Mississippi River

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Mississippi River Fishing Charters

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Mississippi River: 219 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
New Orleans
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Biloxi
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Biloxi
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Long Beach
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Biloxi
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New Orleans
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New Orleans
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Gulfport
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Slidell
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Gulfport
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

According to customer reviews, Speck Dat Charters LLC, Biloxi Sport Fishing, and Shearwater Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Mississippi River. Full list of top fishing charters in Mississippi River.

The average price for a private 4 hour Mississippi River fishing trip is $571, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $934 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Speck Dat Charters LLC, Biloxi Sport Fishing, and Shearwater Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Mississippi River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

With thousands of miles to explore and hundreds of fish to target, the vast and bountiful Mississippi River is a must-see destination for freshwater anglers. If you’re coming to this impressive body of water for the first time, book a trip with one of many Mississippi River fishing guides to make sure you find the best bite.
 

Top Catches and Where to Find Them

The Mississippi River is a border between 10 different states, from its source in Minnesota all the way to Louisiana. With over 2,300 miles and endless fishing spots to check out, the “Father of Waters” is a never-ending source of solid freshwater fishing.
 
There are well over 100 species swimming in these murky waters, and depending on where you decide to cast your line, you could catch a wide array of them. Walleye, Sauger, Bass, Northern Pike, Bluegill, and Crappie are the most common catches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa.
 
Missouri, Tennessee and further south, Arkansas and Mississippi, is where Catfish take center stage, and the lower Mississippi River is where you go to target monster Mudcats. Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfish are the most popular on the menu, and they come in trophy sizes, especially if you’re looking for a new personal record and you’ve got an experienced guide by your side.
 

What to Expect on a Mississippi River Fishing Trip

All along the river, there are thousands of local guides who have spent most of their lives fishing the mighty Mississippi, and they know what they’re doing. When you book a trip with them, be it from the shore or from a boat, they’ll do their best to find some good fish for you. Whether you’re looking to fill your cooler with delicious fish or hook something brag-worthy, there’s a guide on the river that can make it happen.
 
There’s usually a variety of trips on offer, and half day and full day expeditions are by far the most popular. This means that you can come with your family and spend 4–5 hours on the water catching your lunch. Book an eight-hour trip if you’re aiming to come face-to-gills with something formidable, such as a monster Mudcat. 
 

What to Bring

Because the Mississippi River is so big, preparing for your trip depends heavily on where you plan to launch. It’s always a good idea to talk to your guide beforehand so you can confirm what you need to bring.
 
More often than not, you’ll need to buy a state fishing license before coming aboard (be sure you have a license that’s valid in whichever state waters you’re fishing). Mississippi River fishing guides usually provide all the necessary fishing gear and a boat, and sometimes provide pickup service. If you’re going on longer trips, don’t forget your favorite drinks and food, and be sure to dress properly for the time of the year.
 
Go fishing on the “Old Man River,” find out more about its incredible history, and get a taste of the superb fishing this impressive watershed has to offer!
Mississippi River
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26564 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If you want to explore ice fishing opportunities on the Mississippi River, then the beginning of the year is the best time to head out. The Upper Mississippi has a healthy population of Walleye, Bluegill, and Yellow Perch.

February

It’s still quite cold on the northern section of the river, which means you can catch sizeable Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Sauger, and Walleye, as long as you know where to go to find them.

March

As the weather improves, the fish are becoming more active all along the river. Anglers are hitting the water to chase different species of Catfish, which lurk in deep holes and channels.

April

Come mid-April, Walleye are starting to spawn and you can find them around areas with a rocky bottom. Northern Pike prefer warm waters for spawning, and you’ll find Smallmouth Bass in current breaks.

May
Catfish love warm weather and warm water, and the Lower Mississippi is the place to hook a lunker. If you’re a passionate Bass angler, there’s a Bass tournament in Alma Marina, Wisconsin mid-May.
June
Be it Channel, Flathead, or Blue Catfish, summer is the time to test your luck on the lower Mississippi River. Bass are amassing around underwater structures, while Northern Pike are hiding in deeper waters.
July

July is one of the best months to go to Tennessee and hunt your biggest Catfish yet. Smallmouth Bass usually congregate in spots where food is abundant, and Pike are still avoiding the heat.

