The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance invites anglers to test their fishing skills and pursue a “Smallmouth Slam” by fishing MDC’s 12 Special Management Areas for bass to receive related pins and medallions. The Smallmouth Slam is divided into three levels Bronze: Catch a smallmouth bass from six of the 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. All pins and medallions awarded to participants have been provided and underwritten by MSA.
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. Once participants accomplish one of the three Smallmouth-Slam levels, MDC will verify their submissions and mail them their awards. Additionally, anglers can have their successes listed on the MDC website.
For more information on the Smallmouth Slam, visit mdc.mo.gov/smallmouthslam. The 12 Special Management Areas include the Big Piney River from the Slabtown Access to the Gasconade Riber…the Gasconade River from the Highway Y Bridge in Pulaski County to the Highway D Bridge in Phelps County…and the Osage Fork of the Gasconade River from the Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River. To learn more about Missouri’s smallmouth bass Special Management Areas, go to short.mdc.mo.gov/4i3.