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
• 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 5.1

Misc. bug fixes and performance enhancements. Better iOS 12 support.
New in 5.0
- Re-written from scratch for performance and to lay a foundation for lots of great new features coming in the next few months
- Now you can take a photo with the catch log
- Report turtles and whale sightings to NOAA
- Toggle back and forth from federal to state waters
- The app will now download regulations in the background ensuring you're always up to date with regulations

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
74 Ratings
74 Ratings

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


Best regs app!

We use Fish Rules very often because we often fish. There are no better app for fishing regulations. No matter where you are, you can open the app and be confident that you'll be in compliance. The photos are great and search options are super helpful. For users who don't like that the location is always on, simply select 'never' when you're. It fishing and switch to 'always' before you leave the dock. Simple as that.


Had issues but it was on my end

I had a old version of the app which would update but not use the correct firmware i contacted the app creator and they answered super fast and was very helpful. I had to delete the app and reinstall to get the latest firmware. And they helped me troubleshoot the other issue. From start to finish it was less then a day and we had everything resolved!! Great group of guy and gals and a good app.


Fish Rules, LLC.
37.8 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Fish Rules, LLC.


  • Family Sharing

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

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