Fishing in the Long Island Sound

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A comprehensive weekly fishing report maintained by CT DEEP

Local License Guide/ Online License Purchasing

Connecticut Coastal Access Guide

Tips for Better Catch and Release Fishing

 

Popular Fish in the Long Island Sound

From the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Marine Recreational Fisheries Regulations for 2015

Striped Bass: Minimum length: 28 inchesDaily creel limit: 1 fish per anglerOpen Season: Open Year Round

Summer Founder (Fluke): Minimum length: 18 inchesDaily creel limit: 5 fish per anglerOpen Season: May 17 – September 21

Tautog (Blackfish): Minimum length: 16 inchesOpen Season: April 1 – April 30,2 fish per angler

Open Season: July 1 – August 31

2 fish per angler

Open Season: October 10 – Dec. 6

4 fish per angler

Scup (Porgy): Minimum length: 10 inchesDaily creel limit: 30 fish per anglerOpen Season: May 1 – December 1 Bluefish: Minimum length: NoneDaily creel limit: 10 fish per angler (including snappers)Open Season: Open Year Round

 

 

 

Black Sea Bass: Minimum length: 14 inchesOpen Season: June 1 – August 313 fish per angler

Open Season: September 1 – December 31

5 fish per angler

*Excluding Tail Fin Filament (Tendril)

Weakfish (Sea Trout): Minimum length: 16 inchesDaily creel limit: 1 fishOpen Seasonal: Open Year Round

 

 

 

 

Winter Flounder: Minimum length: 12 inchesDaily creel limit: 2 fish per anglerOpen Season: Open April 1 – December 31

 

 

 

 

Hickory Shad/American Shad:
Minimum length: NoneDaily creel limit: 6 fish per angler (Both species in aggregate)Open Season: Open Year Round

*American Shad: all state waters closed, except the Connecticut River


River Herring: Alewife/Blueback Herring: The taking of anadromous alewife and blueback herring is prohibited from all Connecticut waters including Long Island Sound
White Perch: Minimum length: 7 inchesDaily creel limit: 30 fish per anglerOpen Season: Open year round American Eel: Minimum length: 9 inchesDaily creel limit: 25 fish per anglerOpen Season: Open year round
Atlantic Menhaden (Bunker): Minimum length: NoneDaily creel limit: 50 fish per angler of 5 gallons (whichever is the greater amount)Open Season: Open Year Round Atlantic Cod: See below for updated federal regulations
www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs
Haddock:
See below for updated federal regulations
www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs
Pollock:See below for updated federal regulations
www.nero.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/regs

 

 

 

Blue Crab: Minimum shell width (spike tip to spike tip)5 inches- Hard shell3 1/2 inches- Soft shellDaily creel limit: None

Open Season: May 1-November 30