This week the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance announced the “Missouri Smallmouth Slam,” offering 3 levels of accomplishment. You are also able to show off your successes by being listed on the MDC website! So anglers and hobbyists hit Pulaski County’s beautiful rivers and show us your catch! #FishPulaski
Levels of Accomplishment:
Bronze: Catch a smallmouth bass from six of the state’s 12 Special Management Areas and receive a certificate and bronze pin.
Silver: Catch a smallmouth bass from nine of the 12 Special Management Areas and receive a certificate and silver pin.
Gold: Catch a smallmouth bass from all 12 Special Management Areas and received a certificate, gold pin, and medallion.
“Missouri’s Special Management Areas provide excellent smallmouth bass habitat,” MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said in a statement. “These areas have regulations to help smallmouth bass populations increase and to allow more fish to grow to a quality size.”
Smallmouth bass of any size caught after March 1 qualify for a Smallmouth Slam, but any smallmouth bass under 15 inches must be released.
Anglers can complete a Smallmouth Slam entry form each time they catch smallmouth bass. They may also submit a picture of their fish if they wish, but it is not required.
2 of Missouri’s 12 MDC Special Management Areas weave their way through Pulaski County’s beautiful riverways:
• Big Piney River (From Slabtown Access to the Gasconade River)
• Gasconade River (From Route Y bridge in Pulaski County to Route D bridge in Phelps County)
There are several public accesses available throughout Pulaski County. Or you may visit with a local guide or outfitter to point you in the right direction. For listing information for these services visit our Outdoor page. Plan your adventure during the Missouri Smallmouth Slam, here in the heart of the Ozarks. Pulaski County’s rivers never disappoint!
Additional locations throughout the state include:
• Big River (From the Council Bluff Lake Dam to the Meramec River)
• Eleven Point River (From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line)
• Elk River (Entire length in Missouri)
• Jacks Fork River (From Highway 17 bridge to the Current River)
• James River (From Hooten Town bridge to Highway413/Highway 265 bridge at Galena)
• Joachim Creek (From Route V bridge to Route A bridge in Jefferson County)
• Meramec River (From Highway 8 bridge to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest Access)
• Mineral Fork (From Route F bridge in Washington County to the Big River)
• Osage Fork of the Gasconade River (From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River)
• Tenmile Creek (From Route B bridge in Carter County to Cane Creek)
To learn more about Missouri’s smallmouth bass Special Management Areas, go to short.mdc.mo.gov/4i3.
To learn more about MSA, visit its website at missourismallmouthalliance.org.