Recreational fishing (a wildlife-dependent activity) has been identified in the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 as a priority public use, provided it is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. Fishing is a popular activity on refuges throughout the Complex. Fish populations consist mostly of rough fish, which can withstand hot, murky water with low oxygen content, including long-nosed gar, buffalo, carp, bowfin, and catfish. A wide variety of fish species exists in the streams and bayous, including largemouth bass, various bream, and crappie.
Fishing is permitted in refuge waters north of Providence Road throughout the year except closed during the muzzleloader deer hunt. Providence Ponds are closed one day prior to the beginning of waterfowl season through February 28. See information kiosk for creel limits at Providence Ponds. Trot lines, limb lines, jugs, seines and traps are prohibited. A complete summary of refuge regulations is available online at www.fws.gov/morganbrake. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations expressed in the Annual Hunt Brochure supplement Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations and applicable State regulations.
Each person 16 years of age or older fishing at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1 – July 31. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.