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 fish.
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 MS/LA border.
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 aggregate.
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 size - minimum of 3 inch square measure. Twine or cord only. Leads - maximum of seven per fishermen, 35 yards in length for each of 2 barrel nets used (Section 49-7-9), made of three (3) inch square mesh, No. 15 twine or bigger and treated. 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) EXCEPT in areas where nets may be fished on each end of a lead, as such this constitutes one set and each set must be 100 yards apart. 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 net.
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 than3/4 inch by 11/16. Tagging requirement - Each trap has to be tagged with a tag supplied by the owner with the owners name and customer identification 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-half (1.5 ) inches by twenty-four (24) inches evenly spaced around the sides of the catch area. The one and one half (1.5 ) 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 metal slat basket tag permanently attached to the front end of it with nails or screws.