DEEP: Fishing

Fishing - Share the Experience

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Something Fishy in Connecticut is a new interactive fishing resource for novice and expert alike. Within a 60 minute drive you can be fly fishing the famed Housatonic or Farmington River, catching monster pike in Bantam Lake, jumbo carp from the Connecticut River, or on the Sound fishing for tasty favorites like fluke, porgy, black sea bass, striped bass and bluefish.
This interactive application has lots of great information, including interactive maps and links, providing all you need to know about Connecticut's fisheries.
{BNR 150th Anniversary Logo} The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources celebrated 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut in 2016. We looked back at our history and also forward to the future of natural resources in our state. Check out our historical timeline: Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years and see what it was like "Then and Now."
Division News - Quarterly reports from the Inland Fisheries and Marine Fisheries Divisions. 

October 25, 2017
Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, October 26, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased. (N17-21)

October 23, 2017
For paying passengers on party or charter fishing vessels, the black sea bass possession limit for November and December is reverting back to 8 fish. For private anglers, the possession limit remains 5 fish. The minimum legal length for all is 15 inches, excluding the dorsal tail filament or tendril.

October 13, 2017
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 15, 2017, the smooth dogfish commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. Effective 0001 hours Sunday, October 15, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased. (N17-19)

September 29, 2017
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, October 1, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be increased to 200 pounds for holders of Scup License Endorsements. In addition, for Restricted Commercial Fishing License holders who do not hold a Scup License Endorsement the limit will be 20 fish. (N17-18)

September 11, 2017
Effective 0001 hours Sunday, September 10, 2017, the scup commercial fishery possession limit will be 100 pounds for holders of Scup License Endorsements. (N17-17)

September 9, 2017
Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Cabela's (475 East Hartford Blvd. N., in East Hartford). This FREE event is sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources. Cabela's has graciously offered their facility and grounds for the event. Lots of fun activities for the whole family are planned.

August 18, 2017
Effective August 20, 2017 the commercial fishery possession limits for scup and summer flounder have changed. (N17-16)

August 15, 2017
Season closure reminder.  Season is closed from September 8 through November 28, inclusive, and applies to both recreational and commercial fisheries and all gears. (N-17-15)

July 28, 2017
DEEP‘s Fisheries Division is currently proposing to make changes to the Inland sport fishing regulations and to establish trout and salmon stamps. DEEP’s proposed changes (effective 2018) are currently open for public comment until 4:30 pm on August 25, 2017. A public hearing is also scheduled for August 9, 2017 starting at 6:30 pm at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford.
For more information on proposed changes, how to comment on them and the public hearing, go to Connecticut’s “eRegulations” system at or contact the Fisheries Division at or by phone at 860-424-3474.

May 17, 2017
Posted on the DEEP website are maps showing the locations of CT DEEP monthly trawl survey sites to be sampled during 2017 from the research vessel, John Dempsey.

December 29, 2016
Possession Limits for Quota Managed Species in 2017.

Content last updated November 2017