In the great state of Mississippi, as in any other American county, you need a fishing license for any such activity you may want to engage in. According to the official website of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, you are exempt from getting a license if you are above the age of sixty-four and under the age of sixteen.
All residents that do not purchase a permit have to provide identification according to which they can attest they are allowed to do so. It’s also worth noting that even non-residents under the age of 16 are allowed to engage in some sort of angling or the next without needing a valid license. As long as they provide proof, veterans and disabled persons can also fish without a permit.
In this region, game fish can be taken by hook and line or with several hooks. You are also allowed to utilize artificial lures, set hooks, jugs, throwlines, trot-lines, as well as yo-yos. However, there is a limit as to how many hooks you can carry and that is 100.
As is the case in other states, it is illegal to sell or exchange game fish that was taken from Mississippi waters. The same rule applies in the case of restaurants and any other eating establishments for the public. Nonetheless, this does not mean that, should you catch game fish and want to consume it at a restaurant, you wouldn’t be able to do so.
The prices of fishing licenses vary largely depending on whether you live in Mississippi or not. At the time that this article was written, the permit cost thirty dollars for residents and a whopping two hundred for those who do not reside in the area.
The money you are going to spend on the license also differs in accordance to the species you are targeting. For example, if you only want to catch shrimp recreationally and you have a boat that’s under 30’, you have to pay about sixty dollars. For commercial crab trawl, the permit costs seventy-five while targeting oyster recreationally can cost just ten dollars.
If you want to get your hands on some sharks, you need to know that you are not allowed to possess more than one pelagic and large coastal species or a maximum of three coastal and pelagic species if you per fishing boat. Finning is illegal and you are risking a fine or even jail time if you decide to return the remainder of the shark to the sea after having removed its fins.
If you want to catch crab while you are in the state, you can use traps, handlines, a drop net, a dip net, or trawls. If you intend to use any other methods aside from traps, you do not need a fishing license. However, you are not allowed to have any sponge crabs on you regardless of the time of year.
Some of the protected species you cannot fish in this region range from marine mammals to the West Indian manatee. Atlantic sturgeon, as well as any marine birds and sawfish cannot be targeted at any time.
To make it slightly easier for you to become accustomed to the angling rules that apply in the state of Mississippi, we suggest checking out the rules and regulations book available for 2013 and 2014. While it is dated, it does contain a collection of useful pieces of info you may want to be aware of so as to avoid breaking the law.