DEEP: Fisheries Licenses and Permits

Fisheries Licenses,  Permits and Related Products

Inland Fishing Licenses               Marine Fishing Licenses 
Fishing Permits Youth Fishing Passport

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Inland Fishing Licenses are required for anyone 16 years of age or older fishing in the Inland District . Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31st.

License Type
Fee
(as of 1/1/15)
Where to Purchase
Resident Inland Fishing 
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
$28.00
$14.00
Resident All Waters Fishing
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
$32.00
$16.00
Resident Inland Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting 
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17

 
$38.00
$19.00
 - Online Sportsmen Licensing System
 - Participating Town Halls
 - Designated vendor (tackle shop)
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Resident All Waters Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting 
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17

 
$40.00
$20.00
Resident All Waters Fishing and Bow and Arrow Permit to Hunt Deer and Small Game
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
$65.00
$33.00
Resident Firearms Supersport License to Fish in All Waters, and Firearms Hunt, Firearms Private Land Shotgun or Rifle Deer Permit, Muzzleloader Private land deer Permit, and Permit to Hunt Wild Turkey During Spring
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
 
 
 
$84.00
$42.00
Resident Archery Supersport License to Fish in All Waters, Bow and Arrow Permit to Hunt Deer and Small Game, Permit to Hunt Wild Turkey During Spring
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
 
 
$82.00
$41.00
Resident firearms super sport license to fish in all waters and firearms hunt, firearms private land shotgun or rifle deer permit, and permit to hunt wild turkey during the spring season on private land.
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
 
 
 
$70.00
$35.00
Resident Firearms Supersport License to Fish in All Waters and Firearms Hunt, Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, and Bird Harvest Permit (HIP) 
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
 
 
$50.00
$25.00
 -Online Sportsmen Licensing System
 - Participating Town Halls
 - Designated vendor (tackle shop)
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Resident Senior Citizen (65 and older) - Inland Fishing Free   (Requires Annual Renewal)
Nonresident Season-Inland Fishing $55.00
Nonresident Season-All Waters Fishing
$63.00
Nonresident Three Day Inland Fishing $22.00
Nonresident Inland Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting $110.00
Nonresident All Waters Fishing and Firearms Hunting
$120.00
Armed Forces Members*  Inland Fishing $28.00
Armed Forces Members* All Waters Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting
$40.00
Armed Forces Members* Inland Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting $38.00
Intellectually Disabled or Blind** - Inland Fishing Free  - Participating Town Halls
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Physically Disabled Persons*** - Inland Fishing Free  - Participating Town Halls
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Physically Disabled Persons *** - Inland Fishing and Small Game Firearms Hunting Free  - Participating Town Halls
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store

*Any active, full-time member of the armed forces may be issued a fishing and/or small game firearms license for the resident fee. Credentials indicating active full-time membership or separation subsequent to the issuance of the license and prior to its expiration date must be carried while fishing or hunting.

** Issuance of a free license to the blind or intellectually disabled requires proof of disability in the form of a certificate provided by any person licensed to practice medicine in this state.

*** Any resident with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb and a doctor’s certificate may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.

Lost License

If you purchased your license through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System, you can reprint your license at any time by logging on with your CT Conservation ID, last name, and date of birth. After logging in, there is a link for reprinting your license on the top right of the page.  If you purchased your license at a participating license vendor or DEEP Office, you can ask for them to reprint your license.

Free Lifetime License for Seniors (Age 65 and older)
The free LIFETIME RESIDENT INLAND FISHING LICENSE-AGE 65+ and LIFETIME RESIDENT FIREARM LICENSE-AGE 65+ became ANNUAL licenses effective October 1, 2009.  All age 65+ licenses will need to be renewed at no cost each year.
 

Marine Waters Fishing Licenses

Marine Waters Fishing Licenses are required for anyone 16 years of age or older fishing from shore or from a boat in the marine district or landing marine fish or bait species in Connecticut taken from offshore waters. Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31st. Please see Marine Waters Fishing License FAQ page for more information.

