Fish Rules: Fishing App

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About this app

Fish Rules is an innovative way to understand recreational saltwater fishing regulations for state and federal waters from Maine to Texas, California, Hawaii, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

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.


Unlock thousands of artificial reef locations and fishing spots to find and catch more fish, faster.

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 fish. Swipe an image to see identification clues and additional photos. ProStaff subscribers can send in a photo of a catch and have a professional identify the fish.

Fish Rules App is NOT a lame pdf reader.

• Regulations are continuously updated throughout the year
• App is able to run entirely on your device.
• Fishing spots (reefs), waypoints, and maps
• 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
• Beautiful illustrations and photos are provided for each regulated species to improve your ability to accurately identify your catch.

The perfect complement to other fishing apps: Fishbrain, FishAngler, Fishing Points, and more!

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 the 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?

Fish Rules has official sponsorships from several DNR groups including:
Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC), Hawaii DAR, South Carolina DNR, (SAFMC) South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, (GMFMC) Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

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Privacy Policy:

Fish Rules is a private company and not associated with regulatory agencies that maintain pass, or enforce fishing regulations. Links to official regulations can be found here:
Updated on
Sep 13, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

1.8K reviews
Michael Carroll
August 23, 2020
Great, simple app. The pictures are great, and the regulations for each fish are very easy to understand. They even give extra information for many fish like how good the fish tastes, if the fish is good bait fish, etc The app is a little clunky when you try loading up. I often find myself opening up the app, then closing it, then reopening it. I might have to do this a few times until the app stops freezing at the start.But once the app gets past that, and the fish species pop up, it is golden
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Steven Smith
February 23, 2022
I've been using this app for several years, and it just keeps getting better. In addition the staff and people who manage the pro subscription respond lightning fast and are super knowledgeable. I caught a very obscure species of fish (Batfish) and they helped me identify it very quickly. If you are a saltwater angler, and even fresh in some states, this app is only going to become more popular and more helpful to track regulations and to aid in identification. This is a must download.
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Mark Andrews
May 24, 2021
The app looks promising but is completely unusable. After selecting gps and finding my location the app presents a list of fish. Scrolling this list is painful. It is not smooth. The scroll freezes and stutters; bad. Within a mjnute or two, no exageration, the scrolling freezes and the app crashes. This has happened every time I have tried to use the app; worse. I'm giving the app one star for being comletely unusabe and a second star for showing promise. Reinstalled. Still borken.
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What's new

Improve drawer menu rendering.
Update compatibility for minimum Android API 33 target.