Connecticut Saltwater Regulations

SPECIES OPEN SEASON DAILY LIMIT MINIMUM SIZE
Alewife/Blueback Herring CLOSED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED
American Eel¹ All Year 25 Per Angler 9 Inches
American Shad CLOSED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED NO POSSESSION ALLOWED
American Shad (Connecticut River System) All Year 6 fish per angler (American and hickory No Size Limit
Atlantic Cod² All Year 10 21 Inches
Black Sea Bass May 19 – Dec. 1 5 16 Inches
Black Sea Bass(Party/Charter Vessels: For paying passengers only) May 19 – Dec. 31 5 with exception of paying passengers only: 7 fish per angler from September 1 – December 31 16 Inches
Blue Crab Open year-round No Limit Hard Shell 5 Inches, Soft Shell 3 1/2 Inches, Egg-bearing females prohibited
Jonah Crab Open year-round 50 Egg-bearing females prohibitted
Bluefish (including “snappers”) All Year 3 No Size Limit
Haddock All Year No Limit 18 Inches
Hickory Shad All Year 6 fish per angler (In aggregate with American Shad on the Connecticut River and it’s tributaries) No Size Limit
Atlantic Menhaden All Year 50 Fish per angler or a 5 gallon bucket (whichever is greater) No Size Limit
Pollock All Year No Limit 19 Inches
Squid Open year-round No limit No size limit
Scup (Porgy) Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites the Minimum Length is 9 inches May 1 – Dec. 31 30 10 Inches
Scup (Porgy) Anglers aboard licensed
party/charter boats
September 1 – October 31 30 10 Inches
Sea-Run Trout(Brown, Brook, Rainbow) All Year 2 in aggregate 15 Inches
Striped Bass (Inline circle hook required when fishing with bait (does not apply to artificial lures)td>

All Year 1 28-35 Inches
Smooth and Spiny Dogfish Open year-round No limit No size limit
Red Drum (Redfish) Open year-round 1 27 Inches
Summer Flounder(Fluke) (Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites the Minimum Length is 17 inches) May 1 – Oct. 9 4 18.5 Inches
Tautog (Blackfish) April 1 – April 30 2 16 inches
July 1 – August 31 2 16 inches
Oct. 10 – Nov. 28 3 16 inches
Weakfish All Year 1 16 Inches
White Perch All Year 30 7 Inches
Winter Flounder April 1 – Dec. 31 2 12 Inches
Coastal Sharks https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/

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