RED SNAPPER

UPDATE: In February 2020, Amendment 50 was approved by both the Secretary of Commerce and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. This Amendment allows for the five Gulf states to individually manage their red snapper season. For more information, please click the link: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/06/2020-01653/fisheries-of-the-carribean-gulf-of-mexico-and-south-atlantic-reef-fishery-of-the-gulf-of-mexico.

RECREATIONAL ANGLERS (PRIVATE AND FOR-HIRE):

Mississippi’s Red Snapper season will open for private recreational anglers and state for-hire vessels on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Mississippi’s recreational Red Snapper season opening Friday

Size and Bag Limit: 16-inch minimum total length; 2 fish per person, per day

ALL ANGLERS:

A valid Mississippi saltwater fishing license is required when in possession of any saltwater fish species in Mississippi waters.

 

Tails n’ Scales electronic reporting system must be used to report Red Snapper that are landed in Mississippi, regardless of the harvested area (federal waters, Mississippi state waters, adjacent states’ waters, etc.)

 

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources requires one report per trip, per vessel.

 

During each season, a trip authorization number must be obtained by a representative of each vessel prior to recreationally fishing for Red Snapper. Trip authorization numbers are valid for 24 hours and must be closed out each time before a new trip number will be issued.

 

Anglers will not be allowed to create trips after the season has closed; however they may still provide all information to close trips.

REPORTING TO TAILS N’ SCALES

Choose one method. Preferred method is through the iPhone or Android App.

NEED HELP?

Contact us either at (228) 325-1585, or email at snapper@dmr.ms.gov.

RED SNAPPER SEASON FINALIZED RESULTS
  • Total Harvest: 150,279 pounds
  • Number Fish Harvested: 27,125
  • Average Weight: 5.54 pounds
  • Average Length: 21.32 Inches
  • Trips: 5,423
  • Effort: 3.80 Anglers/Vessel/Trip
  • Harvest: 1.32 Fish/Angler/Trip
  • Total Harvest: 131,914 pounds
  • Number Fish Harvested: 22,126
  • Average Weight: 5.82 pounds
  • Average Length: 21.37 Inches
  • Trips: 4,511
  • Effort: 3.74 Anglers/Vessel/Trip
  • Harvest: 1.31 Fish/Angler/Trip
  • Total Harvest: 154,100 pounds
  • Number Fish Harvested: 27,189
  • Average Weight: 6.08 pounds
  • Average Length: 21.91 Inches
  • Trips: 4,185
  • Effort: 4.36 Anglers/Vessel/Trip
  • Harvest: 1.48 Fish/Angler/Trip 
RED SNAPPER REGULATIONS INFORMATION

Federal law requires NON-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural baits while fishing for all reef species (snappers, trigger fish, groupers and amber jacks).

9 NAUTICAL MILE LINE FOR REEF FISH ONLY

Coordinates as Decimal Degrees

  • 1 - 30.165829; -89.096476
  • 2 - 30.098368; -88.855923
  • 3 - 30.082368; -88.827431
  • 4 - 30.092052; -88.811151
  • 5 - 30.082674; -88.766882
  • 6 - 30.082234; -88.727841
  • 7 - 30.074111; -88.690866
  • 8 - 30.071875; -88.655975
  • 9 - 30.065641; -88.616666
  • 10 - 30.064311; -88.605000
  • 11 - 30.064649; -88.564103
  • 12 - 30.055865; -88.540000
  • 13 - 30.048622; -88.509499
  • 14 - 30.040815; -88.456771
  • 15 - 30.050340; -88.379419
  • 16 - 30.158541; -88.384432

Coordinates as Degrees Minutes Seconds

  • 1 - 30° 9' 56.9838"; -89° 5' 47.313"
  • 2 - 30° 5' 54.1248"; -88° 51' 21.3228"
  • 3 - 30° 4' 56.5278"; -88° 49' 38.7552"
  • 4 - 30° 5' 31.3902"; -88° 48' 40.143"
  • 5 - 30° 4' 57.6264"; -88° 46' 0.7746"
  • 6 - 30° 4' 56.046"; -88° 43' 40.2306"
  • 7 - 30° 4' 26.799"; -88° 41' 27.1206"
  • 8 - 30° 4' 18.7494"; -88° 39' 21.5094"
  • 9 - 30° 3' 56.3112"; -88° 37' 0.0012"
  • 10 - 30° 3' 51.5232"; -88° 36' 18"
  • 11 - 30° 3' 52.74"; -88° 33' 50.7708"
  • 12 - 30° 3' 21.1176"; -88° 32' 24"
  • 13 - 30° 2' 55.0422"; -88° 30' 34.2"
  • 14 - 30° 2' 26.937"; -88° 27' 24.3756"
  • 16 - 30° 9' 30.7512"; -88° 23' 3.9588"
  • 16 - 30.158541; -88.384432

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