Department of Marine Resources
Mississippi Saltwater Fishing
State of Mississippi
The Honorable Tate Reeves, Governor
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Joe Spraggins, Executive Director
Commission on Marine Resources
Mark Harvard II, Chairman
Recreational Sports Fishermen
Ronnie Daniels, Vice Chairman
Charter Boat Operators
Commercial Seafood Processors
Nonprofit Environmental Organizations
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530
228-374-5000 • dmr.ms.gov
The information provided in this guide is an overview of regulations in effect as of April 30, 2020, concerning saltwater fishing in Mississippi’s marine waters prepared in accordance with Mississippi Code Annotated §49-15-18. However, this guide is not, nor is it intended to be, a definitive publication of all regulations pertaining to saltwater fishing in Mississippi. Complete texts of all regulations and statutes are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the MDMR website. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, readers are reminded that in the event of a conflict between state statute and CMR regulations, state statute will take precedence. If you are fishing in another state or in federal waters, please consult fishing regulations that would be applicable. Readers are further reminded that all regulations are subject to change.
Federal regulations may differ from state regulations. For federal regulations, contact the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at 888-833-1844 or gulfcouncil.org.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council offers a free fishing regulations app for the Android and the iPhone. The apps provide immediate access to the most up-to-date commercial and recreational federal fishing regulations for species managed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Visit the App Store or Android Market to download the app.