Fishing at Valley Water Mill Park

Valley Water Mill Lake is a 13-acre lake managed under a cooperative agreement between the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Angler Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is in the lake?  Largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish are the main species in the lake. From time to time an angler may catch a crappie, or see a koi (colorful carp)

2. Do you need a fishing license? Yes, everyone who fishes at Valley Water Mill Lake must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit or qualify for an exemption. These can be purchased over the counter from any permit vendor or online at

3. How many fish can I take?

Valley Water Mill Lake Fishing Regulations:

Species          Daily Limit      Length Limit
Black Bass       6 daily                  12 to 15 inch protected slot
Crappie          30 daily
Catfish              4 daily

All others       10 daily

4. Can I take a boat on the lake?  No, no boats of any kind and no wading or swimming in the lake is allowed.

Recycling Fishing Line
“In partnership with Line Cycle Fishing LLC there are several fishing line (monofilament) recycling bins around the fishing access areas. Fishing line that is discarded on the ground or in the water often makes its way onto bird nests. Birds are attracted to it as a nesting material. However, if they become wrapped in the line, they can be injured or even killed when the line will not break.”
“Recycling the line is an equally important step as line that makes it to the landfill will also be picked up by birds. When recycled, the line is melted down and can be used to make new plastic items. Thank you for properly disposing of your broken fishing line!”