Mississippi Fishing License Fees: Your Ultimate Guide

Mississippi Fishing License Fees: Your Ultimate Guide

Fishing is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by many in the state of Mississippi. Whether you are a resident or a non-resident, if you plan on fishing in the fresh or marine waters of Mississippi, you will need to obtain a fishing license. This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on the Mississippi fishing license fees, exemptions, and the requirements for obtaining a freshwater guide license.

Resident Licenses And Fees

Residents of Mississippi, aged sixteen (16) through sixty-four (64), are required to purchase a fishing license to fish in the fresh or marine waters of the state, including lakes and reservoirs, but excluding privately owned ponds and streams. A saltwater license is required south of U.S. Highway 90, and a freshwater or saltwater license is valid between I-10 and U.S. Highway 90. The saltwater license is not valid north of I-10.

Here are the fees for resident licenses:

  • Sportsman’s License (Does not include saltwater fishing): $45.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • All Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing (Does not include Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow): $25.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Small Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing: $10.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • 3-Day Freshwater Fishing: $3.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Freshwater Guide License – Application: $500.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Freshwater Guide Boat License: $25.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Saltwater Fishing: $10.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Senior Lifetime Saltwater License (age 65 and over): $5.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee

Insider Tip: For the best value, consider the Sportsman’s License which covers hunting and freshwater fishing for the entire year at a discounted rate.

Non-Resident Licenses And Fees

All non-resident anglers, except minors under the age of sixteen (16), are required to obtain a fishing license while fishing in the fresh or marine waters of Mississippi.

Here are the fees for non-resident licenses:

  • Armed Forces 14-Day Hunting/Fishing (Must apply through MDWFP – Application. Includes Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow. Does not include Saltwater Fishing): $32.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • Freshwater Fishing: $68.00 + $3.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • 3-Day Freshwater Fishing: $30.00 + $2.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • 1-Day Freshwater Fishing: $10.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • Freshwater Guide License – Application: $2,000.00 + $3.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • Freshwater Guide Boat License: $25.00 + $1.00 agent fee + $1.29 process fee
  • Saltwater Fishing: $30.00 + $3.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • LA Saltwater Fishing: $60.00 + $3.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee
  • 3-Day Saltwater Fishing: $15.00 + $2.00 agent fee + $4.25 process fee

Note: Louisiana residents must purchase both the Freshwater Fishing and LA Saltwater Fishing License to fish in the marine waters of Mississippi. A valid Saltwater fishing license must be purchased to fish for Red Snapper in Mississippi waters. In addition, a valid Tails n’ Scales trip authorization number must be obtained by at least one angler on the fishing vessel.

Exemptions

Residents who are visually impaired, paraplegic, a multiple-amputee, adjudged totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, or totally service-connected disabled by the Veterans Administration are not required to purchase a hunting or fishing license. However, residents exempt based on this criteria are required to have proof of their age, residency, disability status, or other physical impairment in their possession while engaged in hunting and fishing activities. All exempt licenses previously issued for disabilities are null and void.

Proof Of Residency

Only persons domiciled within the state of Mississippi, as defined in SECTION 49-7-3 of the MISSISSIPPI CODE, as amended, are entitled to obtain a resident hunting/fishing license. Under this section, a person’s domicile is that person’s principal or primary home or place of abode. However, a person holding a current driver’s license is deemed to be domiciled within the state that issued the driver’s license. Even if a person currently resides within the state of Mississippi, for purposes of obtaining a hunting license, he/she is considered to be domiciled in the state which issued the driver’s license.

Mississippi Freshwater Guide License

Effective July 1, 2023, a valid freshwater guide license will be required for any person that provides freshwater fishing guide services on any public waters in the state (north of I-10). Residents must show proof of residency and have a valid MS Sportsman’s License, unless exempt by state law. Non-residents must have a valid MS annual non-resident fishing license. Proof of CPR and First Aid training from an American Red Cross or American Heart Association-certified trainer or course, certification of boater education course, and a USCG Captain’s License may be substituted for CPR, First Aid, and Boater Education.

In addition, a valid freshwater guide boat license and decal shall be required for each boat used for freshwater guide services. The price of the boat license shall be $25. Proof of the following must be provided with a completed license application:

  • Each boat must be registered with MDWFP as a freshwater guide boat.
  • Valid boat registration and driver’s license.
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage (minimum of $100,000).

Both the freshwater guide license and freshwater boat license will be valid one year from the date of purchase. Boat decals shall be attached to both sides of the hull, specifically toward the bow.

The license can be acquired in person from MDWFP Headquarters in Jackson, any MDWFP Regional Office, or by mailing the application to MDWFP, Attention: Guide License, 1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211. The Freshwater Guide License application is available here.

Pro Tip: Ensure you have all the required documentation ready before applying for the Freshwater Guide License to avoid delays in processing your application.

Conclusion

Obtaining a fishing license in Mississippi is a straightforward process, but it is important to know the fees, exemptions, and requirements before you start. Whether you are a resident or a non-resident, this comprehensive guide provides all the information you need to obtain a fishing license and enjoy fishing in the beautiful waters of Mississippi.

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