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AMERICAN EEL
Length: 6 Creel limit: 50 Season: open
Special Conditions:
Subject to regulation by the Division and local community. Consult local regulations.
AMERICAN SHAD
Length: n/a Creel limit: 6 Season: open
Special Conditions:
May be taken by hook and line only; spearing, netting, snagging are prohibited.
BLACK SEA BASS
Length: 14 inches Creel limit: 10 Season: May 22 - Oct 11
Special Conditions:
Black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament
BLUE CRAB
Length: 4 1/8 inches Creel limit: n/a Season: May 1 through December 31
Special Conditions:
measured across the shell from tip to tip of the posterior-most, longest spines along the lateral margins of the carapace.
BLUE MARLIN
Length: 86 Creel limit: 1 Season: open
Special Conditions:
May be taken by hook and line only; spearing, netting, snagging are prohibited. Billfish are measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the tail fork
BLUEFISH
Length: no min Creel limit: 10 Season: open
Special Conditions:
COD (CONSERVATION ZONE)
Length: 24" minimum Creel limit: See Special conditions Season: See Special Conditions
Special Conditions:
(April 1 - Oct 31, 10 fish) (Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2/person or 75-lb/boat) (Dec 1 - Jan 31, closed) (Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2/person or 75-lb/boat)
DABS (PLAICE)
Length: 14 Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
GRAY SOLE (WITCH)
Length: 14" min Creel limit: no limit Season: open
Special Conditions:
HADDOCK
Length: 19 Creel limit: 10 Season: open
Special Conditions:
Federal rules apply beyond state waters
LOBSTER
Length: 3 1/4" min Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
There is a maximum carapace size of 5" for lobster taken from the Gulf of Maine. Carapace length measured from rear of eye socket parallel to the center line of the bodyshell to the rear of the bodyshell. All lobsters measuring less than the minimum legal carapace length must be returned to the waters from which taken. All lobsters must be measured immediately.
MONKFISH
Length: 17 inches Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
POLLOCK
Length: none Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
REDFISH
Length: 9" min Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
RIVER HERRING
Length: n/a Creel limit: none Season: none
Special Conditions:
The possession of river herring is illegal
SAILFISH
Length: 57 inches Creel limit: 1 per trip Season: open
Special Conditions:
May be taken by hook and line only; spearing, netting, snagging are prohibited. Billfish are measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the tail fork
SCUP (PORGY) (PRIVATE VESSELS)
Length: 10.5" Creel limit: 10 Season: May 24 to Sept. 26
Special Conditions:
Scup has a recreational limit of a maximum of 50 fish per private vessel.
SMELT
Length: n/a Creel limit: n/a Season: June 15 - Mar. 15
Special Conditions:
May be taken by hook and line only; spearing, netting, snagging are prohibited.
STRIPED BASS
Length: 28 Creel limit: 2 Season: all year
Special Conditions:
Bass must be kept whole, with head, tail and body intact - no mutilation permitted (other than evisceration). The discard of dead, legal size striped bass is prohibited. To prohibit the practice of high-grading, recreational fishermen may not retain legal-sized striped bass and release said fish in favor of another larger legal-sized striped bass captured subsequently. It shall be unlawful to keep striped bass alive in the water by attaching a line or chain to the fish or placing the fish in a live well or holding car. Striped bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail.
SUMMER FLOUNDER
Length: 17.5 Creel limit: 5 Season: May 22 - September 30
Special Conditions:
TAUTOG
Length: 16 Creel limit: 3 Season: all year
Special Conditions:
WEAKFISH
Length: 16 Creel limit: 10 Season: open
Special Conditions:
WHITE MARLIN
Length: 62 Creel limit: 1 per trip Season: open
Special Conditions:
May be taken by hook and line only; spearing, netting, snagging are prohibited. Billfish are measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the tail fork
WINDOWPANE FLOUNDER
Length: 12" min Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
WINTER FLOUNDER - NORTH OF CAPE COD
Length: 12 Creel limit: 8 Season: all year
Special Conditions:
Winter flounder may not be taken from Mount Hope Bay and its tributaries except recreational fishermen may take 4 fish between Apr 13 and May 19 and between Sep 28 and Oct 28
YELLOWTAIL FLOUNDER
Length: 13" min Creel limit: n/a Season: open
Special Conditions:
WINTER FLOUNDER - SOUTH AND EAST OF CAPE COD
Length: 12 Creel limit: 4 Season: Apr 25 - May 24 & Sep 26 - Oct 25
Special Conditions:
HALIBUT
Length: 36 Creel limit: 1 Season: all year
Special Conditions:
none
COD (NORTH OF CAPE COD)
Length: 24" minimum Creel limit: See Special conditions Season: See Special Conditions
Special Conditions:
(Apr 1 - Oct 31, 10/person) (Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2/person or 75 lbs/boat)
COD (SOUTH AND EAST OF CAPE COD)
Length: 22" minimum Creel limit: 10/person Season: All year
Special Conditions:
none
SCUP (PORGY) (PARTY/CHARTER VESSELS)
Length: 11" minimum Creel limit: See Special conditions Season: See Special Conditions
Special Conditions:
45 fish/person May 15 - June 28, 10 fish/person June 29 - Sept 17.



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