License Type Fee Where to Purchase
Resident  Marine Waters Fishing
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
$10.00
  $5.00
Resident One Day Marine Waters Fishing
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
$5.00
$3.00
 - Online Sportsmen Licensing System
 - Participating Town Halls
 - Designated vendor (tackle shop)
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Resident All Waters Fishing
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
$32.00
$16.00
 - Online Sportsmen Licensing System
 - Participating Town Halls
 - Designated vendor (tackle shop)
 - DEEP Offices
 -
DEEP Store
Resident Senior Citizen (65 or older) - Marine Waters Fishing
Free (Requires Annual Renewal)
Resident Marine Waters  Fishing and Firearms Hunting
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
$25.00
$13.00
Resident All Waters Fishing and Firearms Hunting
Age 18-64
Age 16 and 17
 
 
$40.00
$20.00
Nonresident  Marine Waters Fishing $15.00
Nonresident Season-All Waters Fishing
$63.00
Nonresident Marine Waters Fishing and Firearms Hunting
$94.00
Nonresident All Waters Fishing and Firearms Hunting
$120.00
Nonresident Three Day Marine Waters Fishing
$8.00
Armed Forces Members* Marine Waters Fishing $10.00
Intellectually Disabled or Blind** - Marine Waters Fishing Free
Physically Disabled Persons*** - Marine Waters Fishing Free

*Any active, full-time member of the armed forces may be issued a fishing and/or small game firearms license for the resident fee. Credentials indicating active full-time membership or separation subsequent to the issuance of the license and prior to its expiration date must be carried while fishing or hunting.

** Issuance of a free license to the blind or intellectually disabled requires proof of disability in the form of a certificate provided by any person licensed to practice medicine in this state.

*** Any resident with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb and a doctor’s certificate may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.

Personal Use (not for sale) Marine Licenses
A Personal Use Lobster License
is required for taking lobsters by the use of up to 10 pots or SCUBA diving, for personal use (not for sale).  Open-Access License Application (Fillable-PDF).  Reports required.  Fee $120.00
      Lobster Reporting Form (Fillable-PDF)

A Personal Use Gillnet License is required to take menhaden with a single gillnet, not more than 60 feet in length, for personal use (not for sale), from marine waters only.  Open-Access License Application (Fillable-PDF)  Reports required.  Fee $100.00
      Gillnet Reporting Form (Fillable-PDF) 

Commercial Licenses
A commercial license is required to take and land (regardless where taken) for sale, fish, lobsters, blue crabs, squid, sea scallops and bait species from both the inland and marine districts. For further information on commercial fishing contact DEEP Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043 or write to Marine Fisheries Office, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or e-mail at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov.

For Marine and Inland Commercial Bait, Commercial Shad and Commercial Blue Crab Licenses use the:
      Open-Access License Application (Fillable-PDF)

For Commercial Fishing, Lobster Pot, Finfish, and Landing Licenses use the:
      Commercial Fishing License Application (Fillable-PDF)

For a Fishing Guide Registration see:  Hunting and Fishing Guide Registration.


Vessel Permits / Registrations
A Commercial Fishing Vessel Permit is required for all vessels used for activities authorized under commercial fishing licenses (e.g. use of commercial fishing gear, even if for personal use purposes). This permit is not required for vessels used only for activities associated with the Inland Commercial Bait License, Marine Commercial Bait License, Commercial Blue Crab License, or Commercial Shad License.   Vessel Permit Application (Fillable-PDF)

A Party / Charter Vessel Registration is required for the operation of a vessel for a fee for the purpose of transporting and providing a fishing platform for sport fishermen in the marine district or for marine species in the inland district.   Vessel Permit Application (Fillable-PDF)

Dealer Licenses
A Seafood Dealer License is required to purchase, for resale, fish, lobsters, blue crabs, squid, and sea scallops from Connecticut Licensed Commercial Fishermen.  Dealer License Application (Fillable-PDF).  For further information contact DEEP Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043 or write to Marine Fisheries Office, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or e-mail at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov.

A Bait Dealer License is required to sell Bait Species.  Dealer License Application (Fillable-PDF).  For further information contact DEEP Inland Fisheries Division at (860) 424-3474 or write to Inland Fisheries Office, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or e-mail at deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov.

For information on Connecticut regulations governing the taking of lobsters, marine and anadromous finfish, and crabs by commercial and recreational fishermen, see Marine Fisheries Information Circular (PDF)


 Other Permits and Products

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Youth Fishing Passport -
The Youth Fishing Passport is a free printable certificate available through the DEEP Online Sportsmen Licensing System or by phone (860-424-3474) to any person who is under the age of 16.  For more information, please visit the Youth Fishing Passport page.

