Connecticut Freshwater Regulations

SPECIESOPEN SEASON*MINIMUM LENGTHDAILY CREEL LIMIT
Alewife/Blueback Herring (anadromous)Taking of anadromous alewife & blueback herring from all Connecticut waters is prohibited.
Alewife/Blueback Herring (Landlocked)*Year RoundNo Minimum Length25
April 1- June 15No Minimum Length25
American Eel*Year Round9″25
American Shad*Year RoundNo Minimum Length6
Atlantic SalmonTaking of Atlantic Salmon is prohibited. Exception: Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fisheries.
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)Dec. 1, 2017 to Mar. 31, 2018No Minimum Length1
April 1, 2017 to 6:00 am April 14, 2018Closed to salmon fishing
6:00 am April 14, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2018No Minimum Length1
September 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018Catch and Release Only
Dec. 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019No Minimum Length1
Largemouth & Smallmouth BassLakes & Ponds *Year Round12″6
Rivers & Streams *Year RoundNo Minimum Length6
Connecticut River Year Round12″6
Catfish (Channel Catfish & White Catfish)& bullheadsYear RoundNo Minimum LengthCatfish – 6, Bullheads –
No limit
Common CarpYear RoundNo minimum length, only 1 fish >30”5
Bowfin, Tench, Suckers & Lampreys*Year RoundNo Minimum LengthNo Limit
Chain PickerelLakes & Ponds *Year Round15″6
Rivers & Streams *Year RoundNo Minimum LengthNo Limit
Hickory Shad*Year RoundNo Minimum Length6
Kokanee2nd Saturday in April – last day in FebruaryNo Minimum Length5
Northern Pike*Year Round26″2
Panfish (Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch)*Year RoundNo Minimum LengthNo limit
SmeltLakes & Ponds *Year RoundNo Minimum Length50
Striped Bass*Year Round28″1
Sturgeon, BurbotTaking of sturgeon and burbot prohibited.
Trout – Stamp may be requiredLakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams – 2nd Saturday in April –
last day in February
No Minimum Length5
Lower Rivers/Tidal Waters – *Year Round15″2
White PerchConnecticut River (including Coves & Tributaries) Tidally influenced Rivers &
Streams – *Year Round
7″30
Lakes & Ponds All other Rivers & Streams – *Year RoundNo Minimum LengthNo Limit
Walleye*Year Round18″2

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