DEEP: Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Trout and Salmon Stamp

Demarcation Lines


Determining Regulations

A summary of the Statewide Species Open Seasons, Legal Methods and Length and Daily Creel Limits can be found in the Fishing GuideNote: The Regulations on many water bodies differ from the Statewide regulations.

Use the following two-step process to determine regulations on a specific waterbody:

  1. Check the table of Inland District Statewide Species Regulations in the Fishing Guide for the general statewide regulations.
  2. Refer to the specific waterbody in the alphabetical listings of Lakes and Ponds or Rivers and Streams in the Fishing Guide for special site-specific regulations.  If no site-specific regulations are listed for a waterbody, statewide regulations apply for seasons, methods, and/or limits.

Unless otherwise indicated in the Lakes and Ponds and Rivers and Streams listings:

  • Lakes and ponds are open year round.
  • Rivers and streams are open from 6:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of April through the last day of February. (Closed to all fishing from March 1st to 6:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday in April).

The open seasons listed in the table of Inland District Statewide Species Regulations in the Fishing Guide do not apply in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year.

Lower River/Tidal Waters - Designated rivers and streams with no closed season.
These include the entire Connecticut and Thames Rivers, and downstream portions of the Coginchaug, Eight Mile, Farmington, Housatonic, Mattabesset, Naugatuck, Quinnipiac and Salmon Rivers, and Latimer and Whitfords Brooks. Check individual waterbody listing in the Fishing Guide for boundaries.

Be A Responsible Angler
Protecting both the resource and your access to the resource requires more than simply knowing and following the fishing regulations!

Respect Private Property

  • Do not cast onto docks or into permitted swim areas (when in doubt, cast elsewhere).
  • Ask permission before fishing from shore or wading on private property

Don't Litter, Don't Pollute

  • Keep your boat and motor properly maintained.
  • Retrieve all lures and gear.
  • Don't release live bait.
  • Leave your fishing area cleaner than you found it.

Be a Safe Boater

  • Obey boating regulations and check your safety gear frequently!

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Treat fellow anglers, other recreational users and property owners with courtesy.
  • Always be willing to share both the resource and your knowledge.

And always use common sense and be courteous!

Freshwater/Saltwater Fisheries Regulations