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Recreational Fishing Limits

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Mississippi Saltwater Fishing

*Bag/Possession are per person unless stated otherwise.

Minimum Length in Inches

Number of Fish
Bag/Possession

Cobia

33 FL

2

Flounder

12 TL

10

Red Drumw

18 TL to 30 TL**

3

Spotted Seatrout

15 TL

15

King Mackerelwww

24 FL

3

Spanish Mackerelwww

12 FL

15

Tripletail

18 TL

3

Sheepshead

14 TL

15

Vermillion Snapperwww

10 TL

20 (in aggregate)

Lane Snapperwww

8 TL

Gray Triggerfishwww

15 FL

1 (in aggregate)

Almaco Jackwww

No Limit

20 (in aggregate)

Goldface Tilefishwww

No Limit

Anchor Tilefishwww

No Limit

Tilefishwww

No Limit

Blackline Tilefishwww

No Limit

Blueline Tilefishwww

No Limit

Goliath Grouperwww

No Take

No Take

Nassau Grouperwww

No Take

No Take

Warsaw Grouperwww

No Limit

1 per vessel***

Red & Yellowfin Grouperswww

20 TL

4 (in aggregate)

Black Grouperwww

24 TL

Gagwww

24 TL****

Scampwww

16 TL

Speckled Hindwww

No Limit

1 per vessel***

Red Snapperwww See Common Finfish in Mississippi Waters

16 TL

2

Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany & Yellowtail Snapperswww

12 TL

10 (in aggregate)

Mutton Snapperwww

16 TL

Queen, blackfin, silk & wenchman Snapperswww

No Limit

Yellowmouth, yellowedge, misty & snowy groupers

No Limit

4 (in aggregate)**

Rock & red hind groupers

No Limit

4 (in aggregate)**

Greater Amberjackwww

34 FL

1

Lesser Amberjack & Banded Rudderfishwww

14 FL to 22 FL**

5 (in aggregate)

Hogfishwww

14 FL

5

Bigeye Tunawww

27 CFL

No Limit

Yellowfin Tunawww

27 CFL

3

Swordfish

47 lower jaw FL

1 per person/up to 4 per vessel

Blue Marlinwww

99 lower jaw FL

No Limit

White Marlinwww

66 lower jaw FL

No Limit

Sailfishwww

63 lower jaw FL

No Limit

Longbill Spearfishwww

No Take

No Take

Sharks (large coastals & pelagics)ww/www

37 TL

1 per person/up to 3 per vessel

Sharks (small coastals)ww/www

25 TL

4

Crabs – Hard Shells

5***

No Limit

Crabs – Soft Shell

No Limit

No Limit

Tarponwwww

75 FL

1 per vessel

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.

How to Measure a Fish

Total Length

Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.

Fork Length

Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail.

Illustration © 1992, Diane Rome Peebles