Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at Jeff Davis Lake

Published 11:47 am Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks  invites you to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, running from June 1 to 9. This nationwide celebration is an invitation for all fishing and boating enthusiasts to come together and enjoy the outdoors. In Mississippi, June 1 and 2 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 on those two days.

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 of Mississippi’s public waters. However, it is important to note that fishing permits will be required at state fishing lakes and state park lakes specifically on July 4.

There is a weekly bass fishing tournament held every Monday at Jeff Davis Lake. The tournament is held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The cost $10 per person to enter the tournament and $5 for big fish per boat.  Payout places depend on the number of individuals fishing, but two places will always be paid. Only two people per boat are allowed, no exceptions. Those fishing must use artificial bait.  Individuals are responsible for lake fees to be placed in honor box.  All lake slots and limits apply. For weekly information and photos of winners, join the Jeff Davis Lake Bass Tournament page on Facebook. For any other questions, call tournament director Frank Riley at 601-955-6128.

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The MDWFP encourages everyone to take advantage of National Fishing and Boating Week and appreciate the beauty of Mississippi’s waters. Whether you are 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 www.mdwfp.com or call 601-432-2400.