Sheepshead

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are no longer in effect for this species.
    State regulations may apply.

    To see state regulations: tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs are in your state's waters (within 3 miles of shore), then tap Set Location. Confirm state waters are listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    On July 1, 2018 the bag limit decreased to 8 Sheepshead per person, and state regulations were extended into federal waters.

    Vessel limit = 50 per trip during March and April

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
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  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    On July 1, 2018 the bag limit decreased to 8 Sheepshead per person, and state regulations were extended into federal waters.

    Vessel limit = 50 per trip during March and April

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 10 in Fork Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    State rules apply to sheepshead caught in federal waters.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit Citation 10 lbs or 24 inches

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Vessel Limit 30

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 10 in Fork Length

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here