Lake Mary Crawford Closed for Renovation

MONTICELLO – Lake Mary Crawford, located near Monticello, is closed to the public.  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) drained the lake in preparation for planned renovations.  “Draining Lake Mary Crawford will allow us to make needed repairs to the water level control structure, fishing piers, and boat ramp,” said Jerry Brown, […] Read more

September Canada Goose Season Approaching

JACKSON – Mississippi hunters will get their first wing-shooting opportunity of the fall when the early Canada goose season opens September 1. The season is designed to help manage Mississippi’s population of resident Canada geese, which can become overpopulated and create nuisance issues in local areas. Hunters will once again enjoy a month-long hunting season, […] Read more

MDWFP Graduates Eleven New Conservation Officers

JACKSON – Eleven newly sworn Conservation Officers will be patrolling areas of assignment across Mississippi this summer. Wednesday, June 28, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held a graduation ceremony at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, honoring the 11 new Conservation Officers.  These officers will be assigned to counties stretching from North Mississippi […] Read more

First Confirmed Snakehead Fish Caught in Mississippi Lake

JACKSON –  A Northern Snakehead Fish was caught in Lake Whittington, an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River in Bolivar County, by bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman, of Cleveland, MS on June 5, 2017. They kept the fish, photographed it, and immediately contacted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). “Snakeheads […] Read more

Wolf Lake Closed to Recreational Boating and All Waters Flooded by Mississippi River Declared “No Wake” Zones

YAZOO CITY – As of last night, the Mississippi River reached forty-eight (48.1) feet on the Vicksburg, MS gauge AND eighty-seven (86.7) feet on the Steel Bayou Landside gauge.  Pursuant to the order of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, as authorized by the Commission earlier this month, effective immediately all areas within […] Read more

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants you to mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 3 -11, a national celebration of fishing and boating.  June 3 and 4 are designated as “Free Fishing Days” in Mississippi, and any person may sport fish without a license.  In […] Read more

Fishing Rule Changes for MDWFP Lakes Announced

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced fishing regulation changes on several MDWFP managed lakes.  At Lake Tom Bailey in Lauderdale County, the rule change removes the 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass and increases the daily creel limit to 10 largemouth bass per angler. The daily […] Read more

Groundbreaking Dinosaur Exhibit Opens at MDWFP’s Museum of Natural Science on May 20, 2017

JACKSON – The most complex and far-reaching exhibit of dinosaurs and their world ever created opens at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on May 20, 2017 and runs through December 30, 2017. “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” is a fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology […] Read more

Mississippi’s 2017-18 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

JACKSON  – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2017-2018 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. These dates are listed in the table below; and include hunting seasons for doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, rails, snipe, and woodcock. Legal hunting hours for […] Read more