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

The state recreational fishing season for Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) will close in Mississippi territorial waters on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. After the closure, no Red Snapper shall be landed or possessed in Mississippi state territorial waters. Anglers are encouraged to report on any expired Tails n’ Scales trips from the 2021 season as soon as possible so landings data may be finalized.

FEDERAL FOR-HIRE VESSELS ONLY

NOAA Fisheries has announced the Gulf federal Red Snapper for-hire season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Oct. 15, 2021, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Nov. 6, 2021. This season is independent from the Mississippi Red Snapper Season.

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
  • 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).

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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