* 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.