Missourians will not have to adjust to many changes to the state's fishing regulations this year, but they do have to remember to buy a new permit for outings starting March 1.
Missouri's permit year runs from March 1 through the last day of February the following year.
2009 resident fishing permits and prices remain unchanged from 2008. However, resident and nonresident anglers under age 16 will be able to buy trout permits for $3.50 instead of the regular price of $7, effective July 1. Daily trout tags at Missouri's four trout parks will remain $3 for adults and $2 for anglers under age 16. Also effective July 1, the price of a nonresident fishing permit will increase from $40 to $42.
The only other change in 2009 fishing regulations affects nonresident students attending public or private secondary, post-secondary or vocational schools in Missouri. These students can buy 2009 resident permits -- except lifetime permits -- starting July 1. Such purchases must be made at Missouri Department of Conservation offices. Nonresident students must carry evidence of Missouri residence and student status while fishing on resident permits.