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Fishing Regulations

Regulations listed here are subject to change during the 2016 season.

Fishing Regulations

Page Through the Digital Edition

Read the entire 2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide online! Our unique digital edition allows you to page through the entire guide, just as if you were reading the magazine.

Page Through the Digital Edition

Public Access Update

When legislation was passed in 2009 to create the recreational saltwater fishing permit, the law mandated that one-third of the revenue generated had to be spent on improving public access. To date, monies from the permit have funded 20 projects ranging from $100 to $1 million! 

Public Access Update

Post-Release Mortality

What happens to the fish you let go while fishing off a beach or from your boat? You are enjoying a fun day on the water and you catch a fish, but it wasn’t big enough to keep or perhaps you were simply catch and release fishing, so you return it back to the water. 

Post-Release Mortality

Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing

Digital Edition Click through an interactive version of the regulation guide. Turn the pages just as you would the real thing.
PDF Download The entire guide is also available as a PDF download for offline viewing.


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