Atlantic & Gulf States Regulations

Created on March 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Admin

Saltwater Fishing Limits and Restrictions

While this information is believed to be current as of May 30, 2017, ALL FISHING REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO FREQUENT CHANGES BY FEDERAL AND VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES, THEREFORE COASTAL FISHING VIDEOS CANNOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY THROUGH YOUR USE OF THIS INFORMATIONIt is provided as an aid and links to the various regulatory sites are provided for you to utilize and it is suggested that you check for the latest information. Some states change site locations, so the links cannot be guaranteed to work.

The northeast states tend to issue new regulations on March 1st, so check back after that date for any changes that may take affect.

The main purpose in providing this information is to minimize the outcry that sometimes occur when people see “illegal” fish being taken or “too many” fish being retained.  What may be illegal in one state may be perfectly legal in another!  THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL FISH LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS.

It should also be noted that ALL Atlantic coast states require a saltwater recreational fishing license and some also require registration under additional programs, such as the National Saltwater Angler registry through NOAA.  Most states include registration with NOAA as part of the state licensing.  Again, please become familiar with all fishing rules and regulations where ever you intend to fish.

 

Maine:

Who needs to register for Maine’s new saltwater registry?

Maine residents, do you have a valid Maine freshwater fishing license?

If you do, there is a check box on the freshwater application form for you to indicate you saltwater fish.  Check that box and you are allowed to recreation-ally saltwater fish in Maine, unless you hold a Resident Lifetime License and are 65 years of age or older.  In that case, you will have to register annually for Maine’s saltwater registry by following the instructions in the paragraph below.

If you are a Maine resident and you do not have a valid Maine freshwater license, then you must register for a saltwater license. This can be done at www.maine.gov/saltwater ($1.00), the DMR office, 2 Beech St., Hallowell, ME 04347, or by any appointed Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agent ($2.00).

 

Non-Maine residents, do you have a valid Maine freshwater fishing license?

If you do, there is a check box on the freshwater application form for you to indicate you saltwater fish.  Check that box and you are allowed to recreation-ally saltwater fish in Maine. If you are registered to engage in saltwater recreational fishing in another state, or with the National Registry, you are allowed to recreation-ally saltwater fish in Maine. If none of this applies, you may register by going to www.maine.gov/saltwater ($1.00), going to the DMR office, 2 Beech St., Hallowell, ME 04347, or by any appointed Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agent ($2.00).

 

There are some exceptions for both residents and non-residents. You do not need to register if:

  • You are under 16 years of age
  • You are a passenger on board a for-hire (headboat/charterboat) vessel that holds a recreational operators license
  • You are renting a smelt fishing camp from someone that holds a recreational operators license
  • You are fishing from a dock, pier or wharf that is owned by someone holding a recreational operators license
  • You are a Maine resident fishing on July 4th, Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend
  • You hold a valid saltwater license or registration from another state
  • You are registered on the National Saltwater Angler registry through NOAA
  • You are a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs
  • You have a valid commercial license and you have checked that you recreation-ally saltwater fish

There is no exception for Resident Lifetime License holders 65 years of age or older.  These license holders are required to register for a saltwater fishing license every year.

    For striped bass: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/laws-regulations/regulations/documents/dmrchapter42_05132015version.pdf

Striped bass: Limit 1 per person/day; fish must be 28″ or greater in TL*.  This is a change for 2016.

Open season: January 1 thru December 31, inclusive.

From May 1 through June 30, inclusive. Fishing in this area is restricted to single hooked* artificial lures only and use of or possession of marine bait, dead or alive, is prohibited.  This is a Catch & Release Only period for the Kennebec Area.

For 2014, some new laws regarding striped bass go into effect, such as mandatory use of circle hooks (treble hooks are banned when using bait).

    For other than striped bass:

Red drum: This is not a regulated fish in ME.

Bluefish:  Limit of 3 per person/day; no size limits; must use circle hooks with bait, no more than 2 treble hooks with lures.

Speckled trout:  This is not a regulated fish in ME.

 

New Hampshire:

A saltwater recreational fishing license is required for everyone older than 16-years of age.  This also includes seniors who are 68-years an older due to needing their information for the National Saltwater Angler Registry and the associated fee.  The cost of the annual license for residents and non-residents alike is $11.00 (includes $1 agent’s fee).

