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As we enter the 4th month of the year today, we kick-off “Opening Day” season across Southern New England.
By Toby Lapinski  |  April 1, 2019

Blackfish and flounder and trout, OH MY! No this is not an April Fool’s Day joke (I hid that one elsewhere if you can find it!) as with improving weather, and the end to another winter fishing and outdoor show season run, fishing seasons seem to open almost every day. Whether you like to target bottom fish like blackfish and flounder, or if you’re season kick-off with trout, the opportunities abound in the month of April. Here is a quick round-up of what we have in store for the coming weeks on some of the more popular spring species.


  • Connecticut: Opens April 1, 2 fish per angler, 16-inch minimum.
  • Rhode Island: Opens April 1, 3 fish per angler (maximum 10 fish per boat), 16-inch minimum.
  • Massachusetts: Opens April 1, 3 fish per angler, 16-inch minimum.


  • Connecticut: Opens April 1, 2 fish per angler, 12-inch minimum.
  • Rhode Island: Opened March 1, 2 fish per angler, 12-inch minimum. (The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs Line of Demarcation as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds.)
  • Massachusetts North of Cape Cod: No closed season, 8 fish per angler, 12-inch minimum.
  • Massachusetts South of Cape Cod: Opened March 31, 2 fish per angler, 12-inch minimum.


  • Massachusetts for-hire: Opens April 15, 12 fish per angler, 17-inch minimum.


  • Connecticut: Opens April 13.
  • Rhode Island: Opens April 13.
  • Massachusetts: No Closed Season

And with the opening of all these fishing opportunities, I am putting out the annual call for fishing photos. While I’d prefer them to be recent pictures of fish caught this season, I can make an exception for some of last season’s exception catches, too. Either way, you need to email them to me at tlapinski@thefisherman.com. Be sure to include a brief description of the catch including the angler’s name, species of fish, general location where the fish was landed and any other pertinent details which you would like to share. Please do your best to be mindful of the scene as well as the condition of the fish and be sure to shoot in a vertical format. As always, special consideration will be given to action shots, photos including happy smiling children and scenes which convey the overall enjoyment of fishing.

Email me the original, unedited version of the image. PLEASE do not go ahead and edit the image yourself, add graphics or anything else that you think might make the image better; leave that to the professionals! Also, please do not mail hard copies of images as they must then be scanned and they lose much of their clarity. Along those same lines, do not print an image and then take a picture of the printed image to then email it to me (this happens more often than you’d believe!)

So regardless of whether you are a bait fisherman, fly guy (or gal), a fanatical purist or the just a fun-seeking fair-weather angler, that next catch just might land your smiling face on the cover of an upcoming copy of The Fisherman Magazine. Good luck!