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 West 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.