Connecticut fishing guide

Welcome to your key source for all fishing-related information in Connecticut. Discover not only the prime fishing spots but also learn about the diverse species inhabiting these waters. Stay informed about the latest fishing regulations and licensing requirements for fishing in Connecticut

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Lakes and reservoirs for fishing in Connecticut

Below are the largest and most popular lakes, reservoirs, and bays for fishing in Connecticut. Each Connecticut body of water includes information on fish species, analytics, and a map with fishing spots

Licenses for fishing in Connecticut

For the most accurate and detailed information, including how to purchase these licenses, visit the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website

License Type Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee
Inland Fishing (Age 18-64) $28.00 $55.00
Inland Fishing (Age 16 and 17) $14.00 -
All Waters Fishing (Age 18-64) $32.00 $63.00
All Waters Fishing (Age 16 and 17) $16.00 -
Marine Waters Fishing (Age 18-64) $10.00 $15.00
Marine Waters Fishing (Age 16 and 17) $5.00 -
1-Day Marine Fishing (Age 18-64) $5.00 -
1-Day Marine Fishing (Age 16 and 17) $3.00 -
3-Day Inland Fishing (Nonresident) - $22.00
3-Day Marine Waters Fishing (Nonresident) - $8.00
Trout and Salmon Stamp (Age 16 and 17) $3.00 -
Trout and Salmon Stamp (Age 18-64) $5.00 $5.00
Trout and Salmon Stamp (Age 65 and Older) $5.00 -
Armed Forces Inland Fishing (Nonresident) - $28.00
Armed Forces Marine Fishing (Nonresident) - $10.00

Residents aged 65 and older are eligible for a free annual license, which needs to be renewed each year at no cost. The license fees for residents aged 16 and 17 are discounted by 50%.

Fishing Regulations in Connecticut

Prohibited Gear and Fishing Methods
  • Use of explosives, poisons, or electrical devices for fishing is illegal.
  • Fishing with nets, traps, or seines is restricted to specific permits and designated areas.
  • Use of live fish as bait is limited in certain waters to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Snagging fish is not allowed except in designated areas during specific seasons.
  • Spearing and bowfishing are permitted for certain species in specified waters, with restrictions.
Catch Limits
  • Trout: Daily limit varies, often 5 fish, with size restrictions in some areas.
  • Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth): Daily limit of 6, with a minimum length of 12 inches.
  • Panfish (Bluegill, Sunfish, Perch): No daily limit, no size limit for most species.
  • Catfish: Daily limit varies, often 6 fish, with size restrictions for larger specimens.
  • Walleye: Daily limit varies, typically 5 fish with size restrictions.
  • Northern Pike: Daily limit of 2, with a minimum length of 26 inches.
  • Carp: No daily limit, no size limit.
  • Striped Bass: Daily limit and size restrictions vary, especially in marine waters.
  • Blackfish (Tautog): Seasonal and size limits, with specific bag limits.
  • Flounder: Daily limit and size restrictions vary, especially in coastal waters.
Restrictions on Access to Water Bodies
  • Access to some waters may be restricted for environmental conservation or public safety reasons.
  • Fishing on private property requires explicit permission from the landowner.
  • Special regulations for fishing in state parks and wildlife areas.
  • No fishing zones enforced around certain infrastructures like dams and fish hatcheries.
  • Seasonal access restrictions in certain areas for fish spawning and habitat management.
Zones of Special Regulation
  • Catch-and-release areas for certain species, especially trout.
  • Areas with gear restrictions, such as artificial lures only or barbless hooks.
  • Slot limits for bass and other species in certain lakes and rivers.
  • Special trout management areas with specific regulations.
  • Designated Trophy Trout Streams with enhanced size and bag limits.
Protection of Rare Species
  • Fishing for endangered or threatened species is strictly prohibited.
  • Special regulations in habitats of rare or sensitive aquatic species.
  • Research fishing for rare species requires special permits and adherence to guidelines.
  • Conservation measures for native fish species and habitat restoration projects.
  • Monitoring and enforcement to protect critical habitats and vulnerable species.
Seasonal Restrictions
  • Closed seasons for specific species during spawning or migration periods.
  • Seasonal fishing regulations for certain species to ensure sustainability.
  • Temporary closures of specific waters for conservation or emergency reasons.
  • Regulations adjusted based on fish population surveys and environmental conditions.
  • Special rules for ice fishing, including gear and shelter regulations, in colder months.

Most popular cities for fishing in Connecticut

The largest and most popular fishing cities in Connecticut. Cities in Connecticut include information on fishing, as well as a map with fishing spots. Explore the cities to know what fish are caught and in which bodies of water.