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Mississippi State Fishing Lakes

MDWFP operates 18 prime fishing lakes throughout the state which offer outstanding fishing on 4,030 acres of picturesque waters.

Sport fishing licenses and permits are required to fish these lakes. Exceptions are on the first weekend of National Fishing Week in June 2014 (June 7 and 8) when fishing permits are free, and a sport fishing license is not required.

Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes and State Park Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.

Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed at all State Fishing Lakes (except for Lake Bill Waller) from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations.

State Fishing Lakes Fee Schedule

(Prices include permit fee and transaction fee.)

Annual guest permits include all persons in the boat.

Daily Permits


Entrance/Fishing (age 16-64)


Youth Fishing (under 16 years of age)


Boat Launching/Fishing/Skiing
(age 16-64)


Boat Launching/Disabled Exempt Fishing (age 65 and over)


Disabled/Exempt Fishing




Camping (age 65 and older or disabled)*


Primitive/tent camping (no electricity)


Pavilion Rental

$36.00 / $51.00

Duplicate Copy of Annual/Lifetime Permit


* RV camping rate includes fishing and launching for up to 8 people.

Monthly Permits


Camping (30 day)*


Camping (30 day; over 65/Disabled)*


Annual Permits


Guest Launch/Fishing/Skiing (includes all persons in boat)


Guest Disabled/Sr. Citizen Launch/Fishing/Skiing (includes all persons in boat)


Disabled/Sr. Citizen Fishing No Launching


Fishing (age 16-64) No Launching


Boat Launch/Fishing/Skiing


Boat Launch/Fishing/Skiing (Disabled and over age 64)


Cabin Rental Permits


Cabin (weekday rate) **


Cabin (weekend rate) **


* RV Camping Rate includes fishing and boat launch for registered campers not to exceed 8 people

** Cabins without linens at Lake Claude Bennett and Prentiss Walker Lake. Cabin rentals include fishing and launching for the number of registered guests.

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