Reciprocity:

Resident anglers possessing a valid NH Recreational Saltwater License can legally fish in all tidal and estuarine areas of Massachusetts and in Maine. Reciprocity will be granted in NH for those nonresident anglers possessing a valid Maine or Mass. saltwater license.

http://www.eregulations.com/newhampshire/fishing/saltwater/recreational-saltwater-fishing-finfish/

Bluefish:  Limit of 10 per person/day; no minimum size restrictions.

Striped Bass:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 28″.

Flounder:  There are separate size and catch limits on summer, winter, and yellow-tail flounder, so make sure you know the difference between them.

Massachusetts:

http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/fishing/saltwater/recreational-saltwater-fishing-regulations/

Massachusetts requires a saltwater fishing permit for anyone over 16-years of age.  Cost of the permit is $10 for residents and non-residents alike.  People over the age of 60 must also have a fishing permit, but there is no charge to get one.

Reciprocity:

  • All permitted MA residents may fish in the three neighboring coastal states (NH, RI, CT)
  • Permitted fishermen from these three neighboring coastal states may also fish in MA waters

Bluefish:  Limit of 10 per person/day; no minimum size.

Fluke: Limit of 4 per person/day; minimum size of 17″.  Open season: May 22 – Sept 23.

Striped Bass:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 28″.

Tautog:  3 fish per person/day; 16″ minimum size.

Weakfish/Gray trout: 1 fish per person/day; 16″ minimum size.

Redfish: No minimum size, no catch limit.

Rhode Island:

http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/marine-fisheries/mfsizes.php#recre

Redfish:  Not a regulated fish in Rhode Island.

Striped bass:  Limit of 1 per person/day, minimum size of 28″

Striped Bass Fin Clipping: All striped bass 34 inches or larger harvested recreationally must have the entire right pectoral fin removed at the time of harvest.

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day, no minimum size restrictions.

Speckled trout:  This is not a regulated fish in RI

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size 16″ TL*.

Black drum:  This is not a regulated fish in RI

Flounder: There are separate size and possession limits on Winter, Witch, and Yellowtail Flounder; follow link for further information.

Tautog:  

  • Limit of 3 per person/day, Apr 15 – May 31, and Aug 1 – Oct 14,
  • 6 per person/day limit Oct 15 – Dec 15,
  • CLOSED June 1 thru July 31;
  • minimum size 16″ TL*.

 

Connecticut:

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322740&deepNav_GID=1647

Red drum: This is not a regulated fish in CT.

Striped bass:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size 28″ TL*.

Bluefish:  Limit 10 per person/day (including snappers); no minimum size restrictions.

Speckled trout:  This is not a regulated fish in CT.

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 16″ TL*.

Black drum:  This is not a regulated fish in CT.

Tautog/Blackfish: Limit of 2 per person/day Apr 1 – Apr 30 and July 1 – Aug 31; limit of 4 per person/day Oct 10 – Dec 6, minimum size 16″ TL*.

Flounder:  There are different seasons and limits for Summer and Winter Flounder; follow link to view.

Follow link above for additional restrictions on other fish including Porgy, Black Sea Bass, Cod, Haddock, and Pollock.

 

New York:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html

Red drum:  No limit on fish under 27″ (no minimum size), No fish over 27″ may be kept, TL*

Striped bass:  Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge, 1 fish per person/day, 18-28″ TL* OR over 40″ TL* Open season: Apr 1 – Nov 30

Marine waters (south of George Washington Bridge), 1 fish per person/day 28″ minimum size TL*  Open season: Apr 15 – Dec 15

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day; No minimum size for first 10 fish, minimum of 12″ TL* for the next 5.

Speckled trout:  This is not a regulated fish in NY.

Weakfish/Gray trout: Limit of 1 per person/day, size restrictions are 16″ TL* or 10″ filleted or 12″ dressed.

Black drum:  This is not a regulated fish in NY.

Tautog/Blackfish: Limit of 4 per person/day, minimum size of 16″ TL*.  Open season: Oct 5 – Dec 14th.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day, minimum size of 14″TL*.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day, minimum size of 37″ TL.

