What Is The Limit For Trout? | United States and Canada


Throughout North America, trout are generally a heavily protected fish. They live in sensitive waters that are susceptible to all sorts of weather patterns. Due to their sensitivity, many trout are stocked and fish populations are closely managed. This can cause trout bag limits to be a bit confusing.

Depending on the state or province you’re fishing in, you’ll find different bag limits for trout. Generally, bag limits sit between 4 and 8 trout per day. However, many states and provinces have specific rules and regulations for certain bodies of waters that anglers must follow.

The following information shows the different bag limits for each state and province in the United States and Canada. Keep in mind that certain waters are catch & release only and may have daily bag limits. The waters should be labeled appropriately.

Trout Limits for the United States

1. Alabama

Speckled Trout: 6 fish per person per day. Fish must measure no less than 15 inches and no greater than 22 inches. Each person is allowed one fish over the maximum size limit per day

White Trout: No limit

2. Alaska

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day

Cutthroat Trout: 2 fish per person per day

Rainbow Trout/Steelhead: 2 fish per person per day

3. Arizona

All Trout: 4 fish per person per day. 2 fish per person per day in community fish program waters

4. Arkansas

Cutthroat Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Fish must be between 13-16 inches if slot limits are applied on the certain body of water

Brown Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Fish must be between 13-16 inches if slot limits are applied on the certain body of water

Brook Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Fish must be between 13-16 inches if slot limits are applied on the certain body of water

All other trout species: 5 fish per person per day. Fish must be between 13-16 inches if slot limits are applied on the certain body of water

5. California

Brook Trout: 15 fish per person per day. No size limit

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

All rainbow trout measuring over 16 inches are classified as steelhead.

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6. Colorado

Brook Trout: 14 fish per day as long as they’re less than 8 inches long

All Other Trout:  4 fish per person per day

7. Connecticut

Freshwater Trout Limits: 5 fish per person per day

Trout in tidal waters and lower rivers (Connecticut River, etc): 2 fish per person per day. Fish must measure over 15 inches in length

8. Delaware

All Trout: 6 fish per person per day. 4 trout per person per day in or within 50 feet of any fly-fishing only waters

9. Florida

Spotted Trout in Northeast (Nassau County to Flagler County): 5 spotted sea trout per person per day. Must be between 15-19 inches

Spotted Trout in Central East (Valousia County to Palm Beach County): 2 spotted sea trout per day. Must be between 15-19 inches

Spotted Trout in Big Bed (Escambia County to western half of Gulf County): 3 fish per person per day. Must be between 15-19 inches

10. Georgia

Speckled Trout: 15 fish per person per day. Must be larger than 14 inches

Lake Trout: No daily bag limits

All Other Trout in Georgia proper: 8 fish per person per day

Trout in waters along South Carolina & Georgia Border: 5 fish per person per day

Waters Creek has a daily possession limit of 1 fish. Only 3 fish are allowed to be harvested from Waters Creek per year.

11. Hawaii

No Limits

12. Idaho

Brook Trout: 25 fish per person per day

Bull Trout: Must be released

Rainbow Trout: 3 fish per person per day. Maximum of 20 rainbow trout per season. Snake River rainbow trout must be at least 20 inches long

Brown Trout: 6 fish per person per day

Cutthroat Trout: 6 fish per person per day. Magic Valley and Northeast Idaho cutthroat bag limit is 2 fish per person per day

13. Illinois

Trout: 5 fish per person per day

14. Iowa

Trout Limit: 5 fish per person per day

Spring Branch and Bloody Run Creek trout must measure at least 14 inches in order to be harvested.

15. Indiana

Trout Limit: Any combination of 5 brook, rainbow, or brown trout; no more than one may be brown trout.

