Under the authority of Executive Order 1053, issued by Governor Haley Barbour during the first part of May 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is opening the waters listed below to recreational boating and fishing:

The following lakes will be open to all fishing and boating when the Mississippi River reaches 48.0 feet at the Vicksburg gauge: Chotard, Albemarle, Airplane, Tennessee lakes in Issaquena County.

The following lakes will be open to all fishing and boating when the Mississippi River registers 50.0 feet on the Greenville gauge: Ferguson Lake in Washington County, and Beulah and  Whittington Lakes in Bolivar County.

Bee Lake in Holmes County shall be open to all fishing and boating when the Bee Lake Bridge Gauge registers 4.0 feet:

All public waters previously closed in Claiborne, Jefferson, Adams, and Wilkinson Counties are hereby open to all fishing and boating activity.

The Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers are now open to all fishing and boating activity.

Tunica Cut-off in Tunica County and Lakeview in Desoto County are now open to all fishing and boating.

Commercial fishing is now open on all open public waters.

At this time, Eagle Lake in Warren County, Wolf/Broad Lake in Yazoo County and Moon Lake in Coahoma County remain closed to fishing and boating, as the water has yet to recede to safe levels; however, they are expected to reopen soon.  Any waters which were previously closed under Executive Order #1053 and not specifically listed above shall remain closed until further notice.

Water levels are still above the norm for affected areas and boaters and fishermen are urged to exercise caution and good judgment when going into these areas.