August
Wherever you are in the 10 states that Mississippi runs through, it’s probably hot on the water. The Lower Mississippi is a haven for Catfish anglers, where Cats are always abundant and hungry.
September

If you’re in the mood to hook a massive Blue Catfish, head to Arkansas and cast your line around deep holes, bends, and submerged trees. There are plenty of White Bass, Crappie, and Catfish in the middle section of Mississippi.

October

As the weather is turning, Walleye and Northern Pike are coming back to shallower waters in the upper Mississippi, and Catfish are still biting left and right. This is the golden month of fishing!

November

The Catfish bite is still more than solid anywhere from Arkansas to Louisiana, and depending on where you fish, up to five species of Cats are in the game. Up north, the ice fishing season is fast approaching.

December

While Catfishing will be coming to a lull in December, the upper Mississippi River is teeming with both anglers and fish. Think Yellow Perch, Walleye, Bluegill, and Sauger and be sure to dust off your ice fishing gear!

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Go here with an open mind in the spring. Fish are moving through but nothing is a guarantee. Enjoy the experience and trust the captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go here with an open mind in the spring. Fish are moving through but nothing is a guarantee. Enjoy the experience and trust the captain.
Cameron  G.
Cameron G. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Great weather, even better fishing. May was perfect time where it was hot, but no bugs out
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great weather, even better fishing. May was perfect time where it was hot, but no bugs out
Gary  R.
Gary R. Fayetteville, AR
Bring a friend! You are going to catch a lot of fish. And bring something to eat and drink for trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a friend! You are going to catch a lot of fish. And bring something to eat and drink for trip!
Casey  W.
Casey W. El Paso, TX
Expect lots of little saltwater catfish to steal your bait. We moved a bit then got our max of redfish within an hour - all 8-15 lbs with frozen shrimp bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect lots of little saltwater catfish to steal your bait. We moved a bit then got our max of redfish within an hour - all 8-15 lbs with frozen shrimp bait.
Julia  L.
Julia L. New Orleans, Louisiana
My 1st fishing Lake Pontchartrain and Slidell was perfect place to fish from. Sleep Inn puts you about 7 minutes from their docks, nice area, perfect guide service with Right Side Charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My 1st fishing Lake Pontchartrain and Slidell was perfect place to fish from. Sleep Inn puts you about 7 minutes from their docks, nice area, perfect guide service with Right Side Charter.
Carol  B.
Carol B. West Monroe, LA
Definitely give Captain Chris a try! He’ll find you some fish for sure!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely give Captain Chris a try! He’ll find you some fish for sure!!!
Jude  H.
Jude H. Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Book with Reel Adventure Charter. They know what they are doing when it comes to fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Reel Adventure Charter. They know what they are doing when it comes to fishing.
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Columbia, MS
Book with Captain Mike Doll he gets 10 ??????????.We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Mike Doll he gets 10 ??????????.We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Barbara  B.  W.
Barbara B. W. Roseto, PA
Yes. There is fishing for levels of experience. The Biloxi, Gautier, and all of the gulf area has great fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. There is fishing for levels of experience. The Biloxi, Gautier, and all of the gulf area has great fishing.
Kenneth  T.
Kenneth T. West Monroe, LA
Venice is full of charters and has excellent fishing. Charters are one piece of the experience, the Marina operations (food, lodging, etc) is another. Venice marina lodging is rustic, to say it nicely.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Venice is full of charters and has excellent fishing. Charters are one piece of the experience, the Marina operations (food, lodging, etc) is another. Venice marina lodging is rustic, to say it nicely.
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Newburg, MO
I can't think of anything they would need, except for something to drink and a sandwich if your on the water all day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I can't think of anything they would need, except for something to drink and a sandwich if your on the water all day.
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. San Andreas, CA
Enjoy yourself while you are down there. Eat at Crave and Palms Too, and enjoy a great time on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy yourself while you are down there. Eat at Crave and Palms Too, and enjoy a great time on the water
Roy  W.
Roy W. Peachtree City, Georgia
Go see Wicked tours you will not be sorry we caught so much in a short period of time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go see Wicked tours you will not be sorry we caught so much in a short period of time
MARGARET  P.
MARGARET P. Stroudsburg, PA
To talk with your guide ahead of time to find out what type of fish might be biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To talk with your guide ahead of time to find out what type of fish might be biting.
Elsa  A.  M.
Elsa A. M. Fort Atkinson, WI
New to offshore . . . Trust your captain Experienced offshore . . . How you fished before there is different here, trust your captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
New to offshore . . . Trust your captain Experienced offshore . . . How you fished before there is different here, trust your captain
Darrell  S.
Darrell S. Lisbon, WI
May/June and Sept/Oct are better times to fish, but we did ok for such a cold and windy day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May/June and Sept/Oct are better times to fish, but we did ok for such a cold and windy day
Tycee  B.
Tycee B. Atlanta, Georgia
We caught stuff and it was fun, but nothing we could keep so don’t go in with high hopes or rude attitudes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught stuff and it was fun, but nothing we could keep so don’t go in with high hopes or rude attitudes
Chad  Z.
Chad Z. Atlanta, Georgia
You never know what is on your hook. We caught just about everything in the water. Redfish, Black drum, sheepshead, freshwater catfish, NOT ONE HARDHEAD! A Stingray It was a wonderful experience Thanks Captain Chad. Cannot recommend higher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You never know what is on your hook. We caught just about everything in the water. Redfish, Black drum, sheepshead, freshwater catfish, NOT ONE HARDHEAD! A Stingray It was a wonderful experience Thanks Captain Chad. Cannot recommend higher.
CHARLES  P.
CHARLES P. Kenner, LA
Probably a better time to go would be to go in April or May, we were a little early in the season
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Probably a better time to go would be to go in April or May, we were a little early in the season
Richard  K.
Richard K. Georgetown, GA
Make sure you find a good guide like captain Clinton who's eager to share generational fishing knowledge, clean and bag all the fish, and be ready to have a great time. In addition, don't forget the sunscreen protection.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you find a good guide like captain Clinton who's eager to share generational fishing knowledge, clean and bag all the fish, and be ready to have a great time. In addition, don't forget the sunscreen protection.
Anthony  B.
Anthony B. St. Peters, MO

