2013 CT Fishing Regulations

Listed below are the CT Saltwater Fishing Regulations for 2013 as put out by NOAA Fisheries and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. CT DEEP provides a number of resources on its website, including online saltwater license renewal, fishing tournament information, photo galleries and fishing reports in addition to its freshwater and saltwater regulations for 2013.
 

2013 CT Fishing Regulations
Species Size Catch Limit Season
Striped Bass 2 Fish 28″ minimum
Bluefish 10 Fish No Size
Fluke (Summer Flounder 5 Fish 17.5″ minimum (16″ at certain shore sites) May 15 – Oct 31
Winter Flounder (Blackback) 2 Fish 12″ minimum Apr 1 – May 30
Sep 28 – Oct 27
Scup (Porgy) 20 Fish 10.5″ minimum May 1 – Dec 31
Black Seabass 3 Fish 13″ minimum June 15 – Aug 31
Black Seabass 8 Fish 13″ minimum Sep 1 – Oct 29
Tautog (Blackfish) 2 Fish 16″ Apr 15 – Apr 31, Aug 1 – Oct 18
Tautog (Blackfish) 2 Fish 16″ Jul 1 – Aug 31
Tautog (Blackfish) 4 Fish 16″ Oct 10 – Dec 6
Weakfish 1 Fish 16″ minimum
Atlantic Cod 10 Fish 22″ minimum
Haddock No Daily Catch Limit 18″
Pollock No Daily Catch Limit 19″ minimum
Bluefin Tuna 1 Fish per Vessel per Day 27″ – 73″ (permit required)

 

 

Striped Bass

2 Fish 28″ minimum

 

 

Bluefish

10 Fish No Size

 

 

Fluke (Summer Flounder)

5 Fish 17.5″ minimum (16″ at certain shore sites) May 15 – Oct 31

 

 

Winter Flounder (Blackbacks)

2 Fish 12″ minimum Apr 1 – May 30

 

 

Scup (Porgy)

20 Fish 10.5″ minimum May 1 – Dec 31

 

 

Black Sea Bass

3 Fish 13″ minimum June 15 – Aug 31
8 Fish 13″ minimum Sep 1 – Oct 29

 

 

Tautog (Blackfish)

2 Fish 16″ Apr 1 – April 30, Jul 1 – Aug 31
4 Fish 16″ Oct 10 – Dec 6

 

 

Weakfish

1 Fish 16″ minimum

 

 

Atlantic Cod

10 Fish 22″ minimum

 

 

Haddock

No Daily Catch Limit 18″

 

 

Pollock

No Daily Catch Limit 19″ minimum

 

 

Bluefin Tuna

1 Fish per Private Vessel per Day 27″ – 73″ (permit required)

 

Links/Resources

Regulations are subject to change! Please double-check with the appropriate regulatory agency before fishing:

Federal Fisheries Regulations
NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast
(978) 281-9300
www.nero.noaa.gov

NMFS Permit Shop
Buy permits, check regulations and report catch of tunas, billfish and sharks.
www.nmfspermits.com

CT Bureau of Natural Resources
Fisheries Division (860) 424-3000
www.dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/fishing/fdhome.htm