Flounder:  Separate seasons and limits for Winter and Summer flounder; follow link for information.

 

New Jersey:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2017/maregsum17.pdf

Red drum: Limit 1 per person/day, slot size 18-27″ TL*

Striped bass or Hybrid Striped bass:  Limit of 1 fish per person/day between 28″ and 43″ and 1 fish per person/day over 43″ TL*.

Atlantic ocean out to 3 mile limit, no closed season.  Greater than 3 miles out, closed.  Delaware river & tributaries (Calhoun St. bridge), Trenton, to Salem river & tributaries, Open Mar 1 – 31 and June 1 – Dec 31.  All other marine waters open Mar 1 – Dec 31.

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day; no minimum size restrictions.

Speckled trout:  This is not a regulated fish in NJ.

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 13″ TL*.

Black drum:  Limit of 3 per person/day; minimum size of 16″ TL*.

Tautog/Blackfish: Minimum size of 15″ TL*.

  • Limit of 4 per person/day Jan 1 – Feb 28, Apr 1 – 30,
  • Limit of 1 per person/day July 17 – Nov 15,
  • Limit of 6 per person/day Nov 16th – Dec 31.

Follow link above for restrictions on Winter and Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Pollock and others.

Delaware:

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/RecFishSizeSeasonCreel.aspx

Red drum: Limit 5 per person/day; slot size 20-27″ TL*

Special note: The Division of Parks and Recreation surf fishing beaches are located in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Park, and on Beach Plum Island. Special restrictions and regulations apply to these areas. For more information contact the Division of Parks and Recreation, (302) 739-9220.

Striped bass:  Limit 2 per person/day; slot limit of 28-37″or 44″ or greater EXCEPT 20-25″ may be kept on Delaware river, Delaware Bay & tributaries between July 1 and Aug 31 (DE waters only).  NOTECatch and Release ONLY on spawning grounds Apr 1 – May 31.

Bluefish:  Limit of 10 per person/day, no minimum size restrictions.

Speckled trout:  No limits; 12″ minimum size restriction.

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 13″ TL*.

Spanish Mackeral: Limit of 15 per person/day, minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Black drum:   Limit of 3 per person/day; minimum size of 16″ TL*.

Croaker:  No catch limit; minimum size of 8″*TL.

Tautog:  15″ minimum size *TL; limit of 5 per person/day Jan 1 – Mar 31, July 17-Aug 31, and Sept. 29 – Dec. 31; and a limit of 3 per person/day Apr 1-May 11.

Flounder:  Separate seasons and limits for winter and summer flounder; follow link above.

Maryland:

http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/seasons-minimum-sizes-daily-creel-possession-limits/

Note: Maryland has numerous fishing licenses and fees (too numerous to list here), including non-tidal @20.50 sport fishing licenses, as well as, Resident Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License @ $15.  Licenses are valid Jan 1 thru Dec 31.

Red drum: Limit 1 per person/day; slot size 18-27″ TL*

Striped bassRegulations and exceptions get particularly complicated in Maryland and I strongly suggest you go to http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/striped-bass-4/  and read it thoroughly if you intend on fishing for striped bass in MD.  Generally, 2 per person/day; minimum size 28″ in coastal bay, coastal bay tributaries and Atlantic ocean.  However, there are some pre-season (Dec 16 5:00 am – Apr 21) Catch & Release rules that apply as well.  Then, there are the Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Season rules (Apr 21 to May 15 & May 16 – May 31) and the Summer/Fall Season rules (June 1 – Dec 15).

Bluefish:  Coastal Bays & tributaries and Atlantic ocean, limit 10 per person/day, 8″ minimum size TL*.

Speckled trout:  Limit of 4 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Chesapeake Bay & its tributaries limit of 1 per person/day; minimum of 13″ TL*.

Black drum:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 16″ TL*.

Cobia: Not a regulated fish in Maryland.

Croakers:  Limit of 25 per person/day; minimum size of 9″ TL*.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Please follow link above for the latest information on Maryland tidal fishing regulations.

