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Special Trophy Trout/Artificial Area Regulations

by Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
published: Mar 13, 2005

Trophy Trout/ Artificial Area Regulation Overview


The Trophy Trout/ Artificial Area, on Lake Taneycomo, runs from Table Rock Dam to the Mouth of Fall Creek, a distance of about 3 miles.  Within this area no "bait" fishing is permitted, all fishermen must have s Trout Permit whehter they are keeping their fish or not, and there are special "slot limits."


The term "bait" includes, "natural baits," such as worms, grubs, corn etc,; "soft plastic baits," all scented baits, and " Power Bait" eggs and pastes,  etc.


The "slot limits" cover all Rainbow Trout between 12 and 20 inches and all Brown Trout less than 20 inches.  These fish must be released, unharmed, back into the water immediately after being caught.  The only trout that may be kept are Rainbow Trout under 12 inches or over 20 inches and Brown Trout 20 inches or over.  In addition, all normal "possession limits apply."


Violations of these, or any other regulations, may be reported to the Conservation Department Enforcement Agents through 1-800-392-1111.  Calls may be anonymous.


The baits prohibited within the Trophy Trout/ Artificial Area are permitted, the 19 miles, downstream from Fall Creek's junction with Lake Taneycomo.  Although we recommend catch and release, there is no slot or size limit on Rainbow Trout outside of the Trophy Trout/ Artificial Area.  The 20 inch minimum size limit on Brown Trout DOES APPLY to all of Lake Taneycomo not just the Trophy Trout/ Artificial Area.


For any addtional informtion please contact either River Run Outiftters or Chartered Waters Guide Service through their web site.


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