Commercial Fishing Gear
Fishing Gear that can be fished by holders of Commercial Fishing
License to harvest non-game gross fish (rough fish) and non-native
Please see the Commercial fishing digest for waters closed to
the use of commercial fishing gear.
A devise made of multifilament or monofilament twine that is
used to entangle fish. minimum mesh of four (4) inches square
measure may be fished statewide
A minimum of three (3) inch mesh square measure gill nets
may be used in the main channels of the Mississippi and Pearl
Rivers, Pickwick Lake, and in lakes and streams where the
Mississippi/Louisiana stateline occurs, including any public waters
that are within the overflow of the Mississippi River along the
A minimum of 3.5 inch mesh square measure gill and trammel nets
shall be used in the main channel of the Mississippi River and all
public waters between the main levees of the Mississippi River
where it is the state line between Arkansas and Mississippi.
Nets must be set at least 100 yards apart and no nearer than 20
yards to piers.
Maximum length shall be 3,000 feet.
An equipment tag shall be attached to one end of the float line
of each gill or trammel net.
Season - throughout the year.
Are lines with droppers that have hooks. A commercial license is
required to run trotlines with more than 100 hooks in
Hooks must be at least 24 inches apart and tied so they cannot
slip together. No trotlines shall exceed 1,000 feet. An
equipment tag shall be attached within 5 feet of one end of the
mainline of each trotline.
SNAG LINES a trotline type of gear with many
droppers with hooks that are close together; the gear is designed
to snag fish as they swim by.
No open season for use of snaglines.
Hoop Nets or Barrel Nets
A trap made out of hoops and twine with throats that prevent
escape of the fish.
Mesh - minimum of 3 inch square measure, made of No. 15 twine or
bigger and treated. Twine or cord only. Hearts may be used only
between the main levees of the Mississippi River. Hoop nets or
barrel nets must be set at least 100 yards apart (Section 49-7-81).
Legally licensed residents of Mississippi fishing barrel nets
and/or hoop nets in Mississippi waters, which are a common
boundary between Mississippi and another state (oxbow lakes
included) may use a mesh size which is the same mesh size allowed
in the other state. EXCEPT, leads, hearts and wings are
prohibited in Mississippi waters when attached to barrel or hoop
nets with minimum square mesh of less than three (3) inches. An
equipment tag shall be attached to the front hoop on each hoop
A lead net is a hoop net with a net attached that "leads" the
fish to the hoop net. A hoop net may be fished on each end of a
lead. As such, this constitutes one set and each set must be 100
yards apart. There is a maximum of seven lead nets per fishermen.
Leads -maximum of 35 yards in length for, made of three
(3) inch square mesh, No. 15 twine or bigger and treated.
The use of seines is prohibited for all non-game gross
No open season, except for minnow seines.
Totaling no more than 25 feet in length and four (4) feet in
depth. The use of minnow seines in any of the public lakes in
Mississippi and in certain waters below the flood control reservoir
dams is prohibited.
Are jars constructed of glass, plastic, non metallic or wire
mesh not more than 30 inches in length and 12 inches in diameter
having no wings or leads and having an entrance no larger than one
inch in diameter may be used for taking minnows for bait only.
Crawfish traps are typically of the pillow or pyramid style
which are used for the sole purpose of taking crawfish. Crawfish
traps are constructed of coated wire with the opening of the throat
or flues not exceeding two inches, with minimum mesh no smaller
than 3/4 inch by 11/16 inch. Tagging requirement - Each trap must
be tagged with a tag supplied by the owner, with the owners name
and MDWFP # number.
A wooden trap used to catch, almost exclusively,
Slat baskets shall be made entirely of wood and/or plastic slats
in a boxlike or cylindrical shape. Slat baskets shall not exceed
six (6) feet in length nor exceed fifteen (15) inches in width and
height or diameter. May have no more than two (2) throats, and must
have at least four (4) slot openings of a minimum one and
one-fourth (1 1/4) inches by twenty-four (24) inches, evenly spaced
around the sides of the catch area. The one and one fourth (1 1/4 )
inch wide slots must begin at the rear of the basket and run
twenty-four (24) inches toward the throat end of the basket.
Slat baskets shall be placed at least one hundred (100) yards
apart and may not be used with any form of leads, netting, or
guiding devices. Each slat basket shall have a tag permanently
attached to the front end of the basket.
Freshwater Shrimp Traps
Freshwater shrimp traps are wire traps used to capture
freshwater shrimp for bait. The traps must be no larger than 36
inches long from the rear of the heart to the leading edge of the
trap, and no larger than 24 inches wide between the leading edges
of the trap or heart opening and no larger than 12 inches high. The
trap cannot have any external or unattached wings, weirs, or other
guiding devices intended to funnel shrimp to the trap heart. Shrimp
traps fished in public water shall be marked with a waterproof tag
provided by the fishermen, with the fishers name and MDWFP #
legibly printed on the tag.
TAGS for commercial fishing gear
(Commecial Fishing Equipment Tags)
All gill nets, trammel nets, hoop nets, slat baskets, commercial
trotlines, crawfish traps, and shrimp traps must have a tag
attached that identifies the owner of the gear by their unique
MDWFP Number (#) as found on the owner's license (found above the
license holder's date of birth). A valid tag will be waterproof and
have waterproof marking, or engraving, of the fisher's MDWFP Number
in legible numbers at least ¼" in height. A valid tag
can be either a tag supplied by the fisherman, or, tags previously
sold by MDWFP in which the owner had to engrave their MDWFP # on
the tag. Tags on crawfish or shrimp traps must also have the
fisher's name in addition to their MDWFP #. All tags sold by MDWFP
prior to June 25, 2012 are no longer valid, as they do not have the
fishers' MDWFP #. However, those tags can be flipped over and will
be valid when engraved or marked with gear owner's MDWFP #. The
MDWFP # is a number unique to each customer of the MDWFP license