Virginia:

https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/reports/swrecfishingrules.php

Red drum: Limit 3 per person/day; slot size 18-26″ TL*  Virginia Red Drum Regulations

Striped bass:  Not to be outdone by neighboring Maryland, VA also has its split seasons with varying size limits, so once again I urge you to follow the link (Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq) and familiarize yourself with their specific rules if a VA striped bass trip is on your agenda.  And once again, there are different rules for coastal fishing and Chesapeake Bay & its tributaries.

Coastal striped bass rules are as follows:  Jan 1 – Mar 31 & May 16 – Dec 31,  you are allowed 1 fish per person/day with a minimum of 28″ TL*.  There is also a coastal trophy season (May 1 – May 15), which has its own set of rules and regulations.  Virginia Striped Bass Regulations

There are separate seasons and limits for the Chesapeake and Potomac River areas.   Slot size limit of 20″-28″.

Bluefish:  Limit of 10 per person/day, no minimum size restrictions.  Virginia Bluefish Regulations

Speckled trout:  Limit of 5 per person/day, minimum size of 14″ TL*.   Virginia Speckled-Trout Regulations

Weakfish/Grey trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.  Virginia Grey Trout Regulations

Black drum:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 16″ TL*.  Virginia Black Drum Regulations

Cobia:  Limit of 1 per person/day, minimum size of 37″ TL*.

Season: June 1 to Sept 15, 2017.

King Mackerel:  Limit of 3 per person/day; minimum size of 27″ FL*.

Spanish Mackerel: Limit of 15 per person/day, minimum size of 14″ FL*.

Summer Flounder/Fluke:  Limit of 4 per person/day, minimum size of 16″ TL*.

Tautog:  Limit of 3 per person/day, minimum size of 16″ TL*; season CLOSED May 1 -Sept 19, 2015.

North Carolina:

The NCDENR is introducing penalties including suspensions/revocations/re-issuances of coastal recreational fishing licenses beginning Oct 1, 2012.  Follow this link to the post showing their PRESS RELEASE.

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits

Cobia: Limit of 1 per person/day, minimum size of 36″.  Closed until 4/30/18!  This is a change for 2017.

Red Drum: Limit 1 per person/day; slot size of 18-27″ TL*.

Striped bass:  Coastal fishing regulations limit 2 fish per person/day; minimum size of 28″.  There are inland/estuary areas that each have their own set of seasons and rules which range from catch & release only (Cape Fear river) to 1-3 fish limits with 18″ minimums in-season.  Follow this link to view NC striped bass information.

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day, no minimum restrictions but only 5 of the 15 may be 24″ TL* or greater.

Flounder (all species): Limit of 4 per person/day, minimum size of 15″ TL*.

Speckled trout:  Limit of 4 per person/day, minimum size of 14″ TL*.  (Note: Probably more than any other state, NC frequently changes both size and bag limits, so always check the website for the latest info.)

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Black drum:  Limit of 10 fish per person/day, a slot of 14″ to 25″ (TL), with 1 fish over 25″ is permitted as part of the 10 fish limit.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ FL*.  (*Fork Length, tip of nose to the fork in the tail.)

 

South Carolina:

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/saltwaterfishing.pdf

Red drum: Limit 3 per person/day; slot size of 15-23″ TL*.  (May not be harvested by gig Dec – Feb)

Striped bass: 3 fish per person/day: Oct. 1 – May 31, except in lower reach of the Savannah River (2 per person per day year round); 26 inch TL* except in lower reach of the Savannah River (27 inch TL*).  Closed June 1 – Sept 30.

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day; no minimum size restrictions.

Speckled trout:  Limit of 10 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.  (May not be harvested by gig Dec – Feb)

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Black drum:   Limit of 5 per person/day; slot size of 14-27″ TL*.

Flounder (all types): Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Atlantic Croaker, Spot, and Whiting (sea mullet, kingfish):  Combined total of 50 per person/day.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day, minimum size of 12″ FL*.

Cobia:  Limit of 1 per person/day  (In state waters south of 032° 31.0 N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island);

2 per  person/day (Federal waters and all other SC state waters).   Minimum size of 33″ FL*.

Georgia:

Required Saltwater Information Program permit:

Anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in saltwater after February 28th needs a FREE, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit. The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Current SIP permits expired on February 28, 2014. New permits are available starting March 1, 2014 and will be valid until the end of February 2015.

