Fish Rules is a new and innovative way to understand recreational saltwater fishing regulations for state and federal waters from Maine to Texas.

Fish Rules simplifies saltwater fishing regulations into an easy to understand format. With a glance, know if a fish is in season, how many you can keep, how big they have to be, and more.

Fish Rules uses your phone's GPS and calendar to show only the regulations you need. No signal - No problem. Manually enter your latitude/longitude or select your fishing location to get the regulations you need.

Take a photo, log your fish - it's never been easier to brag about your catch!

Keep track of the fish you harvest and the ones you release in our intuitive Fish Log. Review your fish log to find patterns and improve your success on the water.

Crisp illustrations and great photos help you identify your catch. Swipe an image to see identification clues and additional photos.
Fish Rules App is NOT a lame pdf reader.

• Regulations are continuously updated throughout the year by Fish Rules staff and NOAA.
• App is able to run entirely on your device.
• Location Filter: Use your phone's built in GPS or manually select your fishing spot to identify which regulations apply.
• Record harvested and released fish in an easy-to-use Fish Log
• Seamlessly post pictures of your best catches to Facebook and Twitter.
• Beautiful illustrations and photos are provided for each regulated species to improve your ability to accurately identify your catch.

• South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Atlantic federal waters)
• Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf of Mexico federal waters)
• Greater Atlantic Federal Waters
• North Carolina state marine waters
• South Carolina state marine waters
• Georgia state marine waters
• Florida state marine waters
• Alabama state marine waters
• Mississippi state marine waters
• Louisiana state marine waters
• Texas state marine waters
• Connecticut state marine waters
• Delaware state marine waters
• Maine state marine waters
• Maryland state marine waters
• Massachusetts state marine waters
• New York state marine waters
• New Jersey state marine waters
• New Hampshire state marine waters
• California state marine waters
• RI Block Island
• Bahamian waters

Answers to the most common fishing regulations are provided in an intuitive, at-a-glance format:
• What is the bag limit and/or Vessel limit for the fish I just caught?
• What species are prohibited?
• When does season open or close for a particular species?
• When are circle hooks necessary?
• When is a dehooking device necessary?
• When is a venting tool necessary?
• How do I report the landing of a Highly Migratory Species?

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What’s New

Version 5.7

Freshwater for Florida (FWC)!!!!! Finally, we're starting to venture into freshwater regulations. We're proud to announce FWC is our first sponsored agency.
This update fixes a few location issues and adjusts how images are handled

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

Dengle1234 ,

Needs a way to lock location

This app does not let you lock in a location so each time I go fishing and open the app it wants to put me back in state waters and I have to open the settings and zoom out and set my location to federal waters and then go back and look at regulations. Please give an option to lock your location and not be asked or have to set it manually each time. And it won’t work when out of cell phone range offshore to use the GPS option so that’s out too. Also the app needs background refresh so if I don’t open it while onshore and then open it out of cell phone range it will have already downloaded the latest regulations. There’s no WiFi or cell towers 70 miles offshore.

JeeperSSS ,

Was amazing app!

This app was my go to app for fishing and spearfishing in Florida State and Federal waters. Prior to the update, I could set the map on my normal home area, Panama City Beach and the app would always open to that location and load species and rules for that region. After update, it automatically sets my location to Ga State Waters because that is where I live. I have to reset the map and when I go into a fish and look at regulations, it defaults back to Ga State waters (my home location) This has almost rendered the app more frustrating than useful now. Previously it was the best rules and regulations app I’d ever used. Now it is just a frustration having to reset the map location after each regulation view. Please fix this so you can set a map location and it will stay. Let me choose when to move the map. Since I fish and dive 95% of time in PCB, I’d like for it to stay there rather than reverting back to Ga State waters where I permanently live. So sad to see this happen to an amazing app!

Developer Response ,

thanks for writing in. we will fix this in an upcoming update

This nickname cant be taken ,

Could possibly be awesome

It could possibly be awesome if more effort was put into it. I saw an episode of DMFD where the creator had it advertised on the side of his boat... in florida, and the florida rules seem kind of undone. A few pictures missing. Its quite easy to get a picture of any fish anywhere.

Also, since its a fishing rules app, i dont understand the need for things to have to scroll through like manatees, coral, whales, sea turtles. Im pretty sure no one needs to look up if they can keep that humpback whale they foul hooked :-/ . it seems like a waste of space as there is already tons of species of fish here in florida to have to identify, why clutter it more with unnecessary pointless info to have to navigate through..... ive seem the creator on DMFD ( thats how i found it) he seems like a logical guy. not understanding the whale/turtle/manatee thing. Im glad it was free.

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Fish Rules, LLC.
39.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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