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
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
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 common in the 1950's. Today, walleye are only found in the northeast part of the state. We know that they are genetically 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 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to declare this race of fish "endangered," but not enough information existed to do so.
The state fish is the largemouth
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 found in the streams of the Yazoo
river drainage in northwest Mississippi. A (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
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 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 Fisheries Biologist.
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.
Generally, crappie in Mississippi spawn from March 15 -
April 15, but it depends on water temperature. 60° - 68° F is
their preferred spawning temperature. The big fish usually spawn
before the small fish. Sometimes 10 - 60 fish will be in a small
area spawning. The male fish get darker as the amount of black
pigment on them increases.
No. Trout are not native to Mississippi. Trout stocked into private ponds provide a seasonal fishery during the winter months. A state record rainbow trout is acknowledged but this fish crossed the Mississippi River from Arkansas, during drought conditions, into Lake Whittington.
No. Everything we raise at the NMFH is for public stocking only.
For information on stocking, see this information compiled by the
MDWFP and Mississippi State University Extension Service.