Recreational Catch Limits

The information below supersedes the Guide to Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.

It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.

SPECIES Minimum Length in Inches Number of Fish Bag/Possession
Cobia 33 FL 2
Flounder 12 TL 10
Red Drum ♦ 18 TL to 30 TL** 3
Spotted Seatrout 15 TL 15
King Mackerel ♦♦♦ 24 FL 3
Spanish Mackerel ♦♦♦ No Limit 15
Tripletail 18 TL 3
Sheepshead 14 TL 15
Gray Triggerfish ♦♦♦ 15 TL 1
Vermilion Snapper ♦♦♦ 10 TL




20 in aggregate

Lane Snapper ♦♦♦ 8 TL
Almaco Jack ♦♦♦ No Limit
Goldface Tilefish ♦♦♦ No Limit
Anchor Tilefish ♦♦♦ No Limit
Tilefish ♦♦♦ No Limit
Blackline Tilefish ♦♦♦ No Limit
Blueline Tilefish ♦♦♦ No Limit
Goliath Grouper ♦♦♦ No Take No Take
Nassau Grouper ♦♦♦ No Take No Take
Warsaw Grouper ♦♦♦ No Limit 1 per vessel ***
Red & Yellowfin Groupers ♦♦♦ 20 TL 4 in aggregate
Black Grouper ♦♦♦ 24 TL
Gag Grouper ♦♦♦ 24 TL ****
Scamp ♦♦♦ 16 TL
Speckled Hind ♦♦♦ No Limit 1 per vessel ***
Red Snapper ♦♦♦ 16 TL 2
Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail Snappers ♦♦♦ 12 TL 10 in aggregate
Mutton Snapper ♦♦♦ 16 TL
Queen, Blackfin, Silk & Wenchman Snappers ♦♦♦ No Limit
Greater Amberjack ♦♦♦ 34 FL 1
Lesser Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish ♦♦♦ 14 FL to 22 FL ** 5 in aggregate
Hogfish ♦♦♦ 12 FL 5
Bigeye Tuna ♦♦♦ 27 CFL No Limit
Yellowfin Tuna ♦♦♦ 27 CFL 3
Blue Marlin ♦♦♦ 99 lower jaw FL No Limit
White Marlin ♦♦♦ 66 lower jaw FL No Limit
Sailfish ♦♦♦ 63 lower jaw FL No Limit
Longbill Spearfish ♦♦♦ No Take No Take
Sharks (Large Coastals and Pelagics) ♦♦/♦♦♦ 37 TL 1 per person/up to 3 per vessel
Sharks (Small Coastals) ♦♦/♦♦♦ 25 TL 4
Crabs - Hard Shells 5 ***** No Limit
Crabs - Soft Shell No Limit No Limit

*It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.

** Range represents minimum and maximum lengths.

*** Recreational fishermen may possess one (1) per vessel within four-fish aggregate.

**** Recreational fishermen may possess two (2) within four-fish aggregate.

***** As measured from the tip of one lateral spine across the back shell to the tip of the opposite lateral spine.

♦ Recreational fishermen may retain only one red drum over 30 inches.

♦♦ Possession of certain coastal sharks is prohibited.

♦♦♦ For openings and closings of federally regulated fish and updated size limits, visit

TL = Total Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.
FL = Fork Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail.
CFL = Curved Fork Length - Tip of the upper jaw to the fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

Federal regulations may differ from state regulations. Please refer to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for Federal Regulations: (888) 833-1844 |

NOTE:  Fishing seasons for some species may be closed by order of the Commission on Marine Resources.  Advance notice of such closures will be given. Species caught out of their natural habitat may have size, creel and seasonal limits.

The information on this page is an abstract of the rules and regulations in effect at the time of publishing.  Fishermen are responsible for obeying fishing rules in full. Complete laws are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.

For more information call the DMR at (228) 374-5000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .