting by those selected to participate in managed waterfowl hunt during the areas prescribed duck hunting season. Waterfowl hunting closes at 1:00 pm. Goose hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide regulations during times outside of the area’s prescribed duck hunting season. During these times, hunters must possess a daily hunting tag. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Refuge areas exist on the area where access and/or hunting is prohibited during specified times of the year. Consult the area brochure for more information.