Bag limits for bluefin tuna vary by permit vessel type fish size and region. Official 2020 massachusetts saltwater fishing rules regulations.
The recreational saltwater fishing regulations provide a more varied schedule for the year.
Recreational fishing regulations massachusetts. Before you drop a line in a pond or river make sure you know the rules. Masswildlife is responsible for managing freshwater fish and sets fishing seasons and regulations. Saltwater fishing is a big recreational activity in massachusetts with more than a million people fishing the bay state waters.
With massachusetts waters converging with the gulf of maine the. License permit information season dates size creel limits and more. These regulations apply to state waters only.
3 black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw mouth closed to the farthest extremity of the tail not. Current retention limits and minimum sizes for atlantic bluefin tuna recreational fisheries. These regulations keep fish populations healthy and provide a variety of fishing opportunities to anglers in the commonwealth.
1 subject to regulation by the division and the municipality please consult municipal regulations. For massachusetts marine waters the minimum size for fish exceptions listed below is the greatest straight line length not curved over the body from the anterior tip of the jaw or snout mouth closed. 2 american shad is a catch and release fishery except for on the merrimack and connecticut rivers where anglers may retain up to 3 fish per day with no minimum size limit.
The recreational saltwater fishing regulations table is up to date as of september 1 2020. Recreational saltwater fishing with over 1 500 miles of coastline there is plenty of opportunity to fish in massachusetts. By law all fees collected from the sale of these permits are deposited into a fund for the dedicated purpose of improving recreational fisheries including.
Check the 2016 freshwater fishing season schedule for more details. Before you hit the water be sure to get your fishing permit and check out the resources below. Dmf has created a bycatch avoidance tool for atlantic cod in the gulf of maine gom recreational fishery in the form of intuitive map products that identify the time and place where the catch rate for cod is low yet legal sized haddock are abundant.
This panel advises the division of marine fisheries dmf on the administration of recreational saltwater fishing programs funded by the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits. Use this guide to find fishing seasons limits and other fishing regulations. Anglers can use this guide to learn how to download the maps and review regulations and fishing tips related to haddock.
In general you can freshwater fish in massachusetts year round though catch limits vary depending on species and season. Additional requirements may be applicable.