Planning Your Mississippi Fishing Trip

From hunting to hiking, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in the beautiful state of Mississippi. Of course, Mississippi’s abundance of freshwater lakes and its location on the Gulf of Mexico make it an ideal destination for anglers. Get inside tips from Visit Mississippi on the best Mississippi fishing spots, license information, and other trip-planning advice.

Freshwater Fishing

Did you know that Mississippi has over 100 public lakes? Wherever your vacation in the Magnolia State takes you, you can expect to find excellent fishing. Some premier freshwater spots for fishing in Mississippi include:

  • Barnett Reservoir: This 33,000-acre reservoir of the Pearl River is located in central Mississippi. The Barnett Reservoir, known to locals as The Rez, is a popular spot for crappie, catfish, and both largemouth and spotted bass.
  • Grenada Lake: This reservoir of the Yalobusha River has year-round mild temperatures, making it a well-known spot for crappie fishing. For help catching giant trophy crappie, visitors can book a full-day fishing expedition through Grenada Lake Crappie Fishing Guides.
  • Calling Panther Lake: Located in the southwest corner of Mississippi, Calling Panther Lake is only an hour away from Jackson. A 512-acre lake, Calling Panther Lake is a peaceful and serene spot for bass fishing.
  • Neshoba County State Lake: This lake is small at just 138 acres, but don’t let that fool you. Neshoba County State Lake is known for its trophy-sized largemouth bass.
  • Enid Lake: This lake holds a world record for white crappie, weighing in at five pounds, three ounces. Plus, it has some of the best camping facilities in the region, as well as hiking and horseback riding trails.
  • Lake Washington: Located in Washington County, this lake is a popular choice for both crappie and catfish fishing.

While great freshwater fishing is available in Mississippi year-round, there are catch limits on certain species of fish.

Mississippi Gulf Fishing

When you make a trip to Mississippi, you’ll also find fantastic saltwater fishing opportunities in our coastal areas. Mississippi’s Gulf Coast boasts 200 species of fish, and visitors can take part in wade fishing, angling off a pier, or deep-sea fishing. If you’re planning a weekend of saltwater fishing, choose one of these locations as your base:

  • Bay St. Louis: The county seat of Hancock County, Bay St. Louis is an ideal spot for speckled trout fishing during the summer months. Plus, you’ll enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and plenty of options for fishing charters.
  • Biloxi: Once known as the Seafood Capital of the World, this city features the Biloxi Marsh, a diverse fishing spot where you can catch black drum, redfish, sheepshead, tripletail, and mackerel.
  • Gulfport: The largest city on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Gulfport hosts the Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, where visitors come from all over to fish for tuna, flounder, and more.

The mild waters and diverse ecosystem of the Gulf allow visitors to fish year-round. And with dozens of charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, you’re sure to find the perfect expedition for your interests.

License Information

If you are visiting from out of state, you’ll need to get a temporary fishing license. All non-residents are required to obtain a license to fish in Mississippi’s fresh and marine waters, except for minors under the age of 16. A temporary fishing license in Mississippi for both freshwater and saltwater fishing can be purchased online through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. One-day and three-day licenses are available. Some fishing charters will handle licensing for their guests – be sure to inquire when booking a charter.

Mississippi residents have access to discounted rates on licenses and can purchase combination licenses for both game hunting and freshwater fishing. State residents who can prove residency for a minimum of 18 months may apply for a lifetime sportsman’s license.

Find the Perfect Fishing Spot with Visit Mississippi

If you’re ready to plan your next fishing trip, the team at Visit Mississippi is here to help. Whether you’re an avid angler or just looking to enjoy a leisurely weekend getaway, our trip planner tool helps your map out your vacation and keeps all your travel plans in one convenient place. For more information on Mississippi fishing spots, lodging in Mississippi, and other area attractions, contact us today. Let us help you plan your next trip to Mississippi.