Frequently Asked Questions
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
Where are Walleye found in Mississippi?
Historically, walleye were collected from the
Mississippi and Pearl Rivers. They may have existed in other river
systems but these are the documented locations with those fish in
museum collections. In the book "The Inland Fishes of Mississippi"
Dr. Stephen Ross states that walleye were reportedly comment in the
1950's. Today, walleye are only found in the northeast part of the
state. We know that they are gentically unique from every other
strain in the nation. These Southern Strain of walleye are found in
the Mobile River drainage in Mississippi and Alabama. We have been
spawning and stocking them for years in the creeks around Columbus,
MS. These fish don't live more than six years, are not common and
are restricted in their range. Some years ago, someone petitioned
the US Fish & Wildlife Service to declare this race of fish
"endangered" but not enought information existed to do
What is the state fish? What species are only found in Mississippi?
The state fish is the largemouth bass. There are 3
fish species found only within the state of Mississippi and nowhere
else in the World. They are: bayou darter found in the Bayou Pierre
system south of Vicksburg; Yazoo shiner and Yazoo darter, both in
the streams of the Yazoo river drainage in northwest Mississippi. A
recent (2001) book, INLAND FISHES OF MISSISSIPPI, by Stephen T.
Ross provides color photographs and a wealth of information on the
288 species of freshwater fishes in Mississippi. Dennis Riecke,
MDWFP Fisheries Biologist
What is a Magnolia Crappie?
The Magnolia crappie is a triploid hybrid cross
between a black-striped black crappie (a scarce color variation of
the black crappie) and a white crappie. This fish has a black
stripe running from the front of the dorsal fin along the top of
the the body, normally extending through the to the upper jaw. The
eggs and milt are stripped, hand mixed and the eggs are placed in a
pressure chamber causing triploidy - the development of 3 sets of
chromosomes. The resulting fish is sterile because it has 3 sets of
chromosomes. Because they can't reproduce they have been stocked
into some smaller water bodies like Lake Charlie Capps where
fertile crappie would overproduce and few would grow to a
harvestable size due to a lack of enough food. Dennis Riecke, MDWFP
Free Fishing Weekends & Days
Anyone may fish along the Gulf Coast on July 4th each year
in waters south of I-10 without a saltwater fishing license. Those
who have purchased a Lifetime Sportsman's License do not need to
ever purchase a saltwater fishing. During the first weekend
(Saturday and Sunday) of National Fishing and Boating Week, usually
the first week of June, fishing permits are not required MDWFP
State Fishing Lakes and State Parks and state wide fishing licenses
are not required.
Click on the link below for freshwater fishing guides in MS.
Freshwater Fishing Guides
Daily Fishing Reports from Anglers
anglers can read the fishing reports posted each day by anglers
fishing in any state. Anglers can also post their own fishing
report on the site.
Generally in Mississippi from March 15 - April 15. It
depends on water temperature -- 60-68 F is their preferred spawning
temperature. The big fish usually spawn before the small fish.
Sometimes from 10-60 fish will be in a small area spawning. The
male fish get darker as the amount of black pigment on them
Do you raise trout at the NMFH?
No. Trout are not native to Mississippi. A few attempts to
stock them have not been successful. A state record rainbow trout
is acknowledged but this fish crossed the Mississippi River from
Arkansas during drought conditions into Lake
Do you sell fish or give fish away?
No. Everything we raise at the NMFH is for public stocking only.
For information of stocking see this information compiled by
the MDWFP and Mississippi State University Extension Service.