Fishing Seasons and Creel
Map of Fishing Regulations
Fishing License (Saltwater
All non-exempt persons are required to have a valid fishing
license in their possession when fishing public waters.
Resident - Each resident of the State of
Mississippi ages sixteen (16) to sixty-four (64), fishing in the
fresh or marine waters of Mississippi, including lakes and
reservoirs but NOT to include privately owned ponds and streams,
shall be required to buy a fishing license. A saltwater
license is required south of U. S. Highway 90 and a freshwater or
saltwater license is valid between I-10 and U. S. Highway 90.
Saltwater license is not valid north of I-10. Any
person sixty-five (65) or older, or any person otherwise exempted
from obtaining a fishing license, must have documentation with
him/her at all times while fishing as described in Exemptions [MS.
Code 49-7-9]. However, Effective July 1, 2010, residents
sixty-five (65) years of age or older are required to purchase a
saltwater fishing license if fishing South of U.S. Highway
90. The Senior Saltwater License is a lifetime privilege.
Any person domiciled within the state of Mississippi shall be
entitled to receive a resident fishing license. The burden of
proving domicile shall be on the person claiming such status.
Exempt residents must have in their possession proof of age,
residency, and/or disability status. For information about
freshwater fishing licenses call (601) 432-2055. For
information about saltwater fishing regulations call the Department
of Marine Resources at (228) 374-5000.
Definition of Game
Miss. Code of 1972 defines game fish to include all bream (red
ear, bluegill, long ear, war mouth, green sunfish), all crappie
(white, black), all black bass (large mouth, small mouth, spotted),
shadow bass, walleye, sauger, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass,
striped bass, white bass, yellow bass, and all pickerel (red fin,
grass, and chain).
Game fish may be taken only by hook and line with one or more
hooks (including rod and reel with artificial bait), trot-lines,
throwlines, limblines, set hooks, free floating fishing
devices(jugs), and yo-yos. Each person having a valid fishing
license may use no more than 100 hooks per person.
It is unlawful to take any fish species by muddying and by the use
of lime, poison, explosives, electrical devices, wire baskets, fish
traps, or dip net. It is unlawful to take game fish with
minnow seines for use as bait and to fail to return to the water
any game fish taken by net, seine, or other commercial fishing
gear. It is unlawful for any person to fish any equipment in
the waters of the state of any size or type that is not allowed by
Minnows may be taken for bait with seines not more than 25 feet
long and 4 feet wide, and with minnow traps or jars (no wings or
leads) not more than 30 inches long and 12 inches in diameter with
an entrance of not more than 1 inch in diameter. Shad and
minnows may only be taken with the aid of dip/landing nets, cast
nets, boat mounted scoops, and wire baskets by residents for
personal use during sport-fishing.
Game fish can be used as bait as long as they were legally
captured and possession does not exceed the daily creel limit for
Sale of Game
It is unlawful for any person to buy or sell, offer for sale, or
exchange any game fish taken within Mississippi or coming from
another state. It is also illegal for any restaurant or
public eating establishment to possess or offer for sale any game
fish. However, they may prepare and serve game fish for any
person who has taken the fish legally.
No person shall take in any one calendar day, no more than the
daily creel or bag limit of fish. No person at any time, by
any means, or in any manner, may transport more than seven (7)
daily creel or bag limits of fish for each qualified angler present
in the vehicle. A single angler may only transport his or her
own limit(s) of fish, not to exceed seven (7) daily limits.
For rules and regulations concerning commercial fishing