Impulsive Charters
Impulsive Charters
Fishing charter in Gulfport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(164 reviews)
My 7 year old grandson, Kamron, fishing trip ever and not only did he catch fish he caught several thanks to Captain Scott. Thank you Captain Scott for helping us make these great memories.
Scott  K.
Scott K. Long Beach, MS
Dailey Charters
Dailey Charters
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(208 reviews)
This was our second time chartering with Captain Chris. First time was on Oct 2022 and we caught so much fish we were tired of catching them by the end! This trip wasn’t quite as productive but Chris was relentless and got on to some big reds and jacks. Will definitely fish with him again!!
Jeffrey  D.
Jeffrey D. Gulfport, MS
Trophy Crappie Fishing + Brunch Trips!
Trophy Crappie Fishing + Brunch Trips!
Fishing charter in Oxford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We had a great time catching crappie. Captain Aaron was great. Found the fish for us to catch and then took the fish and cleaned and filleted them.
Greg  K.
Greg K. Muscle Shoals, AL
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Fishing charter in Whittington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Great trip Cought plenty of fish limited out Good time Fred new what we were after and he work his magic and got us the fish we where looking for would recommend him anytime
Bill  S.
Bill S. Florissant, MO
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Gulfport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Junior is a great captain. His deck hand Christopher "Chris" is GREAT!! I recommend everyone giving Junior Dustin McGill a try. You will not be disappointed.
Joseph  H.
Joseph H. Bon Aqua, TN
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Gulfport
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(13 reviews)
Took me and my four boys out. Caught our limit in under an hour. This guy knows his stuff. Saw plenty of dolphins too.
Brooke  H.
Brooke H. United States
Dailey Charters
Dailey Charters
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(208 reviews)
We took the kids (12 & 15) on this charter and had a great time. The captain and his son were very helpful and excellent with the kids. We had a blast and will definitely book with again.
Clint  J.
Clint J.
Lazee Daze Charters
Lazee Daze Charters
Fishing charter in Bay St Louis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Caught my first redfish with Captain Dave ! Caught a few specs and flounder too . Good trip !
Mark  K.
Mark K. Hattiesburg, MS
Biloxi Boy Charters
Biloxi Boy Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great time out on the water. Fish weren’t running strong but Captain Ryan kept us entertained with stories and great conversation while moving all over the water to find spots to catch. We caught some Sharpnose Sharks and then at the end found a Triple Tail hanging out by a crab pot. Captain Ryan filleted it for us and gave us pointers on how to beat season and grill it. We both enjoyed it very much.
David  H.
David H. Bay St. Louis, MS
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
First off, Brad rocks. We had a perfect morning boat-riding and fishing at the guidance of Captain Brad. Brad has the perfect personality to do what he does - genuine, relaxed, patient, helpful, and a sense of humor to boot. Never a dull moment. Never an awkward moment. Only fun and good times. Highlight of our weekend.
Jared  L.
Jared L. New York, NY
Frayed Knot Charters
Frayed Knot Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Great Local guy super knowledgeable! Also saw a ton of turtles, dolphins, and a few giant fish just out of reach. Definitely would recommend for a small group looking to fish!
