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Missouri Department of Conservation News: New Stockton Spotted Bass Regulation Increases Opportunity

Missouri Department of Conservation News: New Stockton Spotted Bass Regulation Increases Opportunity

STOCKTON, MO (STL.News) – Increasing angling opportunity and potentially improving conditions for other sportfish are the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) goals for Stockton Lake’s newest Spotted Bass Regulation.

This year, the Minimum Length Limit for spotted bass on Stockton is 12 inches. This regulation went into effect March 1 and replaces the previous minimum length limit of 15 inches.

“After several years of conducting age and growth studies, electro-fishing surveys and creel surveys, we found that spotted bass at Stockton Lake were rarely reaching the 15-inch minimum length limit before dying of old age,” said MDC Fisheries Biologist Ben Parnell, who manages Stockton Lake’s fishery.

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