REDMOON'S CONNECTICUT FISHING GUIDE


LAWS OF THE LAND


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WARNING!

Although we try our best to show the regulations in an up to date and accurate fashion, you are encouraged to pick up a CT State Anglers Guide and review the laws there for any changes or errors. Redmoon in no way will be held responsible for any violations of these laws by any person(s) who use this guide as a source for the rules and regulations governing fishing in the State of CT.


INLAND LICENSES


Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 years of age or older fishing in the Inland District and are available from any Town Clerk or his agent. Licenses are issued on a calander year basis and expire on December 31st.

RESIDENT
Fishing                                      $15.00                     
Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting      $21.00      
Senior Citizens (65 or older)                 FREE              

NONRESIDENT


Fishing                                                                        
   Season                                    $25.00                       
   Three Day                                  $8.00                        
Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting      $55.00    

MARINE LICENSES


Fishing licenses are not required for anyone sport fishing in the marine district, except for persons taking lobsters for their own personal use. Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, expire on December 31st and are issued by DEP Licensing at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Personal Use Lobster License $50.00 A commercial license is required to take, land (reguardless of were taken) or shell fish, lobsters, blue crabs, squid, sea scallops and bait species from both the inland and marine districts. For futher information on commercial fishing contact DEP Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043 or write to Marine Fisheries Office, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371.


LOST LICENSE

If your fishing license is lost or destroyed, return to the town clerk in the town where you originally purchased the license and submit a duplicate license application with a fee of $1.00. You will receive a temporary (5 Day) certificate. Submit a copy of the duplicate license application with a fee of $4.00 to Licensing, DEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106 and a duplicate license will be issued.


FISH REGULATION CHANGES FOR 1998

INLAND

The following regulation changes have been proposed and and could be in effective during 1998. Contact the Fisheries Division (860) 424-3474 for updated information on their status.

DEFINITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS:

Effective Jan 1, 1998

-adds a definition of barbless hook or barbless fishhook.

SEASON LIMITATIONS:

Effective January 1, 1998

-allows the Commissioner of Enviromental Protection to determine annually, the open season for Atlantic salmon fishing in rivers and streams were Atlantic salmon fishinf is allowed.

-establishes a closed season for fishing, from midnight on on the last day of February through 6:00 a.m. on the third Saturday in April in: Miller's Pond, Durham Pickett's Pond (Osborndale State Park), Derby and Sawmill Pond, Ledyard.

-removes the closed season for fishing in: Harbor Pond, Colchester.

AREA LIMITATIONS:

Effective January 1, 1998

-extends the season for all trout fishing until midnight on the last day in February in: East Twin Lake, Salisbury

-establishes a daily limit of one brown trout in: East Twin Lake, Salisbury

establishes a minimum total length for brown trout of twenty (20) inches in: East Twin Lake, Salisbury

SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREAS:

Effective January 1, 1998

-removes from the list of officialy designated Children's Fishing Areas:

Center Springs Pond, Manchester

-adds to the list of offically designated Children's Fishing areas:

Backwater Pond Thompson

Marine:

-establishes a commercial license for gillnetting menhaden for personal use.

-establishes black sea bass length limit of 9".

-increases lobster pot escape vent size to 1-15/16 inches by 5-3/4 inches rectangular or 2-7/16 inches circular. Effective May 1, 1998.

-increased summer flounder (fluke) sport fishery length limit to 14-1/2 inches.

-increased cod and haddock sport fishery length limit to 21 inches.

-established a combined cod and haddock sreel limit of 10 fish (exempting anglers on party and charter vessels)


DISABLED PERSONS FISHING ACCESS AREAS


These areas/structures provide access with primary use intended for person with disabilities.


