DEEP: Current Recreational Marine Fisheries Regulations
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
DEEP: Current Recreational Marine Fisheries Regulations

Marine Recreational Fisheries
Regulations for 2015
NEW Regulations are in red


Striped Bass

 Minimum length: 28 inches
 Daily creel limit: 1 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

 Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program

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Summer Flounder (Fluke)

 Minimum length: 18 inches
 Daily creel limit:  5 fish per angler
 Open Season:  May 17 - September 21
 
Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites
 the Minimum
Length is 16 inches

 

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Tautog (Blackfish)
 Minimum length: 16 inches
 Open Season:  April 1 - April 30,
                      2 fish per angler
 Open Season:  July 1 - August 31,
                      2 fish per angler
 Open Season:  October 10 - Dec. 6
                      4 fish per angler
 

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Scup (Porgy)
 Minimum length: 10 inches
 Daily creel limit: 30 fish per angler
 Open Season:  May 1 - December 31

 Party/Charter Vessel Bonus Season:
  For paying passengers only:
  45 fish per angler from Sept. 1 - Oct. 31

Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites 
 the Minimum Length is 9 inches

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Bluefish
 Minimum length:  None
 Daily creel limit: 10 fish per angler
                        (including "snappers")
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

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Black Sea Bass
 Minimum length: 14 inches**
 Open Season:  June 1 - August 31,
                        3 fish per angler
 Open Season:  September 1 - December 31,
                        5 fish per angler  
 **Excluding tail fin filament (tendril)
   Party/Charter Vessels:
    For paying passengers only:

      Daily creel Limit:  8 fish per day
     Open Season:  June 21 - December 31
     Daily Logbook Catch Reporting required 
     on trips taking Black Sea Bass

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Weakfish (Sea Trout)  
 Minimum length:  16 inches
 Daily creel limit:  1 fish
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

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Winter Flounder
 Minimum length: 12 inches
 Daily creel limit:  2 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open April 1 - December 31

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Hickory Shad
 Minimum length:  None
 Daily creel limit:  6 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

 
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American Shad***
 Minimum length:  None
 Daily creel limit:  6 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open Year Round
 ***American Shad: all state waters closed, 
      except the Connecticut River System
 

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River Herring: Alewife / Blueback Herring
 The taking of anadromous alewife and 
 blueback herring is prohibited from all
 Connecticut waters including Long
 Island Sound
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White Perch
 Minimum length:  7 inches
 Daily creel limit:  30 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

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American Eel
 Minimum length:  9 inches
 Daily creel limit:  25 fish per angler
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

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Atlantic Menhaden (Bunker)

 Minimum length:  None
 Daily creel limit:  50 fish per angler or 
 5 gallons (whichever is the greater amount)
 Open Season:  Open Year Round

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Atlantic Cod
 
See below for updated federal regulations
 www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs
  

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Haddock
 See below for updated federal regulations
 www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs

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Pollock
 See below for updated federal regulations
 www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs

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Blue Crab

 Minimum shell width (spike tip to spike tip)
  5 inches - Hard shell
  3 1/2 inches - Soft shell
 Daily creel limit:  None
 Open Season:  May 1 - November 30

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Content last updated March 11, 2015