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Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

Fishing Regulations Connecticut Freshwater Fishing

SPECIES, MINIMUM SIZES, DAILY LIMITS, & FISHING SEASONS

Effective 2016: 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 2016.

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

Split bag/season, length excludes the tendril (tail filament).

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

Scup (Porgy)

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

10″

30

May 1 – December 31

Look for Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Access Sites
(see Appendix A)

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)

18″

5

May 17 – September 21

Look for Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Access Sites
(see Appendix A)

16″

5

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*

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

* Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Compliance Guide: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/Compliance_Guide/index.htm