DEEP: Community Fishing Waters

Community Fishing Waters (Formerly Urban Fishing)

There are 15 lakes in Connecticut designated as Community Fishing Waters.  These waters are stocked with trout in the early spring and channel catfish in late spring/early summer to provide a year-round fishery.  All these waters are located along or close to public transportation routes to enhance fishing opportunities in urban neighborhoods.  Be sure to visit one of the Community Fishing Waters near you!

{Kids stocking trout}
         Kids stocking trout at Lake Wintergreen in Hamden

{Map of community fishing waters}

Town
  Size (acres) 
Waterbody    
Ansonia
3.6
Colony Pond*
Bridgeport 
42.0
Bunnell's Pond
Bristol
11.8
Birge Pond
Derby
9.0
Pickett's Pond
Enfield
8.0
Freshwater Pond
Hamden
58.0
Lake Wintergreen
Hartford
3.0
Keney Park Pond
Manchester
5.8
Center Springs Park Pond
Meriden
7.4
Mirror Lake (Hubbard Park Pond)
Middletown
2.9
Rowan’s Pond (Butternut Park Pond)
New Britain
6.4
Stanley Quarter Park Pond
New Haven
8.5
Beaver Park Pond/Lagoon
Norwich
14.0
Mohegan Park Pond
Waterbury
60.0
Lakewood Lake
Waterbury
2.1
Upper Fulton Park Pond
 * New for 2018

The Community Fishing Waters Program (formerly Urban Fishing) was established to promote natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities within urban neighborhoods.  The Community Fishing Waters Program started in 2006 by the Inland Fisheries Division enhances fishing opportunities in Connecticut’s major population centers by stocking trout and channel catfish. Trout can typically provide a spring (and possibly) a fall fishery in these areas.  To provide a second year-round fishery, channel catfish are stocked into these areas. By partnering with civic groups, municipal leaders and local citizens, the program also maximizes community involvement.

For additional information about the Community Fishing Waters program, please contact Mike Beauchene at 860-424-4185, mike.beauchene@ct.gov or deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov

Community Waters Brochure (PDF)

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Content last updated on January 2018.