Fishing License (Saltwater &
All non-exempt persons are required to have a valid fishing
license in their possession when fishing public waters.
Resident - Each resident of the State of
Mississippi ages sixteen (16) to sixty-four (64), fishing in the
fresh or marine waters of Mississippi, including lakes and
reservoirs but NOT to include privately owned ponds and streams,
shall be required to buy a fishing license. A saltwater license is
required south of U. S. Highway 90 and a freshwater or saltwater
license is valid between I-10 and U. S. Highway 90. Saltwater
license is not valid north of I-10. Any person
sixty-five (65) or older, or any person otherwise exempted from
obtaining a fishing license, must have documentation with him/her
at all times while fishing as described in Exemptions. [MS. Code
Any person domiciled within the state of Mississippi shall be
entitled to receive a resident fishing license. The burden of
proving domicile shall be on the person claiming such status.
Exempt residents must have in their possession proof of age,
residency and/or disability status. For information about
freshwater fishing licenses call (601) 432-2055. For
information about saltwater fishing regulations call the Department
of Marine Resources at (228) 374-5000.
Definition of Game Fish
Miss. Code of 1972 defines game fish to include all bream (red
ear, bluegill, long ear, war mouth, green sunfish), all crappie
(white, black), all black bass (large mouth, small mouth, spotted),
shadow bass, walleye, sauger, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass,
striped bass, white bass, yellow bass, and all pickerel (red fin,
grass and chain).
Game fish may be taken only by hook and line with one or more
hooks (including rod and reel with artificial bait), trolls or
trot-lines. Each person having a valid fishing license may
use no more than 100 hooks per person.
The rules and regulations concerning snagging, bow-fishing,
hand-grabbing, trot-lines, throw-lines, limb-lines, set hooks,
free-floating fishing devices and hook and gear restrictions when
fishing at the reservoir spillway areas are on this website as a
It is unlawful to take any fish species by muddying and by the use
of lime, poison, explosives, electrical devices, wire baskets, fish
traps or dip net. It is unlawful to take game fish with
minnow seines for use as bait and to fail to return to the water
any game fish taken by net, seine or other commercial fishing gear.
It is unlawful for any person to fish any equipment in the waters
of the sate of any size or type that is not allowed by the
Minnows may be taken for bait with seines not more than 25 feet
long and 4 feet wide, and with minnow traps or jars (no wings or
leads) not more than 30 inches long and 12 inches in diameter with
an entrance of not more than 1 inch in diameter. Shad and
minnows may only be taken with the aid of dip/landing nets, cast
nets, boat mounted scoops and wire baskets by residents for
personal use during sport-fishing.
Other types of minnow traps must be approved by the Office of
Fisheries and Wildlife for use by licensed minnow dealers. All
game fish caught in minnow seines or traps must be immediately
returned to the water.
Sale of Game Fish
It is unlawful for any person to buy or sell, offer for sale or
exchange any game fish taken within Mississippi or coming from
another state. It is also illegal for any restaurant or public
eating establishment to possess or offer for sale any game
However, they may prepare and serve game fish for any person who
has taken the fish legally.
No person shall take in any one calendar day, no more than the
daily creel or bag limit or bag limit of fish. No person at
any time, by any means, or in any manner, transport more than seven
(7) daily creel or bag limits of fish for each qualified angler
present in the vehicle. A single angler may only transport
his or her own limit(s) of fish, not to exceed seven (7) daily
For the rules and regulations of commercial fishing and the use of
slat-baskets. For a mail application for commercial
fishing licenses, commercial equipment tags, slat-basket licenses
and slat-basket tags.