Mississippi Saltwater Sportfishing Regulations

Mississippi Department of Marine ResourcesSaltwater Sportsfishing Regulations

(Updated April 12, 2002)


License Requirements -

A saltwater fishing license is required to fish in all Mississippi waters south of U.S. Highway 90. Either a saltwater or freshwater license is sufficient to fish in the brackish waters between U.S. Highway 90 and Interstate 10. To fish waters North of Interstate 10, a freshwater fishing license is required. 

Fishing licenses, both freshwater and salt,   may be obtained at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources office in the Eldon Bolton Building on Bayview Avenue in Biloxi or at any K-Mart or Wal-Mart store. 


Size and Bag Limits - 

Species Name

Daily Creel Limit

Possession Limit

Minimum Length

Maximum Length

Flounders

15

15

12"

none

Red Drum

3

3

18 "

30" (only 1 fish over 30" permitted)

Spotted Seatrout

15

15

14"

none

Red Snapper

4

4

16"

none

Vermillion Snapper

none

none

8"

none

Lane Snapper

none

none

8"

none

Mutton, Yellowtail and Gray Snapper

10

10

12"

none

Red, Nassau, Yellowfin, Black and Gag Grouper

5

5

20"

none

Jewfish

no catch

no possession

N/A

N/A

Cobia

2

2

37"

none

Spanish Mackerel

15

15

none

none

King Mackerel

2

2

24"

none

Greater Amberjack

1

1

28"

none

Mullets

none

none

none

none

Small Coastal Sharks

4

4

25"

none

Large Coastal and Pelagic Sharks

3

3

37"

none

Sand tiger, Bigeye sand tiger, Whale, Basking, and Great white sharks

no catch

no possession

n/a

n/a


Sharks-

Small Coastal Sharks include the following species:  Atlantic sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae), Caribbean sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon porosus), Finetooth (Carcharhinus isodon), Blacknose (Carcharhinus acronotus), Smalltail (Carcharhinus porosus), Bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo), and Atlantic angel (Squatina dumerili).

Large Coastal Sharks include:  Sandbar (Carcharhinus plumbeus), Blacktip(Carcharhinus limbatus), Dusky (Charcharhinus obscurus), Spinner (Carcharhinus brevipinna), Silky (Carcharhinus falciformis), Bull (Carcharhinus leucas), Bignose (Carcharhinus altimus), Narrowtooth (Carcharhinus brachyurus), Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis), Night (Carcharhinus signatus), Caribbean reef (Carcharhinus perezi), Tiger (Galeocerdo cuvieri), Lemon (Negaprion brevirostris), Nurse (Ginglymostoma cirratum), Scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), Great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), Smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena)

Pelagic Sharks include: Shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), Longfin mako (Isurus paucus),  Porbeagle (Lamna nasus), Thresher (Alopias vulpinus), Bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliousus), Blue (Prionace glauca), Oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), Sevengill (Heptranchias perlo), Sixgill (Hexanchus griseus), and Bigeye sixgill (Hexanchus vitulus).


Special Provisions -

Fishermen legally fishing in the saltwaters of a neighboring state (Louisiana or Alabama) may return to Mississippi waters with fish that were caught in compliance with the prevailing size and creel limits of the state in which those fish were caught. In the absence of any size or creel limits for any particular species, Mississippi regulations will apply.


Fishing Right-

  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Help maintain the health of our gamefish stocks by practicing catch and release.
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  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Let 'Em Go to Grow!
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For The Very Latest Information on State Saltwater Fishing Regulations Please Contact:
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Office of Marine Fisheries
(228) 374-5000