Hunting and Fishing Guide Registration - Effective 1/1/2015, individuals providing fishing and hunting guide services in Connecticut must register annually with the DEEP. The registration is valid for the calendar year.  Please note: any hunting or fishing guide carrying paying passengers on a vessel on marine waters, or on the Thames River, Connecticut River south of the Buckeley Bridge (Rte 84) in Hartford, or on the Housatonic River below the Derby Dam is required to hold a current passenger-for-hire license issued by the United States Coast Guard.  Operators and crew of vessels registered in Connecticut as a charter, party or head boat are exempt from the guide registration when providing guide services on the registered vessel.  Please refer to the Marine Fisheries Information Circular (PDF) if you are considering purchasing a Fishing Guide Registration to take marine species.  Registration fee is $100 and can be purchased through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System or in person at DEEP offices and other vendors where hunting and fishing licenses are available.

Environmental Tourism Cruise Vessel Permit is required to use a vessel for the temporary collection of marine fish and invertebrates for educational and or tourism purposes. All animals must be returned to the water safely prior to completion of the daily tour.

For an Environmental Tourism Cruise Vessel Permit use the:
      Environmental Tourism Cruise Vessel Permit Application (PDF)

A Marine Fishing Tournament/Derby Registration is required to conduct a marine fishing tournament or derby in Connecticut that is open to persons 16 years of age and older as described under section 26-159a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. There is no charge for the permit.

 Apply online using  {Link to EZ File}    What is ezFile?  

(Traditional paper applications will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)


Import Live Fish - For Bait Dealers Only

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(Traditional paper applications - Word/ PDF - will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)

(Bait Dealers Reporting Form - must be submitted annually by licensed bait dealers)

Required for commercial fish hatcheries and bait dealers to import live fish or live fish eggs into the state.

  • No permit is required to import common aquarium species. 
  • It is illegal to release any aquarium fish into public or private waters. 
  • Possession or importation of a number of fish species is prohibited. These prohibited species include piranha, walking catfish, black, silver & bighead carp, gizzard shad and all species of the family Channidae (snakeheads). 
  • For further information and a complete listing, contact Inland Fisheries at 860-424-3474. 
Importation Permit (General)
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(Traditional paper applications -  Word Form / PDF - will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)
 
Authorizes the importation of live fish or live fish eggs from out-of-state.
  • An importation permit is required for the importation into Connecticut of live fish or fish eggs.
  • List of Private Hatcheries (PDF)
Liberation (Stocking) Permit
Apply online using  {Link to EZ File}    What is ezFile?  
 
(Traditional paper applications -  Word Form / PDF - will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)
 
Authorizes the liberation (stocking) of live fish or live fish eggs into Connecticut waters.
  • A liberation permit is necessary whenever an individual or organization stocks live fish or fish eggs into any pond, lake or stream in Connecticut.
  • List of Private Hatcheries (PDF)
 
Importation and/or Liberation Permit for Triploid Grass Carp
Authorizes the importation, possession and liberation of triploid grass carp into inspected/approved ponds for the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
 
Apply online using  {Link to EZ File}    What is ezFile?   
(Traditional paper applications will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)

Required to conduct a fishing tournament or derby on waters open to public fishing involving anglers 16 years of age and older. Open water catch-and-release-only tournaments can be granted an exemption from Bass Management Area special regulations (exemptions available for all Bass Management lakes from September 1 through June 30, exemptions granted only for Gardner Lake and Mansfield Hollow Reservoir from July 1 to August 31).
 

 
Private Waters Designation  Word Form / PDF
The registration of private waters is required for any owner of private waters who desires to remove fish from such waters.

Scientific Collector's Permit  Word Form / PDF
This permit allows individuals to collect fish and crustaceans for scientific & educational purposes.

Special Regulations on Association Controlled Waters 

 Apply online using  {Link to EZ File}    What is ezFile?  

(Traditional paper applications - Word FormPDF - will still be accepted, but on-line filing is preferred.)

A permit for any association owning or controlling the fishing rights in any stream or pond to have special open and closed seasons, daily creel and season limits, and legal lengths of species taken from such waters.


DEEP Offices where licenses can be purchased:

Location Hours Phone
 DEEP Field Offices:      
 Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme  M-F 8:00 am-4:00 pm  860-434-6043  
 Eastern District, Marlborough  M-F 8:30 am-4:00 pm  860-295-9523  
 Western District, Harwinton  M-F 8:30 am-4:00 pm  860-485-0226  
 Franklin WMA, Franklin  M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm  860-424-3011  
 Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington  M-F 8:30 am-4:00 pm  860-424-3011  
 DEEP Main Office, 79 Elm St, Hartford      
 License & Revenue  M-F 9:00 am-4:00 pm  860-424-3105  
 DEEP Store  M-F 9:00 am-3:30 pm  860-424-3555  

DEEP Permits & Licenses

Content Last Updated May 2015