Mississippi is fortunate to have abundant fishing opportunities.
With 119 public lakes, 123,000 stream miles and 225,000 freshwater
acres, finding a place to go fishing is not hard.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
personnel work hard to improve fishing. A fishery has three parts -
fish, habitat, and people. Knowledge of all three is required if
fishery managers are to be effective. Anglers spend around
$240 million a year in Mississippi and generate a total economic
impact near $1.5 billion.
- 651,000 licensed anglers in 2011 included 57,500
- 94% of our licensed anglers fish in freshwater.
- 72% of the resident anglers live in rural areas, 44% are
- Cleanliness, safety, and proximity to home are important
factors anglers use to decide where to go fishing.
Evaluating fish populations, habitats and the impacts of fishing
are difficult tasks. Fishery managers must rely on samples which
only capture a small percentage of the fish in a lake. Changes in
weather and fishing pressure also make the manager's job a
Although manpower restrictions don't allow every lake to be
sampled every year, experience and improved sampling methods allow
fishery managers to make forecasts and evaluate the state of our