Mississippi fishing guide

Welcome to your key source for all fishing-related information in Mississippi. Discover not only the prime fishing spots but also learn about the diverse species inhabiting these waters. Stay informed about the latest fishing regulations and licensing requirements for fishing in Mississippi

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Licenses for fishing in Mississippi

In Mississippi, fishing licenses are required for various activities, with specific fees for residents and non-residents. Special licenses are available for different age groups and circumstances.

For the most accurate and detailed information, it's best to visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website where you can also purchase a fishing license online.

License Type Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee
Sportsman's License $45.00 -
All Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing $25.00 -
Small Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing $10.00 -
3-Day Freshwater Fishing $3.00 $30.00
Freshwater Guide License $500.00 $2,000.00
Saltwater Fishing $10.00 $30.00
Senior Lifetime Saltwater License (Age 65 and over) $5.00 -
Freshwater Fishing (Non-Resident) - $68.00
1-Day Freshwater Fishing (Non-Resident) - $10.00
LA Saltwater Fishing (Non-Resident) - $60.00
3-Day Saltwater Fishing (Non-Resident) - $15.00

Notes:

  • These fees do not include agent and process fees.
  • The table covers key types of licenses for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
  • Special license types and exemptions are available for seniors, minors, and individuals with disabilities.

Fishing Regulations in Mississippi

Prohibited Gear and Fishing Methods
  • Use of explosives, poisons, or electricity to catch fish is prohibited.
  • Trapping or netting fish in conservation areas without specific permits is forbidden.
  • Use of game fish as bait, live or dead, is not permitted.
  • Gill nets and trammel nets are not allowed in freshwater bodies.
  • Using artificial lights to attract fish is prohibited in certain areas.
Catch Limits
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass: Daily limit of 10, with a minimum length of 12 inches.
  • Crappie (white and black): Daily limit of 30 combined, with a minimum length of 9 inches.
  • Catfish: No daily limit, but only one fish over 34 inches per day is allowed.
  • Trout: Daily limit of 7, no size limit.
  • Walleye: Daily limit of 6, with a minimum length of 15 inches.
  • Bluegill and other sunfish: Daily limit of 20 combined, no size limit.
  • Striped bass: Daily limit of 6, with a minimum length of 15 inches.
  • Shad: Daily limit of 200, no size limit.
  • Gar: No limit on the number or size.
  • Paddlefish: Seasonal and area-specific limits apply.
Restrictions on Access to Water Bodies
  • Access to certain conservation areas is restricted during specific seasons.
  • Private property fishing requires explicit permission from the landowner.
  • Certain waters are designated for youth or disability fishing only.
  • No fishing zones established around commercial shipping areas.
  • Access restrictions in place for environmental rehabilitation areas.
Zones of Special Regulation
  • Specific areas designated as catch-and-release only.
  • Trophy fish zones with enhanced size and limit regulations.
  • Areas where only artificial lures are permitted.
  • Fishing restricted during spawning seasons in certain zones.
  • Special regulations in effect near hatcheries and refuges.
Protection of Rare Species
  • Endangered species like the Gulf Sturgeon are fully protected.
  • No fishing for rare shellfish and crustaceans.
  • Restrictions on fishing in habitats of rare aquatic plants.
  • Special permits required for research-related fishing of rare species.
  • Monitoring and reporting catches of rare or uncommon fish species.
Seasonal Restrictions
  • Closed seasons for certain species during spawning or migration.
  • Winter restrictions in place for ice fishing on specific water bodies.
  • Summer no-fishing periods in overheated or low-oxygen waters.
  • Special seasonal regulations for migratory fish like salmon and shad.
  • Temporary closures during environmental events or for population recovery.
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