Flounder, Winter

Shape

Synonyms

Blackback

Edibility

n/a

Regulations

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  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Unlimited bag limit

  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to February 28th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to February 28th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    South and east of Cape Cod bag limit is 2 winter flounder per person per day and season is closed January 1 to Feb 28.
    North of Cape Cod bag limit is 8 winter flounder per angler per day, and there is no closed season.

    It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. It is unlawful to take cod from the Summer Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. See maps in 322 CMR 8.07 for more details.

    Federal rules apply beyond state waters.

  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Winter flounder filleted and skinned must retain at least 2 square inches of contiguous skin intact for identification.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to February 28th, 2019

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to February 28th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs Line of Demarcation as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from May 31st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018
    from May 31st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 11th, 2018 to February 10th, 2019
    from April 11th, 2019 to February 10th, 2020

  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    North of Cape Cod, bag limit is 8 winter flounder per angler per day, and there is no closed season.
    South and east of Cape Cod bag limit is reduced to 2 winter flounder per person per day and season is closed January 1 to Feb 28.

    It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. It is unlawful to take cod from the Summer Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. See maps in 322 CMR 8.07 for more details.

    Federal rules apply beyond state waters.

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2018
    from April 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Unlimited bag limit when season is open.
    From April 1 through June 30 of each year, all recreational vessels, including private recreational and charter/party vessels, may only use pelagic hook-and-line gear when fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area.
    Any vessel fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area is prohibited from possessing or retaining regulated species or ocean pout from April 1 through June 30 of each year.
    Recreational and commercial vessels are allowed to transit the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area provided all bait and hooks are removed from fishing rods and any regulated species on board has been gutted and stored.
    For more information, see MultiSpecies Info Sheet

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