Anglers on local rivers may be able to turn their smallmouth bass fishing hobby into cash.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is tagging legal sized smallmouth bass in the Black River, Castor River, Courtois Creek, Current River and the North Fork of the White River.
Anglers who catch the tagged fish will receive a $25 or $75 reward after reporting their catch to MDC researchers.
Fisheries Management Biologist Paul Cieslewicz says the goal of this program is to help determine harvest regulations on the rivers in the future and maintain the high quality of smallmouth bass.
"The ultimate goal is to determine what percentage of smallmouth bass are being harvested by anglers," Cieslewicz said. "What are they catching? How many are the releasing? It will help us manage fisheries."
Fish do not have to be kept to receive the reward. Anglers may remove the tag and release the fish.
Tags must be returned to the MDC.