Frequently Asked Questions
What do the ramp index numbers mean on the "Ramp and Pier" details?
On Ramp and Pier Details there is a Ramp Index that
ranges from 1 to 6. Here's what those numbers
For River or Reservoirs:
- Ramp and parking suitable for large boats.
- Water levels or ramp slope may limit access of
- Same as #2, and parking may be limited. For Smaller
Lake or Stream.
- Ramp and parking suitable for small fishing or
- Water levels or ramp slope may limit access of
- Same as #5, and parking may be limited. Dennis
Riecke, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.
How do you certify a State Record Freshwater Fish?
Application and Rules for State Record Fish
- Fish must be caught on rod, reel and line, or pole
and line, and hooked with any legal hook or
- Fish must be weighed in the presence of MDWFP
personnel on certified scales or scales legal for trade. The
weighing must witnessed by others, who MUST sign the application
form. No provision for weight loss will be allowed. The actual
weight of the fish AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING will be the OFFICIAL
WEIGHT. It is desired (but not mandatory) to have signature(s) on
the application form of witness(es), if any, to the actual catching
of the fish.
- Two (2) photographs (preferably in color) should be
taken of the proposed record fish. A. One (1) of the angler and
fish. B. One (1) showing a clear, close up side view of only the
- Length of the fish must be measured using a
flatboard and with fish mouth closed, from tip of snout to tip of
tail (with tail squeezed together to give longest possible
measurement) which gives the maximum overall measurement. Fork
length measurement should also be taken from the tip of shout to
the fork of the tail. (See diagram on
- Girth of the fish will be measured around the
thickest portion of the body. (See diagram)
- Applications for black bass, crappie and sunfish
MUST be positively identified AND verified by a Professional
Fisheries Biologist with the MDWFP.
- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries
and Parks reserves the right to further check fish identification
or verification of witnesses and to refuse any application that is
questionable. It will be considered "just cause" for
disqualification of current application and any previous records
established by anyone who knowingly falsifies a record fish
If the rules are not clear, PLEASE reread
Record Fish Applications
All rules will be strictly adhered to!
The decision of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries
and Parks will be final.
MDWFP Fisheries Bureau
1505 Eastover Dr.
Jackson, Mississippi 39211-6374
Dennis Riecke, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist
Is the Alabama Rig legal to fish in Mississippi?
The Alabama Rig is legal to use in almost all public waters in
Mississippi. The exceptions are the following, where anglers
are restricted to by the number of lures and/or hooks per pole that
can be used:
- Grenada, Arkabutla, Sardis, and Enid Lakes
- Spillways of Ross Barnett and Okatibbee Reservoirs
- Spillways of Grenada, Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla Lakes from
spillway outlets to the end of the riprap
- Bluff Lake spillway in Noxubee County
- Lowhead dam on Ross Barnett Reservoir from the dam to the end
of the Idle Speed Only/No Wake Zone area downstream of the
The Alabama Rig is legal to fish everywhere else in
Where can I fish on Pickwick Lake with my Mississippi License?
Please click HERE for a map that shows where your
Mississippi fishing license is good on Pickwick Lake.
Where can I find a fishing guide in MS?
Click on the link below for freshwater fishing guides in MS.
Freshwater Fishing Guides
HOW TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION OF A BOAT
Owners of new or used boats may get the registration form
at any local county tax collector's office, most places where boats
are sold or serviced, MDWFP District Offices, Jackson Office, or Online.
Complete the form, attach any necessary documents, sign and forward
to the Department with appropriate fee.
To register a new boat include the sales invoice showing proof of
payment of Mississippi sales tax. If the boat was purchased in
another state you may pay Mississippi state sales tax at the local
county Tax Collector's office. Include this proof of payment with
the registration application. If registering or transferring
ownership of a used boat include a notarized bill of sale
describing the boat being purchased. If the bill of sale is not
notarized it must be signed by one witness. If a boat was
previously registered and titled in a state that requires mandatory
titling you must also include the previous state's registration and
The registration application requires a Hull Identification
Number. This number should contain 12 digits if the boat was
manufactured after November, 1972. Examples of proper 12 digit Hull
Identification Numbers will be: ABC456781272, ABC45678M73E or
ABC45678A484. Boats manufactured prior to 1972 will have a serial
HOW TO RENEW A BOAT REGISTRATION
Once a boat is registered a notice to renew the
registration will be mailed to the owner by the MDWFP. For
convenience and faster service you may renew you boat registration
wherever hunting and fishing license are sold, by calling
1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868) which is available 24 hours a day,
or Online at ms.gov. You may also mail your renewal
to the MDWFP Boat Registration Department. You should notify MDWFP
Boat Registration Department of any address changes.
HOW TO OBTAIN A DUPLICATE BOAT REGISTRATION
If you lose your boat registration card and/or decals or
if you need an additional boat registration card you may obtain a
duplicate wherever hunting and fishing license are sold or by
calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868) which is available 24 hours