Fishing in Mississippi

Fishing is a great pastime for all ages. Whether you enjoy a casual day on the lake or you’re looking for fierce competition, Mississippi delivers. The state is home to freshwater lakes and rivers that are great for any angler. There are also plenty of options for those seeking a deep-sea fishing experience on the Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of what you’re looking for, Mississippi has it all. For more information on fishing licenses, rules and regulations, and sport fishing in Mississippi, contact Visit Mississippi.

Freshwater Lakes

The mild climate in Mississippi means the state’s waterways are ripe for fishing year-round. With 119 public lakes open and ready for action, you never have to go far to enjoy a great day of fishing. Sit on the bank of a lake to cast your line or enjoy fly fishing in one of our many rivers. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a scale-tipping crappie, which can be found in Mississippi waters. In fact, the World’s Largest Crappie Fest is held annually in Water Valley to honor the reigning world record catch, which weighed in at a whopping 5 lbs. 3 oz.!

Here are some of the most popular places to fish in Mississippi:

Saltwater Fishing

There are also plenty of opportunities to go fishing on the Gulf Coast, where you can catch any number of saltwater fish and enjoy options ranging from night fishing on the shore to a deep-sea, multi-day charter. Chartered fishing trips take all the planning and equipment maintenance out of your hands, so all you need to worry about is having a good time. For information on saltwater fishing and charter services, visit our Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Charter a Boat for a Day-Long Fishing Excursion

While there are a few rules and regulations in place to protect the natural features that we all enjoy, you can give yourself peace of mind by enlisting a charter or reserving a spot on a larger fishing boat to ensure you’re not operating outside of state law. Chartered fishing trips take all the planning and equipment maintenance out of your hands, so all you need to worry about is having a good time.. With companies offering freshwater and saltwater charters, there are plenty of options. Here are some of Mississippi’s best-known charter companies:

  • Grenada Lake Crappie Fishing Guide
  • J H Guide Service
  • Biloxi Cruise Company – Charter Booking

Sport Fishing Opportunities in Mississippi

We recognize the fierce competition of sport fishing, which is why there are several areas in Mississippi that support and encourage the pastime. As with any other state, Mississippi has its own set of sport fishing rules and regulations, so be sure to familiarize yourself with them before visiting. Once you know your equipment satisfies the rules and regulations, you’ll have access to some of the most memorable fishing locations in America. Sport fishing in the Gulf is incredible, so here are a few charter companies that can take you to deep-sea hotspots teeming with fish:

  • Biloxi Sport Fishing
  • Impulsive Charters, LLC
  • Southern Sports Fishing – Chandeleur Islands

For More Fishing Hotspots and Tips, Contact Visit Mississippi

From intense sport fishing to a relaxing day on the lake, Mississippi’s fishing spots accommodate any skill level, ensuring a great time is had by all. For more information on charter companies, rules and regulations, and sport fishing in Mississippi, contact Visit Mississippi.

Circle M Plantation



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Grenada Lake Charters

Grenada, MS   FEATURED


At Grenada Lake Charters, we offer the finest trophy crappie fishing in the world. Grenada Lake is known for their “three pound crappie”. Service is our specialty. We make sure your vacation to Grenada, Mississippi, is one that will last […]

Barton Outfitters



Crappie fishing trips take place on the four North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs: Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake, Enid Lake, and Arkabutla Lake. All trips begin either at daylight or six hours prior to sunset and run 5-6 hours. Depending on […]


Grenada Lake Crappie Guides specializes in trophy crappie fishing.  Grenada is nestled in the heart of Mississippi and produces some of the LARGEST crappie in the state. We offer several different packages to fit your needs.  Our job is to […]


Hi, my name is Brad Chappell. I am the owner of Brad Chappell Guide Service where I specialize in catching crappie on the beautiful Lake Washington in Greenville and Ross Barnett near Ridgeland, Mississippi. Teaching others how to catch big […]

Roger Stegall is an accomplished fisherman in every aspect of the word. He has over 30 years of guiding and tournament experience on the FLW and B.A.S.S. trails. Any day on the water with Roger is enjoyable. He puts every […]


Guiding for crappie on the world renowned north Mississippi reservoirs. Don’t miss out on the Mississippi slab action! […]


Good Times Guide Service is a crappie guiding service for the big four reservoirs in North Mississippi: Sardis, Enid, Grenada, and Arkabutla. I supply all bait and tackle, lunch, and clean and package fish. […]


Reel Deal Crappie Guide Services offers fisherman a chance to experience catching a fish of a lifetime on one of America’s top destinations for trophy crappie. Owner – Jeremy Aldridge and the guides at RDCGS have decades of experience chasing […]

J H Guide Service

Calhoun City, MS


John Harrison of JH Guide Service has been crappie fishing on Grenada Lake for over 40 years. He is a 3 time Magnolia Crappie Club State Champion and a member of B’n’M Poles, War Eagle Boats, Mid-South Tackle, Gamma Fishing […]

Blue Lake Recreation Area

Calhoun City, MS


This is a free day-use site that includes areas for picnicking, including grills and picnic tables, fishing, a boat launch for small boats, and a 1-mile educational nature trail. A chemical toilet (SST) is also located at this site. Campsites […]