As of March 1, 2014, the SIP permit will be available from any current license vendor or can be obtained using the Online License System for Georgia DNR or by telephone at 1-800-366-2661 (M-F 8am – 8pm; Sat/Sun 9am – 5pm). For more information, and a tool to find license vendors in your area, visit www.CoastalGaDNR.org/SIP. Anglers who hold a lifetime or senior license must also obtain the paper version of the SIP permit using one of the three methods listed above.

You can download a pdf and find the saltwater fishing catch limits at the follow link:

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/pdf/FishingRegs/17GAFW_LR.pdf

Red drum: Limit of 5 per person/day; slot size of 14-23″ TL*

Striped bass:  Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 22″ TL* (Saltwater).

Bluefish:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Speckled trout:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 13″ TL*.

Weakfish/Gray trout:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 13″ TL*.

Black drum:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Flounder:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 33″ FL*.

Spots: Limit of 25 per person/day.

Tripletail: Limit of 2 per person/day, minimum size of 13″TL*.

Please follow the provided link for the latest information and additional fish size and possession limits.

Florida:

Lionfish Updates

Lionfish, lionfish, everywhere! In the news, on the reefs (both artificial and natural), in shallow waters and way down deep. You’d think every man, woman and child would know that lionfish are an issue by now, but it’s not so.

Lionfish Updates

Management Zones

For most species, Florida’s recreational bag limits apply to all state waters off Florida, which extend out to 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic and out to 9 nautical miles on the Gulf…

Management Zones

http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/

 www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/red-drum/

Red drum: Limit of 1 per person/day in South red drum management zone, 2 per person/day in the Northeast zone OR 1 per person/day in the Northwest management zones (see map for regions); slot size of 18-27″ TL*

Striped bass:  There are no regulations covering striped bass in Florida.

Bluefish:  Limit of 10 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ FL*.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ FL*.

Snook:  Limit of 1 per person/day IN SEASON.

Minimum Size Limits:

  • Not less than 28″ or more than 32″ Atlantic excluding Monroe
  • Not less than 28″ or more than 33″ Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County and Everglades National Park.

Closed Season:

  • Atlantic (excluding Monroe) closed Dec. 15–Jan. 31 and June 1–Aug. 31.
  • Gulf including Monroe County, December 1 – end of February, and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Speckled trout/Spotted Seatrout:  5 per person/day N.W. zone; 4 per person/day S.E. and S.W. zones; 6 per person/day N.E. zone; slot size of 15-20″ with one permitted over 20″ within the bag limit.

Weakfish/Gray trout *Includes weakfish-like fish including weakfish, sand seatrout and hybrids of the two.:  Limit of 1 per person/day, 12″ minimum size within the “Weakfish Management Area”, The Weakfish Management Zone includes state waters from the Florida-Georgia line to the southernmost tip of Amelia Island, the inland waters of Nassau County and the St. Marys River and its tributaries east of Highway 17, north of State Highway 200A and north of the Shave Bridge on the Amelia River.  Outside of the Weakfish Management Area there is no size limit and there is a 100 lb per person/day bag limit.  (Follow the provided link for Weakfish/Gray trout for a map.)

Black drum:  Limit of 5 per person/day; slot limit of 14 – 24″ with one of the five permitted over 24″ TL*.

Cobia:  Limit of 1 per person/day; minimum size of 33″ FL*.

A Cobia tagging project is underway along Florida’s east coast. Scientists with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging Cobia in order to track movement of the fish to learn more about the migration of the Gulf and Atlantic stocks.

Although it is not illegal, scientists discourage the harvest of tagged cobia. If you catch a tagged cobia (two plastic tags should be visible on the back of the fish, one on each side) record the tag number, fork length, date and general location of the catch. Release the fish in good condition, and report it by calling 888-824-7472. If you accidentally harvest a tagged Cobia, report all of the information above and return both the internal acoustic tag and plastic dart tag to:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Attn: Jim Whittington
Tequesta Field Laboratory
19100 SE Federal Highway
Tequesta, FL 33469.

