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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

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SPECIES, MINIMUM SIZES, DAILY LIMITS, & FISHING SEASONS

Effective 2013: Species regulations are subject to change. Ron-Molnar-Sea-Bass-Fishing_opt.jpgFor 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.

 

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.

 

Minimum length is measured from the tip of the snout (head) to the end of the tail.

Spearfishing is an allowed recreational activity, subject to all sport fishing regulations.

Red type signifies new regulations for 2013.

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

All state waters closed except the Connecticut River.

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

Split bag/season, length excludes the tendril.

13″

3

June 15 – August 31

8

September 1 – October 29

Bluefish

 

None

10
(including snapper bluefish)

Year Round

Haddock

Visit www.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

Menhaden

 

None

50 fish or 5 gallons (whichever is the greater amount)

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″

45

September 1 – October 31

Designated Shore Fishing Access Areas (see Appendix A on Enhanced Fishing Opportunities)

9″

20

May 1 – 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)

17.5″

5

May 15 – October 31

Summer Flounder:
Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program Access Sites

(See Appendix A, Enhanced Fishing Opportunities for Specific Summer Flounder Shore Fishing Locations)

Designated Shore Fishing Access Areas (see Appendix A on Enhanced Fishing Opportunities)

16″

5

May 15 – October 31

Tautog (Blackfish)

 

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

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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