The Guide to Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations supersedes information listed below.
It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.
|SPECIES||Minimum Length in Inches||Number of Fish Bag/Possession|
|Red Drum ♦||18 TL to 30 TL**||3|
|Spotted Seatrout||15 TL||15|
|King Mackerel ♦♦♦||24 FL||2|
|Spanish Mackerel ♦♦♦||No Limit||15|
|Vermilion Snapper ♦♦♦||10 TL||
20 in aggregate
|Lane Snapper ♦♦♦||8 TL|
|Gray Triggerfish ♦♦♦||14 FL|
|Almaco Jack ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Goldface Tilefish ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Anchor Tilefish ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Tilefish ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Blackline Tilefish ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Blueline Tilefish ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Goliath Grouper ♦♦♦||No Take||No Take|
|Nassau Grouper ♦♦♦||No Take||No Take|
|Warsaw Grouper ♦♦♦||No Limit||
1 per vessel ***
4 in aggregate
1 per vessel ***
|Red & Yellowfin Groupers ♦♦♦||20 TL|
|Black Grouper ♦♦♦||24 TL|
|Gag Grouper ♦♦♦||24 TL ****|
|Scamp ♦♦♦||16 TL|
|Speckled Hind ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Red Snapper ♦♦♦||16 TL||2|
|Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail Snappers ♦♦♦||12 TL||10 in aggregate|
|Mutton Snapper ♦♦♦||16 TL|
|Queen, Blackfin, Silk & Wenchman Snappers ♦♦♦||No Limit|
|Greater Amberjack ♦♦♦||34 FL||1|
|Lesser Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish ♦♦♦||14 FL to 22 FL **||5 in aggregate|
|Hogfish ♦♦♦||12 FL||5|
|Bigeye Tuna ♦♦♦||27 CFL||No Limit|
|Yellowfin Tuna ♦♦♦||27 CFL||3|
|Blue Marlin ♦♦♦||99 lower jaw FL||No Limit|
|White Marlin ♦♦♦||66 lower jaw FL||No Limit|
|Sailfish ♦♦♦||63 lower jaw FL||No Limit|
|Longbill Spearfish ♦♦♦||No Take||No Take|
|Sharks (Large Coastals and Pelagics) ♦♦/♦♦♦||37 TL||1 per person/up to 3 per vessel|
|Sharks (Small Coastals) ♦♦/♦♦♦||25 TL||4|
|Crabs - Hard Shells||5 ***||No Limit|
|Crabs - Soft Shell||No Limit||No Limit|
*It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.
** Range represents minimum and maximum lengths as measured from the tip of one lateral spine across the back shell to the tip of the opposite lateral spine.
*** Recreational fishermen may possess one (1) per vessel within four-fish aggregate.
**** Recreational fishermen may possess two (2) within four-fish aggregate.
♦ Recreational fishermen may retain only one red drum over 30 inches.
♦♦ Possession of certain coastal sharks is prohibited.
♦♦♦ For openings and closings of federally regulated fish and updated size limits, visit gulfcouncil.org.
TL = Total Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.
FL = Fork Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail.
CFL = Curved Fork Length - Tip of the upper jaw to the fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.
Federal regulations may differ from state regulations. Please refer to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for Federal Regulations: (888) 833-1844 | gulfcouncil.org.
NOTE: Fishing seasons for some species may be closed by order of the Commission on Marine Resources. Advance notice of such closures will be given. Species caught out of their natural habitat may have size, creel and seasonal limits.
The information on this page is an abstract of the rules and regulations in effect at the time of publishing. Fishermen are responsible for obeying fishing rules in full. Complete laws are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.
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