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.