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Freshwater Size & Creel Limits

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Statewide Creel and Size Limits

For Saltwater Fishing Regulations, call the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources at 228-374-5000 or visit www.dmr.ms.gov

Species – Daily Creel Limits

Alligator Gar**** – 2

Paddlefish* (must be less than 30 inches) – 2

Striped Bass and/or Striped Bass Hybrids (minimum length 15 inches)** – 6

Walleye*** – 3

Sauger – 10

Crappie** (combined white and black) – 30

Bluegill, bream and all other sunfish (combined)** – 100

Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted bass (combined)** – 10

Sturgeon – 0

For all other game or sport fish species, there is no daily creel limit.

* No Paddlefish harvest allowed in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Tombigbee River or its tributaries, and Pickwick Lake. Paddlefish are measured from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail.

** Daily limits for bream, Black Bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth), Crappie, Striped Bass and Striped Bass hybrids in waters adjoining adjacent states shall be that of the adjacent state, or the Mississippi limit, whichever is greater.

*** Harvest and possession of Walleye is prohibited in Lake Lamar Bruce, Lake Monroe, and in the Old Tombigbee River and its tributaries north of Hwy 278 (Monroe, Itawamba and Prentiss Counties).

**** No Alligator Gar harvest allowed from Bee Lake (Holmes County).

Transport Limit: No person shall at anytime transport more than seven (7) daily creel limits of game fish for each licensed or exempt angler present in the vehicle. A single angler can only transport his or her own daily limit(s) of fish, not to exceed seven (7) daily limits.

On all other lakes, there is no length limit for any species except Striped Bass and/or Striped Bass hybrids and Paddlefish but the statewide daily creel limits apply.

Special Largemouth, Spotted & Smallmouth Bass Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Aberdeen Lake – 14 inches & under – 10 per day

Calling Panther Lake – 20 inches & over – 10 per day, 1 over 20 inches

Charlie Capps WMA Lake – No Length Limit – 5 per day

Columbus Lake – 14 inches & under – 10 per day

Davis Lake (Chickasaw County) – 18-22 inches – 10 per day; 1 over 22 inches

Eagle Lake – 16 inches & under – 10 per day

(includes channel to Muddy Bayou water control structure)

Lake Bill Waller – 18-22 inches – 15 per day, 1 over 22 inches

Lake Bogue Homa – 15 inches & under – 5 per day

Lake Claude Bennett – No Length Limit – 30 per day

Lake Jackson (Washington County) – No Length Limit – 5 per day

Lake Jeff Davis – 18-24 inches – 15 per day, 1 over 24 inches

Lake Lamar Bruce – 18-24 inches – 10 per day, 1 over 24 inches

Lake Monroe – 18-24 inches – 10 per day, 1 over 24 inches

Lake Okhissa (Franklin County) – 18-22 inches – 10 per day, 1 over 22 inches

Lake Washington – 15 inches & under – 5 per day

(Possession of black bass under 15 inches while in Paul Love Park or on the weir is prohibited.)

Leroy Percy State Park Lake – No Length Limit – 5 per day

Malmaison WMA Lakes – 15 inches & under – 2 per day

Moon Lake (includes area east of Hwy 1) – No Length Limit – 5 per day

Natchez State Park Lake – 18-22 inches – 7 per day, 1 over 22 inches

Neshoba County Lake – 16-20 inches – 10 per day, 1 over 20 inches

North Abutment Campground Lake at Grenada Reservoir – 15 inches & under – 2 per day

Pascagoula River – 12 inches & under – 10 per day

(George & Jackson Counties, Merrill, MS to Hwy 90 bridge, includes all connected oxbow lakes; East & West Pascagoula Rivers and all waters between these two rivers)

Paul B. Johnson State Park Lake (Geiger Lake) – 18-22 inches – 10 per day, 1 over 22 inches

Percy Quin State Park (Lake Tangipahoa) – 16-22 inches – 7 per day, 1 over 22 inches

Pickwick Lake – 15 inches & under – 10 per day

RecCon Lake (Bolivar County) – No Length Limit – 2 per day

Ross Barnett Reservoir – 14 inches & under – 7 per day

Wolf-Broad Lake (Yazoo & Humphreys Counties) – 12 inches & under – 5 per day

Special Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Ross Barnett Reservoir to City of Jackson water intake – 15 inches & under – 6 per day, 1 over 24 inches

Special Bluegill & Redear Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Lake Okhissa (Franklin County) – No Length Limit – 50 per day

Special Catfish Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Lake Okhissa (Franklin County) – No Length Limit – 5 per day

RecCon Lake (Bolivar County) – No Length Limit – 10 per day

All MDWFP State Fishing Lakes and State Parks Lakes – No Length Limit – 10 per day

Border Waters with Alabama & Tennessee – No Length Limit – 1 over 34 inches, no creel limit under 34 inches

For all other waters, there is no daily creel limit for any catfish species.

Special Walleye Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Davis Lake (Chickasaw County) – No Length Limit – 1 per day

Special Black & White Crappie Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel Limits

Arkabutla Reservoir+ – 12 inches & under – 15 per day

Arkabutla Spillway to Prichard Rd. Bridge++ – No Length Limit – 15 per day

Charlie Capps WMA Lake – No Length Limit – 20 per day

Eagle Lake (includes channel to Muddy Bayou
water control structure) – 11 inches and under – 30 per day

Enid Reservoir+ – 12 inches & under – 15 per day

Enid Spillway to I-55++ – No Length Limit – 15 per day

Grenada Reservoir+ – 12 inches & under – 15 per day

Grenada Spillway to Hwy. 51++ – No Length Limit – 15 per day

Lake Monroe – No Length Limit – 20 per day

Lake Okhissa (Franklin County) – 10 inches & under – 10 per day

Lake Washington – 11 inches & under – 30 per day

(Possession of crappie under 11 inches while in Paul Love Park or on the weir is prohibited.)

Moon Lake (includes area east of Hwy 1) – 10 inches & under – 30 per day

Percy Quin State Park (Lake Tangipahoa) – No Length Limit – 20 per day

Pickwick Lake & Tenn-Tom Waterway – 9 inches & under – 30 per day

(including all tributaries)

Sardis Reservoir+ – 12 inches & under – 15 per day

Sardis Spillway & Sardis Lower Lake to Spaulding Creek++ – No Length Limit – 15 per day

+ At Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis Reservoirs anglers may fish no more than 4 poles per person. Each pole may have no more than 2 hooks or lures. The aggregate daily boat creel limit for all species of crappie on Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis, and Grenada Reservoirs for boats with three or more anglers shall be 40 crappie larger than 12 inches.

++ See spillway restrictions in this section.

Special Rainbow Trout Regulations

Area/Water – Lengths to Release – Creel limits

Lake Lamar Bruce – No Length Limit – 3 per day

On all other lakes, there is no length limit for any species except Striped Bass and/or Striped Bass hybrids and Paddlefish but the statewide daily creel limits apply.