For 2008, the 12" length restriction on gizzard shad taken for use as bait, by trap, dip net, throw net or sein, has been removed. Previously, you were prohibited from keeping any gizzard shad over 12" when taken by these methods. This change goes into effect March 1. Note that many other non-game fish that show up in throw nets from time to time -- such as skipjack, mooneye, goldeye (and the rare hybrid "skipeye") -- still fall under the 12" restriction when taken under the "Live Bait" regulations (i.e., using your throw net). If you catch them by pole an line, you're working under a different regulation where there is no length restriction. The 2008 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations booklet is available here: http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/Documents/2115.pdf I'll update my "Missouri Fishing Regulations for Catfishermen" document soon to reflect this change.