The information below supersedes the Guide to Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.

It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.

SPECIESMinimum Length in InchesNumber of Fish Bag/Possession
Cobia36 FL2
Flounder12 TL10
Red Drum ♦18 TL to 30 TL**3
Spotted Seatrout15 TL15
King Mackerel ♦♦♦24 FL3
Spanish Mackerel ♦♦♦12 FL15
Tripletail18 TL3
Sheepshead14 TL15
Gray Triggerfish ♦♦♦15 FL1 in aggregate
Vermilion Snapper ♦♦♦10 TL

20 in aggregate

Lane Snapper ♦♦♦8 TL
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 TakeNo Take
Nassau Grouper ♦♦♦No TakeNo Take
Warsaw Grouper ♦♦♦No Limit1 per vessel ***
Red & Yellowfin Groupers ♦♦♦20 TL4 in aggregate
Black Grouper ♦♦♦24 TL
Gag Grouper ♦♦♦24 TL ****
Scamp ♦♦♦16 TL
Speckled Hind ♦♦♦No Limit1 per vessel ***
Red Snapper ♦♦♦16 TL2
Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail Snappers ♦♦♦12 TL5 in aggregate
Mutton Snapper ♦♦♦18 TL
Queen, Blackfin, Silk & Wenchman Snappers ♦♦♦No Limit
Greater Amberjack ♦♦♦34 FL1
Lesser Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish ♦♦♦14 FL to 22 FL **5 in aggregate
Hogfish ♦♦♦14 FL5
Bigeye Tuna ♦♦♦27 CFLNo Limit
Yellowfin Tuna ♦♦♦27 CFL3
Blue Marlin ♦♦♦99 lower jaw FLNo Limit
White Marlin ♦♦♦66 lower jaw FLNo Limit
Sailfish ♦♦♦63 lower jaw FLNo Limit
Longbill Spearfish ♦♦♦No TakeNo Take
Swordfish 47 lower jaw FL1 per person/4 per vessel
Sharks (Large Coastals and Pelagics) ♦♦/♦♦♦37 TL1 per person/up to 3 per vessel
Sharks (Small Coastals) ♦♦/♦♦♦25 TL4
Crabs – Hard Shells*****No Limit
Crabs – Soft ShellNo LimitNo Limit

*It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.

** Range represents minimum and maximum lengths.

*** Recreational fishermen may possess one (1) per vessel within four-fish aggregate.

**** Recreational fishermen may possess two (2) within four-fish aggregate.

***** As measured from the tip of one lateral spine across the back shell to the tip of the opposite lateral spine.

♦ 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

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 |

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.

For more information call the DMR at (228) 374-5000 or email.