ANGUS PARK POND (Eastbury Park), Glastonbury, CT *Trout, Sunfish*

BEAVER BROOK POND (Bibbins Pond), Windham, CT *Trout*

BLACK POND, Meriden, CT *Chain Pickerel, LM Bass, Trout, Bullhead*

BRANFORD RIVER, Branford, CT *Flounder, Snapper Blues*

DAY POND, Colchester, CT/ Near the dam. *Trout, Sunfish*

EAST HAVEN PIER, East Haven, CT *Flounder, Snapper Blues*

FARMINGTON RIVER, Barkhamsted, CT *Trout*

GARDNER LAKE, Bozrah, CT *Bullhead, LM Bass, Trout, SM Bass, Walleye*

HORSE POND, Salem, CT *Bullhead, LM Bass, Trout, Sunfish*

LAKE SALTSONSTALL, East Haven, CT *Trout, LM Bass, Perch, Crappie*

MANSFIELD TRANING POND, Mansfield, CT *Trout*

PACHOUG RIVER, Voluntown, CT *Bullhead, LM Bass, Yellow Perch*

PATACONK LAKE, Chester, CT *Trout, LM Bass, Sunfish*

QUINEBAUG PUBLIC FISHING PONDS, Plainfield, CT *Trout*

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK, East Lyme, CT *Alewives, Blue Crabs, Snappers*

SALMON RIVER FLY AREA, Colchester, CT *Trout*

SCHREEDER POND (Chatfield Hollow Pond) Killingworth, CT *Trout*

SOUTHFORD FALLS POND, Southfield, CT *trout*

SQUANTZ POND, New Fairfield, CT *Trout, LMB, Perch, Bull head, Catfish*

STRATTON BROOK PARK POND, Simsbury, CT *Trout*

THAMES RIVER, Groton, CT *Flounder, Snapper Blues*

THAMES RIVER, Ledyard, CT *Bluefish, snapper Blues, White Perch*

THAMES RIVER, New London, CT *Flounder, Snapper Blues*

WALKERS RESERVOIR, Vernon, CT *Trout*


LANDOWNER LIABILITY RELEASE


Connecticut State Law provides protection from liability to landowners who allow, without a fee, the recreational use of their property.

Sec. 52-557g OWNER OF LAND AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC FOR RECREATION NOT LIABLE WHEN: (b) Except as provided in section 52-557h, an owner of land who, either directly or indirectly, invites or permits without charge, rent, or fee, or any other commercial service any person to use such land or part therof for recreational purpose dose not thereby:

1) Make representation that the premises are saft for any purpose;

2) Confer upon such person who enters or uses such land for such recreational purpose the legal status of an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care is owed;

3) Assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by an act of omission of such owner.

Sec 52-557h. OWNER LIABLE WHEN: Nothing in sections 52-557f to, 52-557i, inclusive, limits in any way the liability of any owner of land which otherwise exists;

a) For willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity;

b) For injury suffered in any case where the owner of land charges the person or persons who enter or go on the land for the recreational use therof, except that, in the case of land leased to the Stae or subdivision thereof, any consideration received by the owner for such lease shall not be deemed a charge within the meaning of this section.


