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Mississippi Fishing Regulations
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Mississippi Minimum Sizes & Regulations

 

Mississippi Fishing Regulations

SPECIES MINIMUM SIZE BAG LIMIT
Cobia 33 in. FL 2/person
Mullet No Limit No Limit
Flounder 12 in. TL 15/person
Red Drum 18 in. TL* 3/person
Spotted Seatrout 14 in. TL 15/person
King Mackerel 24 in. FL 2/person
Spanish Mackerel No Limit 15/person
Goliath Grouper (Jewfish) No Take No Take
Nassau Grouper No Take No Take
Speckled Hind No Limit 1/vessel
Warsaw Grouper No Limit 1/vessel
Red &Yellowfin Groupers 20 in. TL 5/person in aggregate
Black & Gag Groupers 22 in. TL
Scamp 16 in. TL
Other Groupers No Limit
Red Snapper 16 in. TL 4/person
Vermilion Snapper 10 in. TL 20/person in aggregate
Lane Snapper 8 in. TL
Gray Triggerfish 12 in. TL
Almaco Jack No Limit
Goldface Tilefish No Limit
Anchor Tilefish No Limit
Tilefish No Limit
Blacklined Tilefish No Limit
Bluelined Tilefish No Limit
Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail Snappers 12 in. TL 10/person in aggregate
Mutton Snapper 16 in. TL
Greater Amberjack 28 in. FL 1/person
Lesser Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish 14 in. FL to 22 in. FL slot limit 5/person in 
Hogfish 12 in. TL 5/person
Bigeye Tuna 27 in. CFL No Limit
Yellowfin Tuna 27 in. CFL 3/person
Blue Marlin 99 in. lower jaw fork length No Limit
White Marlin 66 in. lower jaw fork length No Limit
Sailfish 63 in. lower jaw fork length No Limit
Longbill Spearfish No Take No Take
Sharks (large Coastals & Pelagics) 37 in. TL 1/person up to 3/vessel
Sharks (small Coastals) 25 in. TL 4/person
Crabs - Hard Shells 5 in. *** No Limit
Crabs - Soft Shell No Limit No Limit


*   Recreational fisherman may retain only one Red Drum over 30 inches TL.

*** As measured from the tip of one lateral spine across the back of the shell to the tip of the opposite lateral spine.

TL = Total Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.     

FL = Fork Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail. 

CFL = Curved Fork Length - Tip of the upper jaw to the fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

Federal Regulations May Differ from State Regulations.  Please refer to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for Federal Regulations (888-833-1844, www.gulfcouncil.org)

NOTE:  Fishing seasons for some species may be closed by order of the Commission on Marine Resources.  Advance notice of such closures will be given.

Recreational fishermen not fishing in Mississippi waters may transport and land fish that meet the minimum size and creel limits of the waters in which they were legally caught.  They must posses a valid saltwater sport fishing license as may be required in the waters where the fish were caught.

It shall be unlawful for recreational fishermen to sell or offer for sale any seafood caught in or landed in the State of Mississippi.

It shall be unlawful for recreational fishermen to possess fish with heads, tails or flesh removed until delivered to the final destination; however, fish may be eviscerated, scaled or have gills removed.  Charter and recreational boats, fishing in the Gulf of Mexico over 24 continuous hours, may possess filleted fish in Mississippi waters, if they have filed a float plan with the DMR in advance.

The information on this page is an abstract of the rules and regulations in effect at the time of publishing.  Fishermen are responsible for obeying fishing rules in full. Complete laws are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.

For more information call the DMR at (228) 374-5000.

 

Freshwater Limits and Regulations

Seasons and Limits

Black Bass | Crappie | Bluegill Creel | Flathead Catfish | Creel And Size Limits

LARGEMOUTH & SPOTTED  BASS

Area/Water Lengths to Release Creel Limits
Leroy Percy Park Lake     2 per day
Atchafalaya Bayou    2 per day
Little Eagle Lake    2 per day
Lake Bolivar    2 per day
Moon Lake (E. of Hwy 1)     2 per day
Lake Washington 15 inches & under 5 per day
2 under 15"
Sardis Reservoir 16-20 inches 7 per day, 3 over 20”
Enid Reservoir 16-20 inches 7 per day, 3 over 20”
Grenada Reservoir   7 per day
Arkabutla Reservoir   7 per day
Eagle Lake 16 inches & under 10 per day
Holmes Co. State Park (English Lake) 14-18 inches 10 per day
3 over 18"
Tom Bailey State Lake 15 inches & under 10 per day
Bogue Homa State Lake 15 inches & under 10 per day
Kemper Co. Lake 14-18 inches 10 per day
1 over 18"
Percy Quin Park Lake 14-18 inches 10 per day
Natchez State Park 18-22 inches 7 per day, 1 over 22"
Clarkco State Park Lake 14-18 inches 10 per day, 1 over 18”
Lake Mike Conner 14-18 inches 10 per day, 1 over 18”
Ross Barnett State Lake 16-22 inches 10 per day, 1 over 22"
Paul B. Johnson St. Park 18-22 inches 10 per day, 1 over 22”
Columbia State Lake 14-18 inches 5 per day, 1 over 18"
Ross Barnett Reservoir 15 inches and under 7 per day
Lake Charlie Capps     2 per day
Lake Jackson Washington Co.    2 per day
Wolf-Broad LakeYazoo & Humphreys Co.     2 per day
CRAPPIE
Area/Water Lengths to Release Creel Limits
Sardis Reservoir under 10 inches 30 per day
Grenada Reservoir under 10 inches 30 per day
Arkabutla Reservoir under 10 inches 30 per day
Enid Reservoir under 10 inches 30 per day
Lake Charlie Capps under 10 inches 30 per day
Okatibbee Reservoir under 10 inches 30 per day
Moon Lake under 10 inches 30 per day (no more than 5 under 10 inches)
Lake Washington under 10 inches 30 per day (no more than 5 under 10 inches)
Pickwick Lake & Tenn-Tom Waterway
(Hwy 25 to Aliceville L&D)
under 9 inches 30 per day
BLUEGILL
Area/Water Creel Limits
Leroy Percy State Park, 25
Clarkco State Park 25
FLATHEAD CATFISH SPORTFISHING & HANDGRABBLING

For Sport Fishing and Hand Grabbling Only - May 1 to July 15

Area/Water Lengths to Release Creel Limits
Statewide
(except on waters open to commercial fishing)
25 inches and under 5 per day
(2 under 25 inches)

CREEL AND SIZE LIMITS

The aggregate daily limit of all sport and game fish is 100.
SPECIES DAILY LIMIT
All species of sturgeon 0
Striped bass and/or Hybrids*
(Minimum length 15 inches)
3
Walleye 3
Sauger 15
Crappie* 30
Bluegill, Bream and all other sunfish 100
White Bass 50
Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted bass) 10
Channel catfish (in state fishing lakes) 10
Alligator Gar 2
Paddlefish 2
* Creel limits for crappie, striped bass, and it's hybrids in waters adjoining adjacent states shall be that of the adjacent states; or, shall be the Mississippi limit, whichever is greater.
 
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