For more info go to:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/14be803

Pompano (Florida): Limit of 6 per person/day; minimum size of 11″ FL*.

Pompano (African): Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 24″FL*.

Default Bag Limit for Unregulated Species:  Two fish or 100 pounds per person, per day -whichever is more. For smaller fish like white grunt, the limit is 100 pounds regardless Lionfishof the number of fish it takes to reach that total weight. For larger fish such as the southern stingray, if you harvest two fish that have a combined weight of 150 pounds, that is your limit for that species. This bag limit does not apply to lionfish, which may be considered an unregulated species. Lionfish do not have a bag limit.

Follow links provided for more information and additional regulations regarding saltwater fishing in Florida.

 

Mississippi

http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/recreational-fishing/recreational-catch-limits

Red Drum:  Limit of 3 per person/day; slot limit of 18-30″ TL*.

Striped bass:  There are no regulations covering saltwater striped bass in MS.

Bluefish:   There are no regulations covering bluefish in MS.

Speckled trout/Spotted Seatrout:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 15″ TL*.

Weakfish/Gray trout: There are no regulations covering weakfish in MS.

Black drum:   There are no regulations covering black drum in MS.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day;  minimum size of 33″ FL*.

Flounder:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; no minimum size in state waters.

Follow the link provided for additional regulations and restrictions in Mississippi.

 

Alabama:

http://www.outdooralabama.com/sites/default/files/Creel%20Limits%20B%26W%20for%20printing.pdf

Red drum:   Limit of 3 per person/day; slot limit of 16-26″ TL* with one over-sized fish permitted.

Striped bass:   Limit of 2 per person/day when caught in areas under Marine Resources Division jurisdiction; minimum of 16″ TL*

Bluefish:  There are no regulations covering bluefish in AL.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; no minimum size.

Speckled trout:  Limit of 10 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ TL*.

Weakfish/Gray trout: There are no regulations covering weakfish in AL.

Black drum:  There are no regulations covering black drum in AL.

Florida Pompano:  Limit of 3 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Flounder:  Limit of 10 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ TL*.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 33″ FL*.

 

Louisiana:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/saltwater-seasons-limits

Red Drum:  Limit of 5 per person/day;  slot limit of 16-27″ with maximum of one fish over 27″ included in the five.

Striped bass:  There are no regulations covering striped bass in LA.

Bluefish:  There are no regulations covering bluefish in LA.

Speckled trout:    Generally, a limit of 25 per person/day; minimum length of 12″, EXCEPT: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25” total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu parishes in southwestern Louisiana.  (Follow link provided above for further details/pg 34.)

Weakfish/Gray trout: There are no regulations covering weakfish in LA.

Black drum:  Limit of 5 per person/day; slot limit of 16-27″ with maximum of one fish over 27″ included in the five.

Spanish Mackerel:   Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 12″ FL*.

Southern Flounder:  Limit of 10 per person/day; no minimum size restrictions.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 33″ FL*.

Follow link provided for additional limits and restrictions.

Texas:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/saltwater_limits.phtml

Red Drum:   Limit of 3 per person/day; slot limit of 20-28″ EXCEPT one fish over the 28″ maximum may be kept per license year when affixed with a properly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag.

Striped bass/Hybrids and subspecies:  Limit of 5 per person/day in any combination; minimum size of 18″ TL*.

Bluefish:  There are no regulations covering bluefish in TX.

Spanish Mackerel:  Limit of 15 per person/day; minimum size of 14″ FL*.

Speckled trout:  All waters north of FM 457 in Matagorda County – limit of 10

All waters south of FM 457 – limit of 5;

Slot limit of 15-25″ TL* EXCEPT one fish over 25″ may be kept as part of the daily limit.

Black drum:   Limit of 5 per person/day; slot limit of 14-30″ TL* EXCEPT one black drum over 52″ may be kept as part of the 5 fish limit.

Cobia:  Limit of 2 per person/day; minimum size of 37″ FL*.

Flounder:  Daily bag is 5 fish except from Nov. 1-30, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole-and-line; and from December 1-14, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken by any legal means. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag. Minimum size is 14″TL*.

Tripletail:  Limit of 3 per person/day; minimum size of 17″ TL*.

 

 

 

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