⚠ Thanks for visiting TakeMeFishing.org. If you are interested in enjoying the outdoors and going fishing or boating, check the latest COVID-19 updates on your State Natural Resources Agency website first. We encourage you to follow CDC recommendations and official orders in your state before heading to the water.

Get a Missouri Fishing License

Once you have your Missouri fishing license and read the MO fishing regulations, you can cast a line out for a largemouth bass on Jefferson Lake or reel in a hefty catfish from the shores of the Missouri River. Aside from bass and catfish, you can also find great freshwater fishing spots that hold bluegill, trout, carp, crappie, pickerel and sunfish.

Get a Missouri Fishing License
Fishing License


Do you know how to properly identify each of the fish species that are found in Missouri? Do you know the regulations that apply for different types of fishing methods? The answer to both of these questions should be yes. Each state has a set of fishing regulations that have been put into place to help protect our fish populations now and for future generations of anglers.


More and more anglers are taking to our state waterways each year. However, with this increase in overall fishing participation must come an increase in awareness about protecting our natural resources and fish habitats. Fishing license or permit fees help contribute to fishery management, habitat protection, conservation education and other valuable state programs.


  • You can purchase your Missouri fishing license (fishing permit) online, by phone, at Department of Conservation offices or from vendors around the state including bait and tackle shops and sports goods stores.
  • Fishing licenses are effective from the date of purchase until the last day of February of the following year.
  • Before you buy your Missouri fishing license, be sure to check the descriptions associated with each type of fishing license or permit since there are different options offered for residents and non-residents.