Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What YOU Need to Know About Fishing In Missouri

August is National Fishing Month, and we would be remiss if we didn't take some time out of the month to celebrate it! There are, obviously, certain rules that pertain to fishing on our Lake, and whether you're a resident or not, you are required to abide by the rules. As the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have many customers to come to us to rent a boat so they can fish off of it and enjoy all that the Lake has to offer - whether they are beginners or avid fishermen. Here are a few things YOU need to know about the Missouri fishing license, and rules of the water.

Do You Need a Fishing Permit?

Basically, if you want to fish on the lake, you must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit. The only reason you wouldn't is if you qualify for an exemption. If you think you may qualify for an exemption, you can visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website to learn more. Here is what the MDC states on their website for those who to NOT need a lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit (however, they must purchase a daily trou fishing tag or trout permit when or where required):
  • Any Missouri resident landowner and resident lessee of land, and all members of their immediate households, when fishing on the land they own or on which they lease and reside
  • Any Missouri resident (whether or not meeting the definition of a landowner) who owns land that completely encloses a body of water, or any member of his or her immediate household, when fishing in those waters
  • Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older
  • Any person (resident or nonresident) 15 years of age or younger. Note: Youngsters fishing without a permit are limited to the following methods: pole and line, gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing, and snagging.
  • Any Missouri resident with a visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better eye with maximum correction, or having 20 degree or less field of visual concentric contraction. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or physician
  • Any Missouri resident who is so severely and permanently disabled as to be unable to move freely without the aid of a wheelchair. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician
  • Any Missouri resident with cerebral palsy or mental retardation as defined in Missouri Revised Statutes, section 630.005, and who is so severely disabled that he or she cannot fish alone. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult angler and possess a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician qualified to evaluate and treat the developmentally disabled
  • Any resident or nonresident who is an honorably discharged veteran who has a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during military service. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration
This info was taken directly from the Missouri Department of Conservation's website, you can see the rest of the article here

Rules That Apply to Your License

When you accept a fishing permit, you are agreeing that you will abide by the rules of the Wildlife Code of Missouri, will not lend your permit to anyone, will allow your permit, picture ID, catch, and equipment to be inspected by an agent of the Conservation Department, and will carry your permit while you are fishing. If you ordered your permit by phone or online, but have not received it, you must carry the permit authorization number and picture ID with you while you are fishing until it does arrive.

Fishing and Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks

We LOVE when our customers come back from a day on the water with successful fishing stories and showing off their catch. From kids to adults alike, there's nothing better than telling a good (slightly exaggerated *wink*) fishing story - even if it WAS the one that got away. Take some time to get your fishing permit this month for National Fishing Month, and don't forget to rent a fishing boat at the Lake of the Ozarks from BomBay Boat Rental!



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