DEEP: Current Inland Fisheries Regulations

Statewide Inland Fisheries Regulations
(As of March 9, 2018)

Statewide regulations are the default regulations for all waterbodies throughout Connecticut unless the waterbody has its own specific regulations (please refer to the River and Stream or Lake and Pond section in the Angler's Guide).  Examples of waters that may have site specific regulations include Bass Management Lakes, Trout Management Areas and Trout Parks.
 
 
Species Legal Methods Open Season (Except in areas closed to all fishing during part of the year) Area Minimum Length (inches) Daily Creel Limit Notes
Anadromous (Migratory)  

Alewife/ Blueback Herring
None None  None None None Taking is  prohibited from all CT waters.
Landlocked (Non-migratory)  

Alewife/ Blueback Herring
Angling Year Round Amos Lake,
Ball Pond,
Beach Pond,
Candlewood Lake,
Crystal Lake (Ellington),
Highland Lake,
Mount Tom Pond,
Quassapuag Lake,
Quonnipaug Lake,
Squantz Pond, 
Uncas Lake,
Waramaug Lake
None  25  
Scoop net April 1- June 15
American Eel Angling, 
Icefishing,
Bobbing,
Bow and Arrow,
and Spearing
Year Round All areas  9" 

The taking of elver eel, glass eel, or silver eel prohibited.
25 Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in stream sections stocked with trout.  Spearing prohibited in all Lakes & Ponds.  
American Shad Angling Year Round CT River and Tributaries
None
 
 
 
 
 
6
 
 
 
 
 
Harvest of American Shad allowed only in the CT River and its tributaries.  All other waters catch and release. 
   
Atlantic Salmon  None None  None  None  0 Taking of Atlantic Salmon is prohibited.
Atlantic Salmon - Broodstock (Lakes)
Seasons and Methods in lakes stocked with broodstock Atlantic salmon are the same as for trout in that water body except that the Daily Creel Limit is One (1) salmon per day.  Effective March 9, 2018 a Trout and Salmon Stamp may be required. 
Atlantic Salmon - Broodstock
(Rivers)
 
Please refer to the most current Angler's Guide for complete details.
A single fly or artificial lure with a single free-swinging hook. 
Additional weight may not be added to the line.
Dec. 1, 2018 to Mar. 31, 2019  
Entire Naugatuck River below confluence of the East & West Branches  Shetucket River from the Scotland Dam to the Water St. Bridge. Entire Housatonic below the Derby Dam.
None   1
 
 
Effective March 9, 2018 a Trout and Salmon Stamp is required. 
 
 
All Atlantic Broodstock salmon fishing is closed from April 1, 2018 to 6:00 am April 14, 2018.
 
 
 
 
 

All Atlantic Broodstock salmon fishing is catch and release fishing only from Sept. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2018
 

Season and methods for Atlantic Salmon fishing in lakes and ponds are the same for trout in that waterbody except that the daily creel limit is "1" salmon.  
April 1, 2018 to 6:00 am April 14, 2018  Closed    Closed  Closed 
6:00 am April 14, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2018
Entire Naugatuck River below confluence of the East & West Branches  Shetucket River from the Scotland Dam to the Water St. Bridge. Entire Housatonic below the Derby Dam.
None   1
Sept. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2018
Entire Naugatuck River below confluence of the East & West Branches  Shetucket River from the Scotland Dam to the Water St. Bridge. Entire Housatonic below the Derby Dam. 
Catch and release only Catch and release only  
Dec. 1, 2018 through Mar. 31, 2019     
Entire Naugatuck River below confluence of the East & West Branches  Shetucket River from the Scotland Dam to the Water St. Bridge. Entire Housatonic below the Derby Dam.
None 1
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass (Black Bass) Angling, Icefishing  Lakes & Ponds Year Round 12" 6 Daily creel limit is for both species in aggregate.
Rivers & Streams Year Round  None  6
CT River Year Round 12" 6
Common Carp Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing, Bow and Arrow, and Spearing All Areas Year Round
None
5
Daily limit of 5 with only 1 fish over 30"
Trophy Common Carp Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing, Bow and Arrow, and Spearing Designated Trophy Common Carp Waters Year Round MAXIMUM SIZE LIMIT is 26" 
1
Daily limit of 1 fish 26" or less
Channel and White Catfish
Bullheads
Angling, Ice fishing, Bobbing All Areas Year Round
None
6
Catfish - Daily limit of 6 (both species in aggregate) Bullhead -no limit
Suckers, Sea Lamprey, Tench & Bowfin Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing, Bow and Arrow, and Spearing All areas Year Round None None Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in stream sections stocked with trout.  Spearing prohibited in all Lakes & Ponds. 
Chain Pickerel Angling, Icefishing Lakes & Ponds  Year Round  15" 6  
Rivers & Streams Year Round None   None
Hickory Shad Angling, Icefishing, Scoop Net All areas Year Round None 6 Daily creel limit is in aggregate with American Shad in CT River System.
Kokanee Angling, Icefishing All areas 2nd Saturday in April until last day of February None 8  
Northern Pike Angling, Icefishing All areas Year Round 26" 2  
Panfish (Yellow Perch, Calico Bass, Rock Bass, all species of sunfish). Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing All areas Year Round None None White Perch as noted.
Smelt Angling, Icefishing Lakes & Ponds Only Year Round None 50 Taking of smelt in Rivers & Streams prohibited.
Striped Bass Angling All Areas Year Round 28" 1 Bonus Striped Bass Voucher Program in effect May 1st to December 31, 2015.
Sturgeon None None None 0 0 Taking of Sturgeon is prohibited.
Trout
 
Includes all species in aggregate(Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Lake, and Tiger).
Angling, Icefishing Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams 2nd Saturday in April to last day of February None 5 Trout Stamp may be required
Lower Rivers (Tidal waters) Year Round     15"  2 Trout Stamp may be required
White Perch Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing CT River (including coves and tributaries) Year Round  7" 30  
Tidally influenced Rivers Year Round  7" 30
Lakes & Ponds or Rivers & Streams Year Round   None None
Walleye Angling, Icefishing All areas Year Round 18" 2  
 
   
 
Content last updated March 2018