Though many people only think of one river when they hear Mississippi, the state is full of so many other waterways! Rivers are abundant throughout the state, running through it like veins. There are many lakes too, along with coastline against the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, there is no end to good fishing in Mississippi!
Bass fishing in Mississippi is fantastic – both for plentiful quantity and catching trophy fish. White bass are more commonly found in Lake Ferguson. Smallmouth are in their prime on the Mississippi River. For trophy sized hybrid bass try the Lower Sardis Lake is a choice location. Enid Lake is one of the most highly recommended Lakes in the state, and is an excellent spot for bass, catfish, panfish and others.
The state fish is the largemouth bass, and options for largemouth are widespread – Lake Okhissa, Pickwick Lake, Barnett Reservoir, and most oxbow lakes in Mississippi. Oxbow lakes are sections of the Mississippi River that became isolate after it altered its course, becoming curved lakes.
Catfish are some of Mississippi’s best fishing opportunities. Try Pickwick Lake and Lake Charlie Capps for channel catfish. Lake Tom Bailey was the site of an impressive channel catfish weighing over fifty-one pounds that broke the state record. Lake Washington is known for both catfish and crappie. Of course if you want, Catfish Lake is a fine option, too.
Mississippi has too many fish to list! The Magnolia state is loaded with all manner of aquatic creatures, ranging from paddlefish, sauger, walleye and more. Mississippi is also home to many types of gar, which can be found in the Mississippi River, Enid Reservoir, and Grenada Lake.
For monstrously large fish you need not head to the coast. An alligator gar caught from the Mississippi River weighed in at over two hundred pounds, and from nearby came the state record holding blue catfish at ninety-five pounds. An impressive thirty-nine pound striped bass was pulled from the Bowie River. Huge fish await in this state’s rivers!
This state’s diverse ecosystem includes coastline against the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi’s shores offer the chance to fish for amberjack, trout, drum, snapper, redfish, mackerel, bonito, and of course sharks. The Back Bay of Biloxi has some of the most productive of the Gulf’s waters. The Barrier Islands are popular homes for redfish and drum.
Some of Mississippi’s coastal fishing habitats are artificial reefs, which have been under development for centuries. In particular, speckled trout collect in the Mississippi Sound around artificial reefs. For speckled trout and redfish try one of the artificial reefs around Horn Island.
Anyone over sixteen needs to be licensed. Resident senior citizens do not need freshwater licensure, but they are required to purchase a low cost marine license for saltwater fishing. If you have a state driver’s license you can order your fishing license online. State licenses are necessary to be considered a resident (or tax returns). Social security numbers are also needed.
Licenses come in lifetime, annual, and three day freshwater and saltwater options. Non-residents can choose to buy one day licenses too. Members of the Armed Forces can elect a two week freshwater license. Mississippi has a free fishing weekend in June.
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