NY increases size limit, reduces bag limit for 2024 fluke-fishing season


The goal is to reduce the recreational summer flounder harvest for 2024 by 28 percent over last year.

To that end, when fluke season starts May 4, local fishermen hitting the water between New York and Connecticut will be allowed to take home just three summer flounder, or fluke, to the family.

And those fish must measure at least 19 inches long.

That is until Aug. 2, when the minimum length increases to 19.5 inches, though the possession limit will remains at three fish. The season closes after Oct. 15.

Last year the season-long catch limit was four fluke measuring at least 18.5 inches.

This is all according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which announced the 2024 regulations on Wednesday.

The new regulations have been approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which encompasses the Atlantic coastal states from Maine to Florida, and includes Pennsylvania.

New York and Connecticut are in the same management region for summer flounder, according to the DEC.

The two states must adopt identical season, minimum size, and possession limit regulations.

For current fishing limits, check DEC’s Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations.

Top: A Summer Flounder caught on Long Island’s Great South Bay in 2020. Also known as Fluke, these flat fish are a popular among recreational fishers in New York. Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

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