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Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

Fishing Regulations Icon Connecticut Fishing

 

SPECIES, MINIMUM SIZES, DAILY LIMITS, & FISHING SEASONS

Effective 2017: Species regulations are subject to change. 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.

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.

Red type signifies new regulations for 2017.

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, Spearing, Eel Pot
Silver eel harvest is prohibited.

9″

25

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/sustainable/recfishing/regs for updated federal regulations.

22″

10

Year Round

Black Sea Bass

Regulations may change this year. Please see www.ct.gov/deep/saltwaterfishing for updated fishing regulations.

Length excludes the tendril (tail filament). Split bag; see www.ct.gov/deep/saltwaterfishing for Party/Charter fishing regulations.

15″

5

May 1– December 31

Bluefish

None

10
(including snapper bluefish)

Year Round

Haddock

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

19″

None

Year Round

Red Drum

No person shall possess any red drum greater than 27 inches measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. Any red drum greater than 27″ shall, without avoidable injury, be returned immediately to the water from which taken.

None

None

None

Scup (Porgy)

See www.ct.gov/deep/saltwaterfishing for Party/Charter fishing regulations.

10″

30

May 1 – December 31

At Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Access Sites (see Appendix A on page 56)

9″

30

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″

1

Year Round

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

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

19″

3

May 17 – September 21

At Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Access Sites (see Appendix A on page 56)

17″

3

May 17 – September 21

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

April 1 – December 31

Sharks/Tuna*

Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit is required to take, possess, or land any shark species, other than smooth or spiny dogfish. To obtain an HMS permit see www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/aps/permits or call NMFS Customer Service at 888-872-8862

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.