CONNECTICUT STATE RECORDS

SpeciesAnglerSizeLocationDate
American EelCharles J Lobacz10.3Shetucket River1993
American ShadEdward Cypus9.4Connecticut River1981
BluegillDan Gesner2.4Private Pond, Madison1996
Brook trout Sean Wozniak5.14Beaver Brook1994
Brown BullheadJohn Rathbum3Shaw Lake1969
Brown BullheadJohn Bronson3Baumers Pond1981
Brown TroutSamuel Wright16.14East Twin Lake1986
Brown Trout SearunGerald Carden9.13Housatonic River1992
Calico BassJames Boos4Pataganset Lake1974
CarpStephen Woronecki38.8Connecticut River1995
Chain PickerelCharles Loman7.14Wauregan reservoir1969
Channel CatfishRichard Taveras23Lake Quassapaug1996
KokaneeDavid Randolph2.12Highland Lake1976
Lake TroutDr. Thompson29.13Wononscopomuc Lake1918
Largemouth BassFrank Domurat12.14Mashapaug Lake1961
Northern PikeJoseph Nett29Lake Lillnonah1980
PumpkinseedRobyn Rogers1.3Lake Marie1973
rainbow troutJames Ranno, Jr13.9Quonnipaug Lake1994
Rock BassErnie Gonsalves1.3Colebrook resrvoir1989
RockBassJames Bonan1.3Shenipsit Lake1995
Smallmouth BassJoseph Mankauskas, Jr.7.12Shenipsit Lake1980
Tiger TroutWilliam F. Shaw5.12Pootatuck River1988
WalleyeGeorge Britto14.8Candlewood Lake1941
White CatfishRichard S. Junokas12.4Great Hill Pond1986
White PerchDon Loftus, Jr.2.15Candlewood Lake1996
White PerchLawrence Petrocelli2.12Cedar Lake1992
Yellow PerchMiller B Bassett2.13Black Pond1973
CONNECTICUT OFFSHORE FISHING RECORDS
SpeciesAnglerWeightLocationDate
AlbacoreMichael F. Norton668.8Fishtale Canyon1992
Atlantic BonitoOpen
Atlantic CodOpen
Atlantic MackerelOpen
BlackfishOpen
Clask Sea BassOpen
Bluefin TunaLester Debetta770Block Island Sound1990
BluefishOpen
Blue MarlinOpen
Blue SharkRobert H Olsen361Ranger Wreck1993
CunnerJames J. Donnelly III1.12Block Island Sound1989
Mako ShankGregory J. Erisoty650Block Island Sound1987
PollockOpen
Sandbar SharkOpen
ScupKarl O Noyes3.6Block Island Sound1985
Striped BassOpen
Summer FlounderMichael W. Adams14.8Misquamicut Beach1989
SwordfishOpen
WeakfishOpen
White MarlinFrederick Iaslello108.8Block Canyon1988
Winter FlounderSpiros Barberis4.1Block Island Sound1989
Yellow TunaCharels J. Lobacz210.7Block Canyon1991
EXOTIC MARINE SPECIES
Gray Triggerfish ScallopedRaymond LaBant3.2Niantic River1993
Hammerhead SharkRichard Bonacccorsi235Block Island Sound1982


INLAND FISHERIES INFORMATION

CHILDREN"S FISHING AREAS

The streams and ponds listed below by town are restricted to angling by children under 16 years of age. All fishing areas are indicated by posters.

STREAMS

Children's trout streams are open from 6:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of April through November 30th.

PUTNAM: Quinebaug River, within town park.

ORANGE: Wepawaug River, from old New Haven-Derby R.R. upstream 2 miles.

SHELTON: Indian Hole Brook, from the falls in Indian Wells Stae Park downstream to the R.R. bridge.

PONDS

Children's ponds are open to angling from 6:00 a.m. on the third saturday in April through November 30th, except as noted below.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT PONDS


BROOKLYN: Basset Pond

EAST WINDSOR: Butternut Pond-(Closes October 31)

GLASTONBURY: Pasture Pond

MANCHESTER: Center Springs Pond

PLAINFIELD: Pasture Pond (Quinebqug Valley Hatchery) Cloese Sept. 30th.

PUTNAM: Hurlburt Pond

STAFFORD: Hyde Park Pond

THOMPSON: Lilly Pond.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT PONDS


ANSONIA: Abe Stone Park Pond (Colony Park Road)

BRISTOL: Page Park Pond

EASTON: Helen Keller School Pond

FAIRFIELD: Gould Manor Pond

MILFORD: City Hall Pond North Street Pond

MERIDEN: Mirror Lake (Hubbard Park Pond)

NEW BRITAIN: Stanley Quarter Pond

NEW HAVEN: Edgewood Park Pond

NEWINGTON: Mill Pond

SALISBURY: Factory Pond

SEYMOR: Sochrin Pond

TORRINGTON: Clark Pond (Besse Pond)

TRUMBULL: Katz Pond

WATERBURY: Lower Fulton Park Pond

WEST HARTFORD: Beachland Pond, Fernridge Park Pond, McGovern Pond

WETHERSFIELD: Mill Woods Park Pond

WINDSOR: Stroh Pond, Washington PArk Pond

WINDSOR LOCKS: Upper Bassin Pond.


TROUT MANAGEMENT AREAS


Trout Management Areas are established to allow the implemtetion of special management concepts in areas judged to be excellent trout habitat. The ultimate goal is to enhance recreational fiishing and provide a variety of opportunities for Connecticut's trout anglers.


