Father and son trying to catch a fish using a net in one of the fishing spots near Hattiesburg.

Spend a Day With Nature at These Fishing Spots Near Hattiesburg

Sometimes it’s best to drop what you’re doing, cancel your plans and go fishing. Even if you don’t catch anything, getting out into nature for the day with only your thoughts and a pole is worth it. Luckily for the people living in Hattiesburg, there are some great places to fish nearby. Here are a few of the local fishing spots we discovered near our apartments in Hattiesburg, MS.

Geiger Lake

Geiger Lake is a beautiful 225-acre lake within Paul B. Johnson State Park and is reachable from downtown Hattiesburg in under 30 minutes. You will find the placid waters of this large lake inviting for boat fishing, while the many small coves provide easy access from the shoreline. This lake is heavily stocked with various fish species by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and requires a state license to fish. You can purchase fishing licenses and pay any boat fees at the park headquarters. If you’re planning an overnight fishing trip, camping spots and cabins with spectacular views are available right on the lake. To stock up on supplies before you leave town, consider swinging by Frenzy Big Game Tackle.

Little Black Creek Campground & Park

If everyone in your group is not as hooked on fishing as you are, try Little Black Creek Campground & Park. Besides the majestic 640-acre lake at the center of this popular park, you will also find a swimming beach, picnic area, 18 disc golf courses, camping, and cabins. You can fish from shore or rent canoes, kayaks, and Jon boats for day use. There is a fee for fishing as well as a strict daily limit. Regular state licenses are also required. The campground store does have snacks and snow cones, but if you need any fishing gear, stop by Dick’s Sporting Goods before heading out of Hattiesburg.

Lake Perry

Plan a remote fishing getaway off the beaten track for a day of quiet solitude and reflection in nature. Lake Perry is a well-stocked 68-acre lake located in Lake Perry State Park Campground, within the Desoto National Forest. Just 40 minutes from downtown Hattiesburg, Lake Perry is a secluded, picturesque destination in one of the region’s most biologically diverse and protected areas. Boat ramps and primitive camping with electrical hookups and showers are available here. The docks near the boat areas are not available for fishing, but shoreline and boat fishing are permissible. Though this location is isolated, state fishing licenses are still required. If you haven’t purchased one already, you can easily pick one up in town at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Planning an early start to your trip to one of these fishing spots near Hattiesburg? Then grab a bagel and a cup of java at these local coffee shops. If you’re searching for apartments in Hattiesburg, contact us. Our leasing agents can set up a tour to show you around.

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