Chuck  H.
Chuck H. Columbia Cross Roads, PA
Dominator II Fishing Charters
Dominator II Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain Bill and his deck mate, Jeffrey were awesome. Captain Bill was extremely knowledgeable and was eager to get us on top of the fish. I highly recommend Dominator II. We will see them on the next go round for sure! Karen Gilley Baker Jackson, MS
Karen  B.
Karen B. Jackson, MS
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
My fiancé and I enjoyed four hours in multiple fishing spots off the Biloxi coast with captains Paul and Robert. They helped us bait and cast lined and bring in the bounty! We caught speckled trout, black drum, and Spanish mackerel. They cleaned, skinned and filleted the fish for us before we left. Definitely would recommend for a care free fishing adventure.
Sadler  M.
Sadler M. Hernando, MS
Captain Ben's Charters LLC
Captain Ben's Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Gulfport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
We had the best time as a group of 4! Captain Ben and Chief Mate Ryan made sure we had a good experience. From catching our own live bait to moving to different locations to attempt to catch what we wanted, it was fantastic! They even cut and bagged our catch and gave advice for the best way to cook them. Definitely recommend! We will be back!
Deborah  T.
Deborah T. Hattiesburg, MS
Fish-On Charters
Fish-On Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Highly recommended to friends and family! Can’t go wrong with Captain Mike and his crew!
David  G.
David G. Yukon, OK
Big Fish Charters
Big Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(226 reviews)
Capt. Leo put us on fish right away and we left with a cooler full of black drum to fry up that night and to take back to Nashville. For a three hour trip we were delighted. No long trips and could almost see our marina from every spot we fished. Excellent trip.
Scott  B.
Scott B. Ashland City, TN
Skipper Charters
Skipper Charters
Fishing charter in Biloxi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
We did an 8hr trip and it was amazing. We were able to catch so many fish and had such a great time with this crew. Our boys are 8 and 6 and we’re welcomed and treated so well. We will for sure be making this our yearly family trip with this crew. I can’t say enough great things about them but I do highly recommend booking your trip with Skipper Charters. You won’t regret it.
Stacey  H.
Stacey H. United States
Legacy Angling
Legacy Angling
Fishing charter in Duluth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
The fishing trip was a great experience! The captain and his deck hand were a lot of fun. They were very friendly and answered the many questions we asked them.
Andrea  P.
Andrea P. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Captain Joe's Angling Adventures
Captain Joe's Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in St. Bernard
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
With the bad weather, (rain and windy), Capt. Joe was still able to put my family on to some fish. They not only enjoyed their fishing trip, but also the great hospitality. I highly recommend Captain Joe for anyone's fishing charter trip. Thanks again, Captain Joe....
James  M.
James M. Chalmette, LA
Reel Cajun Fishing
Reel Cajun Fishing
Fishing charter in Lafitte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Excellent trip! Sexond time I've been with Ryan. Caught a red fish that os one of the biggest fish I've ever caught. Ryan knew exactly where to fish and was very cistomer oriented. I took my my for her birthday and Ryan made sure she had a memorable experience. Awesome experience and we will book with Ryan again. Above and beyond.
Chris  N.
Chris N. Gretna, LA