FISH MANAGEMENT INFORMATION


ATLANTIC SALMON

The DEP Fisheries Division is involved in an effort to restore Atlantic salmon to the CT River and selected tributaries. This effort in CT includes: operation of the Kensington Atlantic Salmon Hatchery; release of juvenile salmon into the Farmington and Salmon River systems; operation of fish passage facilities at Rainbow Dam on the Farmington River, on the Eight Mile River and at Leesiville Dam on the Salmon River; collection of adult salmon that return to these fishways; and operation of an adult holding facility on the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. In addition, the DEP is a member of the CT River Atlantic Salmon Commission, a compact of the CT River basin states created by legislation in each state and ratified by the U.S. Congress. The Commission is charged with the management of Atlantic salmon and has the authority to regulate the harvest of salmon in the main stem of the CT River. The returns of adult improve when larger numbers of young salmon migrate from the river to feeding grounds in the open ocean. A DEP fry stocking program releases newly hatched fish . The young fish grow to 3 to 5 inches parr which closely resemble trout except for their deeply forked tails. Up to two years after release from our Kensington Hatchery as fry, young salmon (smolts) turn silver at lengths of from 5 to 9 inches. As they prepare for their spring migration, salmon smolts are present in large numbers. Unfortunately the smolts are very aggressive and easily caught. In order to provide maximum protection, DEP has placed a length limit on trout (and salmon) of nine inches in the areas where salmon smolts may be found. Since salmon smolts congregate in large schools during their migration, anglers are urged to leave an area where they are catching numbers of trout-like fish under nine inches. The cooperation of every angler is necessary if the Atlantic salmon restoration program is to succeed.


KOKANEE

Kokanee are landlocked cousins of the larger, sockeye salmon that return from the Pacific ocean to spawn in west coast rivers. How they came to East Twin Lake is unknown, but they have supported fisheries of varying importance for more than fifty years in CT. Each autumn, adult kokanee are tarpnetted from East Twin Lake, West Hill Pond and Lake Wononscopomuc, Salisbury and transported to the Burligton State Trout Hatchery for spawning. There, the eggs are incubated and the resulting fry reared until late May. They are then stocked into three lakes. Within three summers, the fry grow into adult salmon 10-16 inches long. In the past, this cost effective management effort has created a highly productive and important fishery at East Twin Lake and small fisheries at West Hill Pond and Lake Wononscopomuc. Recently, however, alewives were illegally introduced into East Twin Lake. These small shad-like fish have become very abundant, and are out-competing the kokanee for food. Survival and growth of kokanee have become so reduced that they can no longer support a recreational fishery.

The Fisheries Division is attempting to control alewife numbers by increasing the poulation of large brown trout in East Twin Lake. Brown trout are iscivores and the alewife is a favored prey item. Beginning in 1993, all brown trout equal to or greater than (14) inches and less than (22) inches must be released, without avoidable injury. In addition, the open season for brown trout in East Twin Lake is from 6:00 A.M. on the third Saturday in April through May 31st. Once alwives are controlled, it is hoped that the kokanee fishery in East Twin Lake can be restored.


NORTHEN PIKE

The northern pike is a coolwater species that is not native to Connecticut. This species is the largest of out freash water gamefish and has reached a record weight of 29 pounds. Northern pike are closely related to the more commonly found native chain pickerel. The two species can be identified by chainlike markings on the chain pickerel and the white spots on the pike, but are most easily seperated by the fact that pike have scales only on the top half of the gill covers. Fishable pike poulation are currently found in Bantam Lake and in the CT River. In 1992 pike were introduced into Mansfield Hollow Reservoir in hopes of developing a fishery. Angler reports of pike captures are on the increase at Mansfield Hollow. the Fisheries Division maintains and manages several spawning marshes for pike. There is no closed season for northern pike, except in Bantam Lake and its tributaries where the closed season is from March 1- April 30. Statewide daily creel limit is (2) fish and the minimum length limit is 24 inches. In Bantam Lake and its tributaires the daily creel limit is (1) fish and the minimum length limit is 36 inches, during the period December 1 through the last day in February.