Minimum size: 7 inches

16. Kansas

Trout: 5 fish per person per day

17. Kentucky

Rainbow Trout: 8 fish per person per day

Brown Trout: 1 fish per person per day. Fish must be at least 16 inches long

Cutthroat Trout: 1 fish per person per day. Fish must be at least 20 inches long

Brook Trout: Catch and release only

18. Louisiana

Speckled Trout: 25 per person per day. 12 inches minimum length

19. Maine

Brook Trout: 5 fish per person per day. 2 fish per person per day in ponds/lakes in South Zone

All Other Trout: 2 fish per person per day

20. Maryland

Trout: 2 fish per person per day

21. Massachusetts

Brown Trout: 8 fish per person per day from April to mid-September. 3 fish per person per day from mid-September through March

Tiger Trout: 8 fish per person per day from April to mid-September. 3 fish per person per day from mid-September through March

Brook Trout: 8 fish per person per day from April to mid-September. 3 fish per person per day from mid-September through March

Rainbow Trout: 8 fish per person per day from April to mid-September. 3 fish per person per day from mid-September through March

Lake Trout: 3 fish per person per day from Wachusett Reservoir. 2 fish at least 18 inches long from Quabbin Reservoir

22. Michigan

Brook Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Only 3 fish can measure greater than 15 inches in length. Certain inland waters allow for 10 fish per person per day.

Rainbow Trout: Inland rainbow trout limit is 5 fish per person per day. Only 3 fish can measure greater than 15 inches in length. Great Lakes trout limit is 3 per person per day

Brown Trout: Inland brown trout limit is 5 fish per person per day. Inland brown trout must measure at least 8 inches.

Great Lakes brown trout must measure at least 10 inches. Only 3 fish can measure greater than 15 inches in length. Great Lakes brown trout limit is 3 fish per person per day

Steelhead: 3 fish per person per day. Must measure at least 10 inches in length

23. Minnesota

Trout: 5 fish per person per day

24. Mississippi

Trout: 7 fish per person per day

25. Missouri

Rainbow Trout: 4 fish per person per day. No size limit

Brown Trout: 4 fish per person per day. Brown trout must be at least 15 inches long

Certain blue-ribbon trout waters (Barren Fork Creek, Crane Creek, Blue Springs Creek, and Current River) allow one fish per person per day that is at least 18 inches long.

26. Montana

Bull Trout: No harvesting allowed

Cutthroat Trout: 5 per person per day in lakes/reservoirs. Cutthroat trout in rivers/streams must be released immediately

Brook Trout: 10 fish per person per day

Brown Trout: 5 per person per day

Lake Trout: 3 per person per day

Golden Trout: 5 per person per day

Arctic Grayling: 5 per person per day

27. Nebraska

Cutthroat Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Only one can measure over 12 inches

Brook Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Only one can measure over 12 inches

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Only one can measure over 16 inches

28. Nevada

All Trout: 5 fish per person per day

29. New Hampshire

Trout: 2 fish per person per day

30. New Jersey

Brown Trout: 4 fish per person per day from June 1 to March 20. 6 fish per person per day from April 9 through May 31. All fish must be at least 9 inches long

Brook Trout: 4 fish per person per day from June 1 to March 20. 6 fish per person per day from April 9 through May 31. All fish must be at least 9 inches long

Rainbow Trout: 4 fish per person per day from June 1 to March 20. 6 fish per person per day from April 9 through May 31. All fish must be at least 9 inches long

31. New Mexico

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day

Cutthroat Trout: 2 fish per person per day

Gila Trout: 2 fish per person per day

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

32. New York

Brook Trout: Inland trout streams allow for 5 fish per person per day with 2 fish no greater than 12 inches.

Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain Tributaries & tidal stream reaches allow for 5 fish per person per day with no length limits

Brown Trout: Inland trout streams allow for 5 fish per person per day with 2 fish no greater than 12 inches.

Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain Tributaries & tidal stream reaches allow for 5 fish per person per day with no length limits

Rainbow Trout: Inland trout streams allow for 5 fish per person per day with 2 fish no greater than 12 inches.

Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain Tributaries & tidal stream reaches allow for 5 fish per person per day with no length limits

33. North Carolina

Speckled Trout: 4 per person per day. Fish must be at least 14 inches long

Public Mountains/Wild Trout Waters: 4 fish per person per day. Fish must be at least 7 inches long

Undesignated Trout Waters/Those Supported by Hatcheries: 7 fish per person per day

34. North Dakota

Trout: 3 fish per person per day

35. Ohio

All trout species: 5 fish per person per day. Ohio portion of Lake Eerie, Mohican River’s Clear Fork, and the Mad River have 12 inch length requirements

36. Oklahoma

All Trout Species: 3 fish per person per day

37. Oregon

Bull Trout: Must be immediately released

All Other Trout Species: 5 fish per person per day. All fish must be between 8-20 inches. Only one fish per day can measure over 20 inches

38. Pennsylvania

Stocked Trout Waters: 5 fish per person per day. Fish must be at least 7 inches

Class A Designated Wild Trout Waters: No fish can be harvested

39. Rhode Island

April 11-November 30: 5 fish per person per day

December 1- February 29: 2 fish per person per day. All fish must be at least 8 inches long.

40. South Carolina

Spotted sea Trout: 10 fish per person per day. No more than 14 inches in length

All other trout: 5 fish per person per day

41. South Dakota

Rainbow Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Only one fish over 14 inches in Black Hills Region

Lake Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Only one fish over 24 inches in Black Hills Region

All other trout: 5 fish per person per day

42. Tennessee

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day

All Other Trout: 7 fish per person per day

43. Texas

Speckled Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Fish must be between 15-25 inches

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

44. Utah

Brook, Brown & Cutthroat Trout: 4 fish per person per day

Rainbow Trout: 4 fish per person per day. Kolob Reservoir slot is 15-22 inches, and any fish in this range must be put back

45. Vermont

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day. 2 fish per person per day. Fish must be at least 18 inches long

All other trout: 8 fish per person per day in streams and rivers. 6 fish per person per day in lakes and ponds. No more than 5 fish per species

46. Virginia

Speckled Trout: 5 fish per person per day. At least 14 inches in length

All Other Trout: 6 fish per person per day. Fish must be 7 inches in length

47. Washington

Steelhead: 2 fish per person per day. Fish must be 20 inches long

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day. Only 2 trout can come from streams, rivers, or beaver ponds and be at least 8 inches long

48. West Virginia

All Trout: 6 fish per person per day

49. Wisconsin

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

50. Wyoming

Brook Trout: 16 fish per person per day

Lake Trout: 6 fish per person per day. Only 1 can measure over 24 inches in length

All other trout: 6 fish per person per day. Only 3 fish can be harvested from streams. Only one can be over 16 inches long

Trout Limits for Canada

1. Alberta

Bull Trout: No harvesting allowed

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

2. British Columbia

Trout: 5 fish per person per day

3. Manitoba

Brook Trout: 1 fish per person per day. No fish can exceed 45cm

Lake Trout: 2 fish per person per day. Only one can exceed 65cm

Other Trout: 3 fish per person per day. Only one can exceed 45cm

4. New Brunswick

All Trout: 5 fish per person per day

5. Newfounland

Lake Trout: 4 fish per person per day. 60 cm or less

All Other Trout: 25 fish per person per day. 60cm or less. 25 fish or 4.5 kg whichever is reached first

6. Nova Scotia

Lake Trout: No trout can be kept

All Other Trout: 5 fish per person per day

7. Ontario

All Trout: 5 fish per person per day

8. Prince Edward Island

Brook Trout: 8 fish per person per day. Only one over 40cm

Rainbow trout: 8 fish per person per day. Only one over 40cm

Brown Trout: 8 fish per person per day. Only one over 40cm

9. Saskatchewan

Lake Trout: 3 fish per day

Stocked trout (brook, brown, rainbow, splake, and tiger trout): 5 fish per day combined

10. Quebec

Trout: 8 fish per person per day

Conclusion

States and provinces take the protection of trout extremely seriously.

It’s important for anglers to make sure they’re following the daily trout limits and doing their best to check which specific waters are more or less protected.

Since trout populations fluctuate each year, states will be more specific in which bodies of water see more restrictions.

As anglers, it’s our job to ensure we’re keeping the proper amount and practicing catch-and-release when we can. Trout are a valuable resource and need to be here for years to come.

Shailen Vandeyar

A proud Indian origin Kiwi who loves to plant trees and play with my pet bunny when not freshwater fishing in the nearest creek or enjoying saltwater fishing by taking boats far in the ocean.

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