Best Fishing Spots in Mississippi

November 18th, 2021 by
Mississippi Fishing Spots

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No matter the season, there’s always great fishing in Mississippi. It’s a great family pastime, allowing parents to get some quality time with the kids while de-stressing from a week of hard work. Getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and natural settings is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. So, grab your pole, tackle box, and a container of fresh bait and check out these spots.

Before you cast your line, though, keep in mind that everyone from age 16 through 65 must purchase a Mississippi fishing license. Exemptions are available for those with disabilities. Depending on where you want to fish within the state, you will need to get either a freshwater or saltwater license. Licenses for both residents and non-residents of the state can be purchased online through the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website.

LeFleurs Bluff State Park

Conveniently located in Jackson, this urban park features several activities besides great fishing. On Mayes Lake, you can fish from the shore or take a boat into the lake’s interior. A boat launch area is provided, but keep in mind that they only permit electric motors. The lake is stocked with bass, bream, catfish, and crappie. Fishing licenses may be purchased in the park office.

In addition to fishing, the park offers a picnic area, playground, and disc golf course. A nine-hole golf course is onsite. It includes a driving range and rental equipment, including clubs, pull carts, and golf carts. After a day of fun, you can spend the night in one of the park’s primitive camping sites or enjoy the luxury of your RV in a site that provides water and electrical hookups.

Roosevelt State Park

At Roosevelt State Park, Shadow Lake is regularly re-stocked with bass, bream, catfish, and crappie. If you bring your boat, you can use their boat launch for a small fee and park your trailer in their paved parking lot. A convenient fishing pier is also available.

If you plan to stay at the park for a while, you and your family can also enjoy the playground, nature trails, disc golf, softball fields, tennis courts, and a 2,600-square-foot swimming pool with a splash pad for the little ones. This park is an especially great place to spend the night or plan an entire week’s vacation because it offers several options. These include primitive campsites, RV sites, cabins, a group camp facility, and even a comfortable motel. Roosevelt State Park is located at 2149 Highway 13 S. in Morton.

Lake Lincoln State Park

You can bring boats of all sizes to Lake Lincoln because there are 550 acres of water to explore. It’s also equipped with three fishing piers. The lake features an abundance of bass, bream, channel catfish, and white perch. Other ways to enjoy the water here include waterskiing and swimming along a 1.5-mile sandy beach.

Amenities include a playground, picnic areas, nature trails, and disc golf. You can plan your whole vacation around this state park, as it also features 71 campsites for RVs, a cabin, and three cottages. You’ll want to make a reservation in advance for this popular destination, and it’s easy to do so through Reserve America. The park address is 2573 Sunset Road NE.

Enid Lake

Recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Fishing Spots, Enid Lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was developed as a flood control solution for the Yazoo River. It’s the source of the world-record largest white crappie, which weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. This huge lake offers several boat ramps located in 10 separate locations. Common fish species found in this lake include crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and bream.

When you explore the Enid Lake area, you’ll find several other activities to keep yourself busy. These include swimming beaches, nature trails, and picnic areas. The National Recreation Reservation Service has ranked Enid’s Persimmon Hill Campground as one of the U.S. top family campgrounds. Find this park just 56 miles south of Memphis at 264 C.R. 39 in Enid.

Barnett Reservoir

Ross Barnett Reservoir is managed by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and is the primary source of water for the city of Jackson. It’s a popular water-recreation area for boating and waterskiing as well as fishing. The lake is regularly stocked, and common species include black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, and striped bass. Boaters can put in at one of the 22 boat launch ramps. A dam is located at one end of the lake, so be sure to follow restrictions about boating and fishing in that area.

This park also includes five campgrounds, nature trails, and a mountain bike trail. Some of the area campgrounds offer full hookups as well as amenities such as bathhouses, swimming pools, laundry facilities, tennis courts, and more. Goshen Springs Campground is considered the best one for those who want to fish since it offers piers, boat slips, and an area for weigh-ins. It also has a pavilion where fishing tournaments are held. The main office for the reservoir is located at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.

Natchez State Park

The largest bass ever caught in Mississippi, weighing in at just over 18 pounds, was caught at Natchez Lake in 1992. This popular freshwater fishing spot is stocked with Florida largemouth bass as well as catfish, crappie, and bream. In 2015, the park installed fish attractors at several spots on the shoreline, making these areas attractive for fishing as well.

While you’re there, you can take the kids to the playground, hike on a nature trail, play disc golf, and have a picnic. Several RV campsites are available, and there are also tent camping sites and lakeside cabins for rent. Since it’s only 10 miles away from Natchez, which is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, you might want to spend some time exploring the historic sites and museums. Natchez State Park is located at 230B Wickliff Road.

Whether you’ve got a couple of weeks to spend fishing or just an afternoon, in Mississippi you’re never too far away from a great fishing spot. Just make sure you hold a valid fishing license, follow all of the state’s rules and regulations, and stay safe on the water.

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