Recreational red snapper season opens May 27

Mississippi’s Red Snapper season will open for recreational anglers and charter boats on May 27,  with an anticipated mid-season closure date of July 4.

As with previous years, a mid-season closure will allow for Mississippi Department of Marine Resources staff to compile landings information and examine the potential for a season extension.

The season will be open seven days a week in state and federal waters. The season will close if the annual catch target for recreational fishermen is projected to be reached at any point after the season opens or if the Gulf-wide quota is reached.

Private fishermen can go out to 200 nautical miles. Charter boats can fish in state territorial waters, which is nine nautical miles south of the barrier islands.

One angler per vessel, per trip is required to report through the DMR Tails n’ Scales system. As a reminder, Marine Patrol officers encountering anglers fishing for or possessing Red Snapper without a trip authorization number will result in fish confiscation and fines.

Anglers may register their account through a smartphone app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or online at

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