Fishing in Mississippi

Recreational fishers in Mississippi are required to have a Mississippi State Saltwater Fishing License.

All fishing regulations within the seashore correspond to the state fishing regulations. The park boundaries extends one mile from shore around Petit Bois, Horn, and Ship Islands.

There is an excellent fishing pier near the visitor center in the Davis Bayou Area. Charter boat operators licensed with the National Park Service are authorized to take visitors out to the seashore waters to fish. Visitors who wish to fish at Ship Island can take the passenger ferry from Gulfport. To learn more visit our Getting Around page.

Commercial fishing, including commercial shrimping and commercial crabbing, is prohibited within seashore waters. Visit our Laws & Policies page to download a copy of the Superintendent's Compendium for a full listing regulations.


Spear Fishing

There are specific rules and regulations for spear fishing within national seashore waters. In all areas of the seashore the use of bow and/or arrow or spear guns, or Hawaiian slings is prohibited.

All spear fishing activity is prohibited in the following areas:

  • In all portions of the Davis Bayou Area.
  • Within the designated swim beaches at Ship Island.
  • Within 300 feet of the ferry pier.
For more information regarding spear fishing regulations, please consult the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

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