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Fishing rules and regulations seem to change with the tide these days, and they vary greatly from state to state. That's why The Fisherman posts the current size and bag limits, seasons and licensing information covering all your favorite local species. Before heading out, check here for a state-by-state breakdown of current restrictions to ensure you'll be in compliance no matter how, when or where you fish.

CONNECTICUT

American Eel: 9" minimum size, 25/angler, no closed season
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
Black Sea Bass: 15-inch minimum (Excluding Tail Fin Filament/Tendril), 5 fish bag limit, Open May 1 to December 31
Bluefish: No minimum size, 10/angler (including "snappers,") no closed season
Cod: 22" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
NOTE: Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.

Haddock: 18" minimum size, no daily creel limit, no closed season
Hickory Shad & American Shad: No size limit, 6/angler (both species aggregate,) no closed season
***American Shad: all state waters closed except the Connecticut River

Pollock: 19" minimum size, no daily creel limit, no closed season
Scup / Porgy: Private Vessel: 10-inch minimum, May 1 – December 31, 30 fish per person.
For-Hire Bonus Season: September 1 – October 31, 45 fish per angler.

Striped Bass: No closed season, 28-inch minimum, 1 fish per person; bonus voucher program through CT DEEP
Summer Flounder/Fluke: 19-inch Minimum, 3 fish bag limit, Open May 17 to September 21
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

Weakfish: 16" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
White Perch: 7" minimum size, 30/angler, no closed season
Winter Flounder: 12" minimum size, 2/angler, April 1 - December 31

DELAWARE

Black Sea Bass: 12-1/2 inches, open 5/15-9/21 (15 fish), closed 9/22-10/21, reopens 10/22-12/31 (15 fish).
Bluefish: No size limit, 10/angler, no closed season
Croaker: 8" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Porgy: 8" minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season
Red Drum: 20-27" slot size, 5/angler, no closed season
Scup (Porgy): 8" minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season
Spanish Mackerel: 14" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Spotted Seatrout: 12" minimum size, No creel limit, no closed season
Striped Bass: As of 5/11/15, two fish, 28 to 37 inches or greater than 44 inches, except in Delaware Bay, River and its tributaries from 7/1-8/31 during which time angler limit is two fish from 20 to 25 inches during ‘summer slot’ season. No harvest permitted from spawning grounds from 4/1-5/31.
Summer Flounder: Effective April 1, 2017, 17" minimum size, 4/angler, No Closed Season 
Tautog: 15-inch minimum size for all open seasons; 5/angler Jan. 1 - March 31 and Sept. 29 - Dec. 31; 3/angler April 1 - May 11 and July 17 - Aug. 31. Season closed Sept. 1 - Sept. 28 and May 12 - July 16.
Weakfish: 13" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season

MARYLAND

Black Sea Bass:  May 19-Sept21, Oct22-Dec.31 12.5 inches 15 fish
Bluefish: 8" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Croaker: 9" minimum size, limit 25/angler, no closed season
Flounder: Effective April 1, 2017, four fish at 17 inches per person/day.
Herring: Moritorium
Red Drum: 18" - 27" slot limit, 1/angler, no closed season
Spanish Mackerel: 14" minimum size, 15/angler, no closed season
Striped Bass: One fish, 28 inches along Coast. In Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, one fish, 28 to 36 inches or one fish larger than 40 inches from 4/18-5/15; from 5/16-12/15 two striped bass over 20 inches, but only one may be over 28 inches. From 5/16-5/31, one fish, 20 to 26 inches on Susquehanna Flats and the Northeast River.
Tautog: 16" minimum size, 2/angler, 4/angler from January 1 - May 15 and from November 1 thru November 14; 2/angler from May 16 thru Oct 31
Weakfish: 13" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
White Perch: No minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Yellow Perch: 9" minimum size, 10 per day per person, no closed season

MASSACHUSETTS

American Eel: 6" minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season
Black Sea Bass: TBD
Bluefish: No minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Cod: NORTH OF CAPE COD – Private Angler: no closed season, 1 fish, 19-inch minimum.
SOUTH OF CAPE COD – Private Angler: no closed season, 10 fish, 22-inch minimum.

Haddock: NORTH OF CAPE COD – no closed season, 15 fish, 17-inch minimum.
SOUTH OF CAPE COD – no closed season, no bag limit, 18-inch minimum.

Halibut: 41" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
Pollock: No minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Scup / Porgy: Private Angler: May 1 – December 31, 30 fish or 150 fish/vessel if 5 or more anglers on board, 10-inch minimum.
For-Hire Bonus: May 1 – June 30, 45 fish, 10 inch minimum.
For-Hire Regular: July 1 – December 31, 30 fish, 10-inch minimum.

Shad: No minimum size, 6/angler, no closed season
Smelt: No minimum size, 50/angler, June 16 - March 14
Striped Bass: No closed season, 28-inch minimum, 1 fish per person.
Summer Flounder/Fluke: TBD
Tautog / Blackfish: 16" minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season
Weakfish: 16" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
White Perch: 8" minimum size, 25/angler, no closed season
Winter Flounder: NORTH OF CAPE COD – no closed season, 8 fish, 12-inch minimum.
SOUTH & EAST OF CAPE COD – no closed season, 2 fish, 12-inch minimum.

