Summertime at Lake of the Ozarks generally means that the catfishing is getting good.

Summertime at Lake of the Ozarks generally means that the catfishing is getting good.

Several of the more popular techniques used for catching catfish include jug lines, limb lines and trotlines. For anglers who choose to try one of these methods, there are a few important regulations to keep in mind.

First, all limb lines, jug lines and trotlines must be plainly labeled on a durable material with the name and address, or Conservation ID number, of the person using the equipment. Also keep in mind that limb lines, trotlines and anchored jug lines must be tended to at least every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be tended at least once every hour while fishing on Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri residents over the age of 65 are not required to have a fishing permit, but everyone else, regardless of age, is required to have a valid fishing permit if utilizing one of the above-mentioned fishing methods.

Lake of the Ozarks is a great place for recreational boaters and fishermen alike. It is important that everyone involved be respectful and courteous of others. Unlabeled and unattended trotlines, jug lines and limb lines are some of the most highly reported violations at Lake of the Ozarks, and conservation agents ask that each person using these fishing methods help reduce the amount of fishing related litter in the Lake. Lines that become abandoned are very unsightly and sometimes even hazardous. Let’s do our part as outdoor enthusiasts to maintain a clean and healthy Lake.

For more information, contact Tyler Brown at 573-836-3257.