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Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

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SPECIES, MINIMUM SIZES, DAILY LIMITS, & FISHING SEASONS

Effective March 14, 2012: Species regulations are subject to change in 2012, but were not available at press time. For legal purposes, the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies must be consulted. Visit www.ct.gov/deep/laws-regs or contact Marine Fisheries (860-434-6043) for current regulations.

 

NEW FOR 2012—Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program: This Marine Fisheries program is part of a broader Department effort to improve the quality of access and fishing to our Public Trust marine fisheries resources in CT, especially in urban areas. This unique program relies on reduced size limit regulations to allow angler’s young and old alike the opportunity to experience the joy and relaxation of outdoor recreation and the satisfaction of catching their own dinner. At the same time, the design of this program assures that marine fish conservation objectives continue to be met.

 

Species

Notes

Minimum Length

Daily
Creel Limit
(fish per angler)

Open Season

Alewife/Blueback Herring

The taking of Alewife and Blueback Herring is prohibited.

 

 

 

American Eel

Eel Pots limited to 2 pots per person, personal use only.

Legal Methods: Angling, Snagging, Eel Pot

6″

50

Year Round

American Shad

In the Pawcatuck River, the open season for American Shad follows Rhode Island regulations and the daily limit is 1 shad.

None

6
(American and Hickory Shad in aggregate)

Year Round

Atlantic Cod

Visit www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs for updated federal regulations.

22″

10

Year Round

Black Sea Bass

Please see www.ct.gov/deep/fishing for updated fishing regulations.

13″

15

June 15 – December 31

Bluefish

 

None

10
(including snapper bluefish)

Year Round

Haddock

Visitwww.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs for updated federal regulations.

18″

None

Year Round

Hickory Shad

None

6
(American and Hickory Shad in aggregate)

Year Round

Pollock

Visit www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs for updated federal regulations.

19″

None

Year Round

Scup (Porgy)

Private Anglers

10.5″

20

May 1 – December 31

Party/charter vessels

11″

20

May 1 – August 31
AND
November 1 – December 31

11″

40

September 1 – October 31

Designated Shore Fishing Access Areas (see Appendix A)

9″

20

May 31 – December 31

Sea-Run Trout (Brown, Brook, Rainbow)

15″

2
(all species in aggregate)

Year Round

Striped Bass

  • No spearing or gaffing

28″

2

Year Round

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

  • On the water, fillets must meet minimum length or be accompanied by a legal sized rack (carcass)
  • New for 2012

18″

5

May 15 – October 31

Summer Flounder:
Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program Access Sites

(See Appendix A, page 8 for Specific Summer Flounder Shore Fishing Locations)

  • New for 2012: Fish taken from SHORE FISHING SITES ONLY at a designated summer flounder (fluke) reduced size limit (minimum length) fishing access site listed in Appendix A shall not be less than 16 inches (Total Length) and the Daily Creel Limit is 5 fish. Please see page 8 for Appendix A (Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program Access Sites).

16″

5

May 15 – October 31

Tautog (Blackfish)

Please see www.ct.gov/deep/fishing for updated fishing regulations.

16″

2

April 1 – April 30
AND
July 1 – August 31

16″

4

October 10 – December 6

Weakfish

 

16″

1

Year Round

White Perch

7″

30

Year Round

Winter Flounder

 

12″

2

Open season:
April 1 – May 30

Closed season:
May 31 – March 31

Sharks/Tuna

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/

 

 

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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