Fishing Regulations | Reglamentos de Pesca

2022 Fishing Guides will not be printed. The passage of Public Act 21-12 (removed the closed season for trout) required an overhaul of the freshwater sportfishing regulations. The formal regulation change process began immediately following the passage of the Public Act (May 2021) and is nearing completion. Public comment has been received on the DEEP Fisheries Division's proposed changes to the sportfishing regulations. Review of comments is underway (4/13/2022) and the final step in the process is approval by the Legislative Regulations Review Committee (expected in summer 2022). As always the official freshwater sportfish regulations may be found on the Secretary of State's Webpage.


There are currently (April 14, 2022) no changes to the freshwater sportfishing regulations from 2021. As such, the 2021 guides can still be useful for much of the information. Please send any specific questions regarding the regulations to

Helpful links for 2022 Fishing rules and regulations

Digital Freshwater Fishing Guide and our simple overview pamphlet 

Digital Saltwater Fishing Guide and our simple one page overview

DEEP Laws and Regulations - Main Page 

Commissioner Declarations

Striped Bass and Inline Circle Hooks - New Rule and Updates  

Additional useful links

General information

Aquatic Invasive Species 

Fish Consumption Advisory (Department of Public Health)

Trophy Fish Award Program

Tips for Better Catch and Release

Freshwater Fishing 

Frequently Asked Questions

State Record Freshwater Fish

Fisheries Management Programs

Migratory Fish Management

Community Fishing Opportunities

Fishing access for those facing physical challenges

Freshwater Fishing Playlist (YouTube)

Learn to Fish with CARE; Fishing Instruction Playlist (YouTube)


Saltwater Recreational Fishing

State Record Saltwater Fish

Marine Fishing License Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Crab Fact Sheet


Fishing in Coastal State Parks

Volunteer Angler Survey (Marine)

Saltwater Resource Map

Enhanced Shoreline Fishing Opportunity Sites

How to Catch Saltwater Fish


Saltwater Commercial Fishing

Current Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishing Information Circular

Contents updated April 2022