2013 MA Fishing Regulations

Listed below are the MA Saltwater Fishing Regulations for 2013, as put out by NOAA Fisheries and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. In addition to listing saltwater fishing regulations and requiring recreational saltwater fishing licenses, the Mass DMF also advises recreational fishermen to act as responsible stewards of the fishery. Tips include practicing proper handling and releasing of catches, using circle, wide-gap and barbless hooks to prevent lethal harm, and carefully releasing unwanted catches. More tips can be found here.

 

2013 MA Fishing Regulations
Species Size Catch Limit Season
Striped Bass 2 Fish 28″ minimum”
Bluefish 10 Fish No Size
Fluke (Summer Flounder) 5 Fish 16″ minimum May 22 – Sep 30
Winter Flounder/Blackback (South of Cape Cod) 2 Fish 12″ minimum Apr 27 – May 26
Sep 28 – Oct 27
Winter Flounder/Blackback (Canal & north of Cape Cod) 8 Fish 12″ minimum
Scup (Porgy) 30 Fish 10″ minimum May 1 – Dec 31
Black Seabass 4 Fish 14″ minimum May 11 – Oct 31
Tautog (Blackfish) 3 Fish 16″ minimum
Weakfish 1 Fish 16″ minimum
Atlantic Cod (North of Cape Cod to Maine) 9 Fish 19″ minimum April 16 – Oct 31
Atlantic Cod (South and East of Cape Cod) 10 Fish 22″ minimum
Haddock No Daily Catch Limit 18″ minimum
Pollock (MA Waters) No Daily Catch Limit No Size Limit
Pollock (Federal Waters) No Daily Catch Limit 19″ Minimum
Bluefin Tuna 1 Fish 27″ – 73″ (permit required)

 
 

 

Striped Bass

2 Fish 28″ minimum

 

 

Bluefish

10 Fish No Size

 

 

Fluke (Summer Flounder)

5 Fish 16″ minimum May 22 – Sep 30

 

 

Winter Flounder (Blackbacks)

South of Cape Cod
2 Fish 12″ minimum Apr 27 – May 26
Sep 28 – Oct 27

 

Canal & North of Cape Cod
8 Fish 12″ minimum

 

 

Scup (Porgy)

30 Fish 10″ minimum May 1 – Dec 31

 

 

Black Sea Bass

4 Fish 14″ minimum May 11 – Oct 31

 

 

Tautog (Blackfish)

3 Fish 16″

 

 

Weakfish

1 Fish 16″ minimum

 

 

Atlantic Cod

North of Cape Cod to Maine
9 Fish 19″ minimum April 16 – Oct 31

 

South and East of Cape Cod
10 Fish 22″ minimum

 

 

Haddock

No Daily Catch Limit 18″ minimum

 

 

Pollock

MA Waters No Daily Catch Limit No minimum size

 

Federal Waters 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

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
(617) 626-1520
www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
(617) 626-1590 (Freshwater regulations)
www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/dfw_toc.htm