New for 2023

The 2023 fishing season introduces significant changes, particularly in fish size and bag limits to ensure sustainable practices. For Striped Bass, an emergency adjustment has been made effective from 5/26/2023, narrowing the keeper slot range from the initial 28-35 inches down to 28-31 inches. This change reflects a move towards more conservative fishery management for this species.

Scup, often sought after for its taste and fight, sees an increase in the minimum length requirement to 10.5 inches when fishing from a boat, while shore anglers can take advantage of a slightly decreased minimum of 9.5 inches. This dual regulation aims to balance the pressure on the Scup population between different angler groups. The fishing season for Scup is now consistently set from May 1 to December 31, offering a lengthy period for anglers to target this species.

For hire charter boats, which provide access to various species for both novice and experienced anglers, now have specific bag and size limits for Scup. From May 1 to August 31 and again from November 1 to December 31, a 30 fish limit at 10.5 inches minimum length is set. This limit increases to 40 fish during the period from September 1 to October 31, maintaining the 10.5 inches minimum length, providing a seasonal boost to catch opportunities.

Black Sea Bass regulations remain stringent with a minimum length of 16 inches. The season for private boat or shore anglers spans from May 19 to June 23, and again from July 8 to December 1, with a daily limit of 5 fish. There is a brief closure from June 24 to July 7 to protect the species during a critical time. For hire charter boats have a similar season but with a varied bag limit, allowing 5 fish until August 31 and then 7 fish from September 1 to the end of the year, aligning conservation efforts with optimal fishing times.

2023 Fishing Regulations: Species, Sizes, Limits, & Seasons

Effective 2023, anglers should be aware that species regulations may change periodically. For the most accurate and legally binding information, the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies should be consulted. Updates and current regulations are accessible at the official website ( or through direct contact with Marine Fisheries at 860-434-6043.

The Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program remains a pivotal part of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's effort to improve public access and the quality of fishing, particularly in urban areas. This program, designed to encourage outdoor recreation and fishing among people of all ages, offers reduced size limit regulations. This enables both young and seasoned anglers to enjoy fishing, potentially catch their dinner, and still ensure that marine fish conservation objectives are upheld. The program is a testament to balancing recreational opportunities with ecological responsibility, allowing continued enjoyment of marine fisheries resources across Connecticut.

Species Daily Creel Limit Minimum Length Maximum Length Season Notes
Alewife/Blueback Herring Prohibited - - - Taking prohibited in the Marine District
Atlantic Salmon Prohibited - - - Fishing prohibited within the Marine District
American Eel See Inland Regulations - - - -
American Shad See Inland Regulations - - - -
Atlantic Cod No Limit 19 inches - Year-Round Check NOAA for updates
Black Sea Bass 5 16 inches - May 19-Jun 23, Jul 8-Dec 1 Closed Jun 24-Jul 7
Bluefish 3 N/A - Year-Round Includes "snapper blues"
Haddock 6 N/A - Year-Round -
Menhaden (Bunker) 50 fish or 5 gallons, whichever is greater N/A - Year-Round Personal use gill netting license required
Pollock No Limit 19 inches - Year-Round -
Red Drum 1 Up to 27 inches 27 inches Year-Round Must release any over 27 inches
Striped Bass 1 28 inches 31 inches Year-Round Must release any under 28 inches or over 31 inches; inline circle hook required when bait fishing
Scup (Porgy) 30 shore fishing, 10.5 boat fishing 9.5 inches shore, 10.5 inches boat - May 1-Dec 31 Check portal for Party/Charter Boat regulations
Trout (all species) 2 15 inches - Year-Round -
Summer Flounder (Fluke) 4 18.5 inches - May 4-Oct 9 Reduced minimum length of 17 inches at Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Access Sites
Tautog (Blackfish) 2 (Apr 1-Apr 30, Jul 1-Aug 31), 3 (Oct 10-Nov 28) 16 inches - Apr 1-Apr 30, Jul 1-Aug 31, Oct 10-Nov 28 If filleted on board, each fillet must meet minimum size
Weakfish 1 16 inches - Year-Round -
Winter Flounder 2 12 inches - Apr 1-Dec 31 -
Blue Crab N/A Hardshell 5 inches, Softshell 3.5 inches - May 1-Nov 30 Various legal methods specified, restrictions on egg bearing females, possession of claws, etc.
Jonah Crab 50 Crab Daily Limit - - - No license required for personal use
Lobster - - - - Personal use lobster license required
Shellfish (Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops) - - - - Town shellfishing license required for personal use
Squid - - - - No license required when using a squid jig for personal use

Minimum length is measured from the tip of the snout (head) to the end of the tail.

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