TROUT STOCKING

The DEP Fisheries Division produces aproximately 800,000 catchable trout each year for distribution into the public waters of the state. All waters open to public fishing and suitable for trout are stocked. Catchable trout are defined as yearlings-from six to eight inches long-and adults-from nine to twelve inches long. It has been determined that most suitable trout for most CT waters is the brown trout which make up about 65% of our hatchery production. The remaining production includes 20% rainbow trout and 15% brook trout.

Springtime trout distribution begins in early March and is generally completed by the end of May with a total of 308 rivers and streams and 82 lakes and ponds receiving fish. Major streams and lakes are stocked preseason and at least once during the season. Aproximately 60% of the distribution is complete prior to the opening of the fishing season. Aproximately 20 lakes and 18 rivers and streams are stocked again in October to provide for fall trout fishing. The numbers of fish stocked in each location depends on total trout production, area open to the public, habitat quality and fishing pressure. An annual report of the previous year's trout distribution is available on request.

Public visitation is welcome at DEP trout hatcheries. For further info call the Burlington Valley (Plainfield) Trout Hatchery at (860) 564-7542.


CLOSED SEASONS & LEGAL METHODS & LIMITS

SpeciesClosed SeasonLegal MethodsAreasMinimum LengthDaily Limit
Alewives/HearingWeekly closure(p)Angling, Snagging(b)Rivers & Streams (c)None25(d)
June 16-March 31(a)Scoop Net(r)All Areas (c)
No Closed Season(a)Angling(b)Lakes-Ponds
American Shad(e)July 1-April 18(a)AnglingAll AreasNone6
Black BassNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Ice FishingLakes-Ponds (c)12"(f)6(d)
(a)Rivers-StreamsNone(g)6(d)
Carp,SuckersNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Bobbing,Ice FishingAll AreasNoneNo Limit
Eels,LampreysNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Bobbing,Ice FishingAll AreasNoneNo Limit
Bow & Arrow(h),Spearing(h)
Chain PickerelNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Ice FishingLakes-Ponds (c)15"6
Rivers-StreamsNoneNo Limit
KokaneeMarch1-April18(a)Angling, Ice FishingAll AreasNone8*
Northern PikeNo Closed Season(a,i)Angling, Ice FishingAll Areas26"(j)2(k)
PanfishNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Ice Fishing, Bobbingall AreasNoneNo Limit
SmeltNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Ice Fishing(q)Lakes-Ponds (c)None50
Rivers-Streams(i)None2 gal.
Striped BassNo Closed Season(a)Angling(m)All Areas28"(n)2
TroutMarch 1-April 18(a)Angling, Ice FishingAll AreasNone(o)5*(o)
WalleyeNo Closed Season(a)Angling, Ice FishingAll Areas15"5

THE TAKING OF ATLANTIC SALMON IS PROHIBITED**

THE TAKING OF STURGEON IS PROHIBITED

(a) During any area closed season, fishing for these species is PROHIBITED. See AREA CLOSED SEASONS below for details.

(b) Snagging is legal only in streams and stream sections open year round.

(c) Taking alewives and blueback herring from the section of Bride Brook, East Lyme, extending from the dam at Brides Pond down stream to Bride Brook Road is prohibited.

(d) Both species in aggregate.

(e) In the Pawcatuck River, the open season for shad is as determined by Rhode Island regulations and the daily limit is one.

(f) Bass Management Areas. In addition to the provisions of section 26-112-45, slot length provisions shall apply in Lake Chamberlain and the Maltby Lakes. For the purposes of this subsection, slot limit lengths shall mean the lengths between which fish may not be retained. ALL fish BOTH equal to or greater than the lower limit and less than the upper limit must be released, without avoidable injury, to the waters from which taken. See Bass Management Areas for added details.

(g) In the Connecticut River and its coves, the minimum length for black bass is 2.

(h) In stream sections stocked with trout, the use of bow and arrow or spears is prohibited. Spearing is prohibited in lakes and ponds.

