MDWFP operates 20 prime fishing lakes throughout the state which offer outstanding fishing on over 4,000 acres of picturesque waters.
Sport fishing licenses and permits are required to fish these lakes. The exception is the first Saturday and Sunday of National Fishing Week in June when fishing is free and no sport fishing license or lake permit is required.
Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes and State Park Lakes; however, carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid lake permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes.
Each lake offers excellent bank fishing areas, including handicap accessible fishing piers. Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed at all State Fishing Lakes from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations, with the exception of Lake Bill Waller.
Camping is available at State Fishing Lakes, with the exception of Lake Bill Waller and Lake Walthall. Campsites cannot be reserved and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Annual State Fishing Lake Permits Can Be Purchased Here with the exception of Disabled/Age Exempt Annual Permits which must be purchased in person at any MDWFP office.
MDWFP State Fishing Lake Record Fish Program
Each State Fishing Lake maintains a list of record fish which can be viewed on each lake’s web page. Anglers who catch a state lake record fish will receive a certificate from MDWFP, and a copy of the certificate will be on display at the lake’s office. Fish that qualify for a state lake record include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and catfish. Potential record fish must be verified by a member of the Fisheries Bureau staff. We encourage anglers to let us know if they believe their catch might be a new record.