Connecticut Freshwater Regulations

Connecticut Freshwater Regulations 

*Except in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year.
**Yellow Perch, white perch, calico bass (crappie), rock bass, bullheads, all species of catfish and all species of sunfish.

Species
Legal Methods
Open Season
Area
Minimum Length
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″
25
Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in streams and stream sections stocked with trout.  Spearing prohibited in all Lakes & Ponds. The taking of elver eel, glass eel and silver eel is prohibited
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.
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.
Snagging is strictly prohibited.
Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016
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
All Atlantic Broodstock salmon fishing is closed from April 1, 2016 to 6:00 am April 9, 2016.
All Atlantic Broodstock salmon fishing is catch and release fishing only from Sept. 1, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2016
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, 2016 to 6:00 am April 9, 2016
Closed
Closed
Closed
6:00 am April 9, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2016
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, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2016
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, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017
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 & 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
Carp, 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 streams or 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
5
Northern Pike
Angling, Icefishing
All areas
*Year Round
26″
2
Panfish**
Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing
All areas
*Year Round
None
None
Except 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
Sturgeon and Burbot
None
None
None
0
0
Taking of Sturgeon and burbot is prohibited.
Trout
Includes all species in aggregate(Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Lake, Tiger and other hybrids).
Angling, Icefishing
Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams
2nd Saturday in April to last day of February
None
5
Lower Rivers (Tidal waters)
*Year Round
15″
 2
White Perch
Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing
CT River (including coves and tributaries)
*Year Round
7″
30
Tidally influenced Rivers
*Year Round
7″
30
Lakes & Ponds and all other Rivers & Streams
*Year Round
None
None
Walleye
Angling, Icefishing
All areas
*Year Round
18″
2

 *Except in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year.

**Yellow Perch, white perch, calico bass (crappie), rock bass, bullheads, all species of catfish and all species of sunfish.

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