(i) There is no closed season for northern pike, except in Bantam Lake, Litchfield-Morris, and its tributaries where the closed season is from March 1-April 30.

(j) In the Connecticut River and its coves, the minimum length for northern pike is 36, during the period December 1 through the last day in February.

(k) in Bantam Lake, Litchfield-Morris, and its tributaries the daily creel limit for northern pike is one (1), during the period December 1 through the last day in February.

(l) Taking of smelt from tributaries to Shenipsit Lake and West Hill Pond is prohibited.

(m) The use of a gaff and spear fishing in the taking of striped bass are prohibited.

(n) No person shall bring ashore or possess on the waters of this state any striped bass from which the head or tail has been removed or that has otherwise been rendered incapable of being identified or measured.

(o) See "Lakes and Ponds", "Major Trout Streams" and "Streams Open to Fishing Throughout the Year" for exceptions.

* The daily limit of trout and kokanee, when taken in a combination of lakes, ponds and streams may not exceed eight in the aggregate, of which not more than 5 may be trout.

**Selected areas may be opened during 1997 for the taking of surplus broodstock Atlantic salmon. Details on such fisheries will be announced.

(p) Weekly closure from Saturday midnight Tuesday midnight except in lakes, ponds, and mainstreams of the Connecticut River, Housatonic River, and the Shetucket River to the base of the Greenville Dam.

(q)Scoop net in rivers and streams only.

(r)Dimensions of scoop net-Hoop may be no larger than 36" in diameter. Mesh bag may be no more than 36" to end of bag. Must be flexable Mesh. No metal or plastic mesh.


SPECIES CLOSED SEASONS, LEGAL METHODS AND LEGAL LIMITS

Kind of Fish

Closed Season

Legal Methods

Areas

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Alewives/

Blueback

Weekly Closures(A)

Angling, Snagging

All Areas

None

25(B)

Herring

 

Scoop Net, Cast Net

     

American Eel

No Closed Season

Angling, Snagging, (Eel Pot(C))

All Areas

None

None

Atlantic Cod(H)

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

19"**

None

Atlantic Salmon

The Taking of

Atlantic

Salmon is

Prohibited

 

Blackfish

(Tautog)

May 1-June 14

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

14"**

4

Black Sea Bass

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

9"

None

Bluefish

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

None

10(D)

Glass Eels

American eels under 4"

Commercial

Finfish License

required

   

Haddock*

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

19"**

None

Pollock*

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

19"**

None

Scup (Porgy)

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

8"**

None

Sharks, Tunas,

and other Large

Pelagic Species

***

   

Striped Bass

No Closed Season

Angling(E)

All Areas

28"**(F)

2

Summer Flounder

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

14"**(G)

6

Trout

(brook-brown rainbow)

No Closed Season

Angling

All Areas

15"**

2(B)

Weakfish

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

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16"**

None

Winter Flounder

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

12"**

8

Yellowtail Flounder*

No Closed Season

Angling, Spear fishing

All Areas

13"**

None

**Length is measured from tip of snout to end of tail (total length).

(A)Weekly closure from Saturday midnight to Tuesday midnight except in the mainstems of the Connecticut River, Housatonic River, and the Thames River south of the marine demarcation lines.

(B)All species in aggregate.

(C)Limited to two (2) pots per person, personal use only. No limitations on dimensions or mesh size.

(D)"Snapper" bluefish are included as part of daily creel limit.

(E)The use of a gaff in the taking of striped bass is prohibited. Spear fishing prohibited.

(F)No person shall bring ashore or possess on the waters of this state any striped bass from which the head or tail has bee removed or that has otherwise been rendered incapable of being identified or measured.

(G)Fillets or rack (skeleton) of fish filleted on the water must meet or exceed the minimum length limit.

(H)Fishing regulations concerning this species may change (see Fishing Regulation Changes).

***Regulations regarding these species frequently change, please contact the National Marine Fisheries Service, Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (301)713-2347 for updated information regarding regulations. Bluefin tuna permit inquiries can be made at (508)281-9353 and the Cooperative Gamefish Tagging Program at 1-800-437-3936.