Recreational fishing season for Red Snapper to open July 29

19-43-CWS | July 25, 2019

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) announced today that the private recreational fishing season for Red Snapper will reopen in Mississippi territorial waters on July 29, 2019, at 12:01 a.m.

When fishing for Red Snapper, anglers may fish out to 200 nautical miles. The recreational Red Snapper season will close if the assigned quota for recreational fishermen is reached at any point after the season opens. It will also close if the Gulf- wide quota is reached.

All anglers are required to register their Red Snapper fishing trips through MDMR’s Tails n’ Scales program, which is available through a smartphone app, a website and a call center. Anglers must have a trip number when they are out on the water and close out that trip before creating a new one. If you have any questions or issues with the app, call 228-234-9109 or 228-697-5762.

Updates have been made to the Tails n’ Scales iOS and Android apps and the web portal using angler feedback provided to Tails n’ Scales administrators. Anyone using the app must download the most recent version if automatic updates are not already set to download.

In an effort to better estimate the harvest level of Greater Amberjack landed in Mississippi, please indicate the number of Greater Amberjack harvested in the Tails n’ Scales reporting system if you harvest them while on a Red Snapper trip. The additional Greater Amberjack reporting is voluntary.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at