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Fishing Regulations

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Fish Tissue Advisories & Commercial Fishing Bans

These advisories are current as of the time of publication, but are subject to change.
Please consult the MDEQ Web Site

www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/FS-Mississippi _Fish_Advisories?OpenDocument
or call the MDEQ Laboratory (601-961-5701) for the most up to date information.

STREAM REACH

CHEMICAL

DATE ISSUED

ACTION

Archusa Water Park in Clark County

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Bogue Chitto River­

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Delta Region / All waters east of the Mississippi River levee and west of the bluff hills except for Steele Bayou, Black Bayou, Bee Lake, RecCon Lake (Rainey’s Lake), and Lake Charlie Capps.

Toxaphene, DDT

June 2001

See #4 Below

Enid Reservoir

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Escatawpa River from the AL state line to Interstate 10.

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Grenada Lake & Yalobusha River from the dam downstream to Hwy 8 & 35 at Holcomb.

Mercury

June 2001

See #1 Below

Gulf of Mexico

Mercury

May 1998

See #2 Below

Lake Susie, Oxbow Lake of Old Tallahatchie River in Panola County west of Batesville

PCB’s

Nov. 1989

See #3 Below

Little Conehoma Creek & Yockanookany River in Attala & Leake counties. From Highway 35 near Kosciusko Downstream to Highway 429 ­near Thomastown (approx. 15 miles).

PCB’s

June 1987

See #3 Below

Pascagoula River

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Pearl River Hwy 25 (Leake County), near Carthage, downstream to Leake County Water Park

Mercury

June 2001

See #1 Below

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge (All Waters)

Toxaphene, DDT

1975

See #3 Below

Yockanookany River

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Yocona River From Enid Reservoir to Little Tallahatchie River

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Action

1. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people limit the amount of largemouth and spotted bass and large catfish that they eat from these areas because of high levels of mercury in the fish. Children under seven and women who might have children should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.

2. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people limit the amount of 33”-39” king mackerel they eat from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Do not eat king mackerel greater than 39”. Children under seven and women of childbearing age should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.

3. Do not consume any fish from these waters. Precautionary advisory issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge.

4. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people eat no more than one meal every 2 weeks of buffalo, carp, gar, and catfish over 22 inches from all waters in this area, except for Steele Bayou, Black Bayou, Bee Lake, RecCon Lake (Rainey’s Lake) and Lake Charlie Capps.

Mississippi Official State Record
Freshwater Fish

(Rod and Reel Division)

Species

Weight

Angler

Location Caught

Date

Alligator Gar

215 lbs

Earl Stafford

MS River (Natchez)

5/3/2003

American Eel

5 lbs 1 oz

Mitch McLendon

MS River (Vicksburg)

7/12/1994

Bighead Carp

67 lbs 12 oz

Ron Maxwell

Sardis Lower Lake

4/3/2007

Bigmouth Buffalo

46 lbs 3 oz

Willie Hearn

Private Pond

10/24/2007

Black Bass Hybrid

11 lbs 4.5 oz

Hunter Yarborough

Private Pond

9/26/1964

Black Bullhead

5.56 lbs

Harold B. Alexander

Sunrise Lake

6/12/1988

Black Crappie

4 lbs 4 oz

Gerald Conlee

Arkabutla Reservoir

3/19/1991

Blue Catfish

95 lbs

Dakota Hinson

MS River (Natchez)

3/16/2009

Bluegill

3.45 lbs

Gerald E. Thurmond

Farm Pond

2/2/1995

Bowfin

18 lbs 14 oz

B.H. Toney

Ross Barnett Reservoir

11/23/1978

Brown Bullhead

6.13 lbs

Bobby L. Gibson

Farm Pond

1/19/1991

Chain Pickerel

6 lbs 4 oz

Ronnie Boren

Bay Springs Lake

10/4/1986

Channel Catfish

51 lbs 12 oz

Tom Edwards

Lake Tom Bailey

5/31/1997

Common Carp

74 lbs

Curtis Wade

Pelahatchie Lake

6/13/1963

Flathead Catfish

77.7 lbs

Matt Bingham

MS River (Tunica)

5/8/2012

Freshwater Drum

30.63 lbs

John Smith

Eagle Lake

1/7/2016

Grass Carp

53.2 lbs

Melvin Murphy

Prairie Waters

4/16/2008

Green Sunfish

1.26 lbs

Craig Jones

Waltman’s Lake (Canton)

5/21/1986

Green Sunfish Hybrid

1.23 lbs

Troy M. Wright

Private Pond

4/6/1986

Largemouth Bass

18.15 lbs

Anthony Denny

Natchez State Park Lake

12/31/1992

Longear Sunfish

0.33 ibs.

Cary Crosby

Red Creek

5/19/2016

Longnose Gar

48 lbs 1 oz

Don Henson

Sardis Reservoir Spillway

9/10/2016

Magnolia Crappie

3.46 lbs

Tom Box

Lake Charlie Capps

3/24/2004

Paddlefish

65 lbs

Randy Pues

Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway

6/23/1974

Rainbow Trout

5.03 lbs

Cyrus Manning

Private Pond

1/5/2015

Redspotted Sunfish

2.3 oz

Caleb Hinton

Thompson Creek

9/29/2014

Redear

3.33 lbs

James K. Martin

Tippah County Lake

11/5/1991

Sauger

2.52 lbs

Pete Mauceli

MS River (Greenville)

8/5/1992

Saugeye

4.66 lbs

Scott Wood

Bay Springs lake

2/26/2000

Shadow Bass

0.45 lbs

Jeffery Jackson

Copiah Creek

1/21/2006

Shortnose Gar

5.83 lbs

Robert Mills

Enid Spillway

8/22/1999

Silver Carp

15 lbs

Vernard Williams

Log Loader Lake

7/31/2011

Smallmouth Bass

7 lbs 15 oz

Thomas Wilbanks

Yellow Creek Arm (Pickwick Lake)

1/24/1987

Smallmouth Buffalo

57 lbs 12 oz

Charles M. Cox

Ross Barnett Reservoir

11/21/1983

Spotted Bass

8 lbs 2 oz

S . Ross Gratham

Farm Pond

9/2/1975

Spotted Gar

8.1 lbs

Chuck Herring

Enid Dam Spillway

8/13/2012

Striped Bass

39.6 lbs

Rocky Rawls

Pascagoula River

2/7/2016

Striped Bass Hybrid

17.77 lbs

Robert F. Fulce

Lower Sardis Lake

4/15/1991

Walleye

9.66 lbs

Clayton E. Hobbs

TN River (Iuka)

1/19/1985

Warmouth

1 lb 8 oz

Lilliam Morris

Black Creek

6/17/1979

White Bass

5 lbs 6 oz

William Mulvhill

Grenada Reservoir Spillway

4/21/1979

White Crappie

5 lbs 3 oz

Fred Bright

Enid Reservoir

7/31/1957

Yellow Bass

2.24 lbs

Zach Lipford

Pickwick Lake

3/2/2017

Yellow Bullhead

2 lbs 13 oz

Robert Cason

Mossy Lake

5/26/1974

Yellow Perch

1.46 lbs

Wesley Cummins

Pickwick Lake

3/21/2016

– World Record