May 27, 2023

MDWFP: Get ready for National Fishing and Boating Week

Therese Apel

Photo: MDWFP
Photo: MDWFP

National Fishing and Boating Week is just around the corner, running from June 3 to 11. This nationwide celebration is an invitation for all fishing and boating enthusiasts to come together and enjoy the outdoors. In Mississippi, June 3 and 4 have been designated as “Free Fishing Days,” allowing all Mississippi residents to participate in sport fishing without a license. Also, fishing permits are not required for state fishing lakes and state park lakes during this time.

To kick off the festivities and mark the reopening of Simpson County Lake, we invite you to join us on June 3 for Youth Fishing Day. From 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., young anglers will have the opportunity to cast their lines and experience the joy of fishing in a fun-filled atmosphere. This event promises to create unforgettable memories for families and fishing enthusiasts alike.

Additionally, mark your calendars for July 4, another designated “Free Fishing Day” statewide. On this day, residents can enjoy fishing without a license on any public water. However, it’s important to note that fishing permits will be required for fishing at state fishing lakes or state park lakes specifically on July 4.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of National Fishing and Boating Week and appreciate the beauty of Mississippi’s waters. Whether you’re an experienced angler or looking to try fishing for the first time, this celebration offers a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors.

For more information regarding hunting or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at (601) 432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at 

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