Community Fishing Program Guidelines

Enrollment and Regulations for City or County Water Bodies

For municipalities interested in incorporating local water bodies into the Community Fishing Assistance Program, a dedicated line is available for inquiries and registration: call (601) 432-2207. This program aims to enhance recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability and environmental integrity of public waters.

Fishing Gear Restrictions

In designated public waters open to fishing, participants are limited to using either rod and reel or line and pole gear. This restriction ensures that fishing activities are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner, minimizing harm to aquatic ecosystems. Individuals holding a valid fishing license, as well as those exempt from licensing requirements, are permitted to fish in these areas, adhering to the specified gear restrictions.

Definition of Handicapped Persons

The program adopts an inclusive definition of "Handicapped persons," encompassing individuals with paraplegia, hemiplegia, those permanently wheelchair-bound, individuals reliant on braces, full prostheses, or crutches for mobility, and those with visual impairments. This definition guides the provision of accessible fishing opportunities and accommodations within the program.

Prohibited Activities

To preserve the quality and safety of public waters, several activities are strictly prohibited, including boating, swimming, littering, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Exceptions are noted in specific areas where such activities are governed by city or county ordinances, which may also introduce additional regulations to ensure the well-being of community waters and their users.

Special Events and Lake Closures

The Community Fishing Assistance Program reserves the right to close lakes to public use or modify use regulations temporarily for special events. These changes are made to accommodate community activities, environmental protection efforts, or enhancements to the fishing program, ensuring a balanced approach to public use and conservation.

 Location

 Size

 Species

Daily Limit

 Rules

Amory, Monroe County

McAlpine Lake

2.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

1

10

2

See A Below

Brookhaven, Lincoln County

Brookhaven Fishing Pond

1 acre

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

0

10

5

See B Below

Byram, Hinds County

Lake Dockery

43.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

25

5

See C Below

Carthage, Leake County

McMillian Park Pond

1.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

All other Species Combined

2

8

Open Each Day

Clarksdale, Coahoma County

Coahoma County Lake

3.2 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

2

20

5

See D Below

Cleveland, Bolivar County

Bear Pen Park Lake

3 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

0

15

5

See E Below

Eupora, Webster County

White’s Creek Lake

280 acres

Largemouth Bass. Release bass 15 inches and under

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Crappie. Release all crappie 10 inches and under

Catfish

5

25
15

10

See F Below

Greenwood, LeFlore County

Florewood River Plantation Lake

5 acres

Largemouth Bass
bream
Catfish

2
10
5

See G Below

Hattiesburg, Forrest County

Duncan Lake

16.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

10

5

See H Below

Hattiesburg, Forrest County

Forrest County Lake

10.1 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

20

5

See I Below

Hernando, Desoto County

Lee’s Summit Park Lake

1.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Crappie

0

100

30

See J Below

Olive Branch, Desoto County

Olive Branch City Park

Main, Middle, & Amphitheater Ponds

8 acres

Total

Largemouth Bass. Release bass 15 inches & under

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Crappie

Catfish

2

10

5

5

Open Each Day

Oxford, Lafayette County

Lake Patsy

7.6 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

0

10

5

See K Below

Pascagoula, Jackson County

Chateau Lake

4.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

10

5

Open Each Day

Pascagoula, Jackson County

Whitehead Lake

13 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

10

5

Open Each Day

Poplarville, Pearl River County

Poplar Springs Lake

5.2 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

2

20

5

See L Below

Tupelo, Lee County

Ballard Lake

3 acres

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill, Redear, all bream

Catfish

5

25

5

See M Below

Walnut Grove, Leake County

Willow Lake

2.5 acres

Largemouth Bass

All other species combined

0

8

See N Below

RULES FOR COMMUNITY FISHING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WATERS – 40 MS ADMIN. CODE PART 3 RULE 2.2

A. McAlpine Lake is open for fishing to persons 15 years old and younger on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. One pole per youth.

B. Brookhaven Fishing Pond will only be open for fishing to persons 14 years old and younger or handicapped persons of any age, as defined in this Rule.

C. Lake Dockery is open to fishing each day from 30 minutes before dawn until 30 minutes before sunset. No swimming, alcohol, glass containers, overnight camping, outboard gasoline engine use or ATVs, tobacco products, unleashed pets, or firearms allowed. Contained fires only.

D. Coahoma County Lake is open to fishing each day from sunrise to sunset.

E. Bear Pen Park Lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

F. White Creek’s Lake is open daily from sunrise to 9 p.m. No campfires, firearms, explosives, or jug fishing allowed. Boating allowed. Launching fee may apply. See rules posted at lake.

G. Florewood River Plantation Lake is open to fishing on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

H. Duncan Lake is open to fishing each day from sunrise to sunset. Pets must be on a leash.

I. Forrest County Lake will be open to fishing on Thursday and Friday of each week and only to persons 14 years old or younger or handicapped persons of any age as defined in this Rule. All minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult and handicapped persons in need of personal assistance must provide such. The lake will be open to the general public for fishing on Saturday of each week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

J. Lee’s Summit Park Lake is open to fishing each day from sunrise to sunset.

K. Lake Patsy will only be open for fishing to persons 15 years old and younger or handicapped persons of any age, as defined in this Rule. Fishing hours will be from sunrise to sunset each day.

L. Poplar Springs Lake shall be open to fishing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

M. Ballard Lake is open to fishing each day from sunrise to 10 p.m.

N. Willow Lake will be open to fishing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of each week from sunrise to sunset.

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