Alabama Rig Illegal to Fish in Some Mississippi Lakes

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The newest, hottest lure in bass fishing, the Alabama Rig, has generated much discussion regarding whether it is legal use in Mississippi waters. The Alabama Rig has five wire arms extending from the center of the bait, with each arm having a clip or swivel on the end. A variety of baits, typically swimbaits or grubs, are attached to it. The “device” basically allows an angler to cast multiple lures on a single cast.

The Alabama Rig, as defined above, is illegal to use in the following waters due to regulations that limit the number of lures and/or hooks that can be fished per pole.

  • Grenada, Arkabutla, Sardis, and Enid Lakes
  • Spillways of Ross Barnett and Okatibbee Reservoirs
  • Spillways of Grenada, Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla Lakes from spillway outlets to the end of the riprap
  • Bluff Lake spillway in Noxubee County
  • Lowhead dam on Ross Barnett Reservoir from the dam to the end of the Idle Speed Only/No Wake Zone area downstream of the dam.

The Alabama Rig is legal to fish everywhere else in Mississippi.

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