Yellowtail Flounder: 13" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season

NEW HAMPSHIRE

American Eel: 6" minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season; fishway closures apply October 2 - June 14
American Shad: No minimum size, 2/angler, no closed season
Atlantic Salmon: 15" minimum size, 2/angler, no closed season, snagging not allowed
Bluefish: No minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Cod: 24" minimum size, 10/angler, November 1 - April 15; April 1 - June 30, Gulf of Maine Spawning Protection Area closed.
NOTE: Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.

Haddock: 18" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Halibut: 41" minimum size, 1/angler/vessel, no closed season
Pollock: 19" minimum size if taken in federal waters, no creel limit, no closed season
Striped Bass: 28" minimum size, 2/angler (only 1 fish may be greater than 40"), no closed season
Summer Flounder/Fluke: TBD
Winter Flounder: 12" minimum size, 8/angler, season closed May 15 - May 24
Yellowtail Flounder: 13" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season

NEW JERSEY

Black Drum: 16" minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season**Proposed size limit of 32 inches pending hearings**
Black Sea Bass: 12-1/2” minimum open 5/23-6/19 (10 fish); 12-1/2” minimum open 7/1-8/31 (2 fish); 13” minimum open 10/22-12/31 (15 fish)
Blue Crab: 3" minimum size for peeler/shedder 3-1/2" for for soft shell 4-1/2" hard shell Limit one bushell
Bluefish: No minimum size, 15/angler, no closed season
Cobia: 37" minimum size, 2/angler, no closed season.  No possession allowed in federal waters (beyond 3 miles)
Cod & Haddock: 21" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
NOTE: Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.

King Mackerel: 23" minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season
Pollock: 19" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Porgy : 9"minimum size, 50/angler, Jan 1- Feb 28 and July 1-Dec 31
Red Drum: 18"-27" slot size, 1/angler, no closed season
Spanish Mackerel: 14" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Striped Bass: One fish from 28 inches to less than 43 inches, one fish greater than 43 inches. No closed season 0-3 miles from shore; Delaware River from Trenton to Salem River open 3/1-3/31 and from 6/1-12/31; all other marine waters open 3/1-12/31 except beyond 3 miles which is closed year-round.
Summer Flounder: 18.'" minimum size, 5/angler, May 21 - Sept 25 (17” minimum size, 4/angler west of COLREGS on Delaware Bay; 16” minimum size, 2/angler at IBSP)
Tautog: 15" minimum size,January 1 - February 28 (4 fish), April 1 - April 30 (4 fish), July 17 - Nov. 15 (1 fish)  and November 16- December 31-(6 fish) 
Weakfish: 13" minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season
Winter Flounder: 12" minimum size, 2/angler, Mar. 1- Dec 31

NEW YORK

American Shad: Moratorium
Atlantic Sturgeon: Moratorium
Black Sea Bass: 15" minimum size; 3/angler, June 27 - Aug 31; 8/angler, Sept 1 - October 31; 10/angler Nov 1 - Dec 31. 
Blue Crab: Minimum shell width (spike to spike tip) 4.5"" hard shell, 3-1/2" soft shell, 3" peeler/shedder, 50 creel limit, no closed season; All other crab species: no minimum size, 50 creel limit, no closed season
Bluefish: No minimum size for first ten fish, 12 inch minimum for additional fish, 15/angler total , no closed season
Cod: Cod: 22" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season;
NOTE: Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.

Fluke (Summer Flounder): 18 " minimum size, 5/angler, May 17 - September 21
Haddock: 18" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Hickory Shad: No minimum size, 5/angler, no closed season
Monkfish (goosefish): 17" minimum size(11" tail length,) no creel limit, no closed season
Oyster Toadfish: 10" minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season
Pollock: 19" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Porgy (Scup): 10" minimum size, 30/angler, May 1 - December 31; charter and open boat creel limit expands to 45/angler from September 1 - October 31.
Red Drum: No minimum size, 27" maximum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Spanish Mackerel: 14" minimum size, 15/angler, no closed season
Striped Bass: Marine: 28-inch minimum, 1 fish per person, April 15 - December 15
Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge: 1 fish per perspon 18 - 28 inches OR greater than 40 inches, April 1 - November 30

Tautog (Blackfish): 16" minimum size, 4/angler, October 5 - December 14
Weakfish: 16" minimum size (10" filleted/12" dressed,) 1/angler, no closed season
Winter Flounder: 12" minimum size, 2/angler, April 1 - May 30
Yellowtail Flounder: 13" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season

RHODE ISLAND

American Eel: 6" minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season
Black Sea Bass: TBD
Blue Crab: Minimum shell width (spike to spike tip,) 5" hard shell, 3-1/2" soft shell, no creel limit, May 1 - November 30
Cod: 22" minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season
Haddock: 19" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Pollock: 19" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season
Scup / Porgy: SHORE & PRIVATE BOAT – May 1 – December 31, 10-inch minimum, 30 fish per angler. PARTY & CHARTER BOAT: 10-inch minimum, May 1 – August 31 & November 1 – December 31, 30 fish per person. September 1 – October 31, 45 fish per person.
Striped Bass: No closed season, 28-inch minimum, 1 fish per person.
Summer Flounder/Fluke: TBD
Tautog / Blackfish: April 15 – May 31, August 1 – October 17, 16-inch minimum, 3 fish per person. October 18 – December 16, 16-inch minimum, 6 fish per person. Maximum of 10 fish per private vessel during all periods.
Weakfish: March 1 – December 31, 16-inch minimum, 1 fish per person.
Winter Flounder (Blackback): No closed season, 12-inch minimum, 2 fish per person. See website for restricted waters.
Yellowtail Flounder: 13" minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season



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