Anyone who fishes in the state of Missouri must have either a lifetime, annual or daily fishing permit or they must qualify for an exemption. Resident and non-resident fishing permits are available at local Missouri Department of Conservation offices, local vendors, by calling 800-392-4115 or online. With so many opportunities, there is no reason for anyone to fail to purchase the proper fishing permits.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, a Missouri resident “is a person who does not claim privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit.” This does not include a non-resident who owns land or that attends a Missouri school or immigrants possessing an I-551 Resident Alien Card unless they can prove that they meet the requirements for residency.
Resident of Missouri can choose a Resident Fishing Permit, a Lifetime Fishing Permit or a Lifetime Conservation Partner. Non-residents of Missouri can purchase a Fishing Permit. Both residents and non-residents can purchase a daily fishing permit which can be bought for a number of days. All of these permits allow the holder to pursue fish, mussels, turtles, frogs, clams, crawfish and live bait.
A trout permit is required for possession of trout except for locations, such as trout parks, where a daily trout fishing tag is required and for fishing year round at Lake Taneycomo upstream from the U.S. Highway 65 bridge as well as all winter fishing taking place in trout parks.
A Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit, which is only for Missouri residents currently serving or have served in the 12 months prior to applying for the permit, or who have been mobilized and are serving full-time in either the National Guard or Reserve Forces of the United States. This permit allows the holder to hunt, fish or transport any mammals (not deer), birds (not turkeys), live bait, crawfish, turtles, clams, mussels, frogs and fish or to sell furbearing animals that have been taken while hunting. These permits are not available online or at local vendors.
Any angler who accepts a Missouri Fishing Permit agrees to “observe all the rules of the Wildlife Code,” agrees not to loan their permit to anyone, agrees to let a Conservation Department agent inspect their permit, picture ID, equipment they are using and anything they have caught, and to carry their permit with them while fishing.