RED SNAPPER
RECREATIONAL ANGLERS (PRIVATE AND STATE FOR-HIRE):

Red Snapper season for the state of Mississippi will reopen for private recreational anglers and state for-hire vessels seven days a week beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, and will close once the annual catch limit (ACL) is projected to be met.

In addition to Red Snapper season reopening, NOAA recently announced an emergency rule that will shift the 2022 recreational fishing season for Greater Amberjack. The adjusted season will begin September 1 and close October 31. The recreational season for Gray Triggerfish will remain consistent with previous years and is anticipated to reopen August 1.

FEDERAL FOR-HIRE VESSELS ONLY

NOAA Fisheries has announced the Gulf federal for-hire Red Snapper season will open at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2022. This season is independent from the Mississippi Red Snapper Season and applies only to federally permitted vessels.

REPORTING TO TAILS N’ SCALES

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

NEED HELP?

For additional assistance, contact us either at (228) 325-1585, or email at snapper@dmr.ms.gov.

RED SNAPPER SEASON FINALIZED RESULTS
YEAR QUOTA (lbs.) LANDINGS (lbs.) AVERAGE WEIGHT (lbs.) DAYS OPEN VESSEL TRIPS
2018
137,949
131,914
5.82
75
4,511
2019
151,584
150,279
5.54
78
5,423
2020
151,550
142,044
6.46
46
4,487
2021
151,550
143,043
6.63
119
4,968
2022
151,550
TBA
TBD
TBD
TBA
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).

UPDATE: The DESCEND Act was signed on January 13, 2021, by President Trump and became effective on January 13, 2022. It added a new section 321 to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which requires commercial and recreational fishermen to possess a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use when fishing for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico Exclusive Economic Zone (0 – 200 nautical miles). The DESCEND Act defines both venting tools and descending devices. For definitions on qualifying devices and more information, please click the links:

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.

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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