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Statewide Daily & Size Limits

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Some areas have different regulations. See Northwest Region – Southeast Region,
“Special Area Regulations” for daily and size limits on specific areas.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

(for areas without special regulations)

SIZE LIMIT

(for areas without special regulations)

Largemouth and/or Smallmouth Bass

6 (combined)

14″ minimum (in public waters)

Spotted Bass

None

None

Channel and/or Blue Catfish(A)

15 (combined)

Only one Blue Catfish over 30″

Flathead Catfish (B)

10

None

White and/or Black Crappie

37 (combined)

None

Striped Bass and/or Striped Bass Hybrids (C)

5 (except Lake Texoma)

None

White Bass

None

None

Trout (C)

See Trout regulations.

Walleye, Sauger and/or Saugeye

6 (combined)

18″ minimum

Paddlefish (C)

See Paddlefish regulations.

None

Alligator Gar (D)

1

None

(All species not listed, except shad, have no daily or minimum size limits) (E)

Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted Bass)

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth– 6 (combined)
  • Spotted – None

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth 14″ minimum (in public waters)
  • Spotted None

Check Northwest RegionSouthest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Tooth Patch: Another way to distinguish black bass is the presence or absence of a tooth patch on the tongue. The majority of largemouth bass have no tooth patch on the tongue, while smallmouth and spotted bass do have a tooth patch on the tongue.

Most largemouth bass have no tooth patch on the tongue.

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Smallmouth and spotted bass display a tooth patch on the tongue.

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Catfish

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Channel and/or Blue Catfish combined – 15
  • Flathead Catfish – 10

Statewide Size Limit:

  • Channel Catfish – None
  • Blue Catfish – Only one over 30″
  • Flathead Catfish None

Check Northwest Region - Southest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Crappie

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 37 (combined White and/or Black crappie)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check Northwest Region - Southest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Striped Bass, Hybrids, & White Bass

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Striped Bass and/or Striped Bass Hybrids – 5
  • White Bass - None

Statewide Size Limit:

  • None

Check Northwest Region - Southest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Trout (Rainbow & Brown)

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • Rainbow Trout – 6
  • Brown Trout – 6

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check Trout Regulations & Trout Area Information for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Walleye, Sauger, Saugeye

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 6 (combined)

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • 18″ minimum

Check Northwest Region - Southest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

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Paddlefish

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Statewide Annual Limit:

  • 2

Check Paddlefish Regulations for additional paddlefish regulations

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Alligator Gar

Statewide Daily Limit:

  • 1

Statewide Minimum Size Limit:

  • None

Check Northwest Region - Southest Region for areas with additional daily and size limits

Alligator-Gar-ID.jpg

fishmeasure2.jpgDaily Limits & Measuring Fish

Daily limits are for 24-hour periods (midnight to midnight). No person can have in his or her possession while in the field more than one daily limit of any fish species. Nonresidents cannot have more than two days’ limit in his or her possession at any time, except for paddlefish (see Paddlefish Regulations).

When mea­sur­ing fish, total length is mea­sured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with fish laid flat on a ruler, mouth closed and tail fins pressed together.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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