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2018 CT Anglers Guide - CT.gov
Share the Experience—Take Someone Fishing • APRIL 14 Opening Day Trout Fishing

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ANGLER’S GUIDE
      INLAND & MARINE FISHING




YOUR
SOURCE
For CT Fishing
Information

» New Trout &
  Salmon Stamp
               » New Inland
                 Regulations
                                                        » New Marine
                                                          Regulations
    See page 8 & 20               for 2018                  for 2018
                                  See page 20               See page 58


      Connecticut Department of
      Energy & Environmental Protection               www.ct.gov/deep/fishing
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ANGLER’S GUIDE
          INLAND & MARINE FISHING
                                                                                           INLAND REGULATIONS
                                                                                           Easy two-step process:

Contents                                                                                   1. Check the REGULATION TABLE (page 21) for general statewide
                                                                                              regulations.
 General Fishing Information
                                                                                           2. Look up the waterbody in the LAKE AND PONDS
 Directory of Services Phone Numbers..............................2                           (pages 32–41) or RIVERS AND STREAMS (pages 44–52)
 Licenses........................................................................... 10       listings to find any special regulations.
 Permits............................................................................. 11
 National Saltwater Registry Program.............................. 11
 Trophy Fish Award Affidavit............................................. 12
 Trophy Fish Awards.......................................................... 13
 Bait and Tackle Shops..................................................... 14
 Law Enforcement............................................................. 16
 Are The Fish I Catch Safe To Eat?................................... 17
 Aquatic Invasive Species........................................... 18–19

 Inland Fisheries
 Inland Recreational Fishing Regulations......................... 21
 Definitions..................................................................26–27
 Disabled Access.............................................................. 27
 Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fishery............................... 28
 Alewives & Blueback Herring........................................... 28
 Neighborhood Fishing Opportunities..............................30
 Record Freshwater Fish................................................... 31
 Lakes & Ponds........................................................... 32–41
 A Guide to Catchable Freshwater Fish......................42–43
 Rivers & Streams........................................................44–52             LEARN TO FISH: Free Classes, Page 6
                                                                                           The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program
 Marine Fisheries                                                                          will introduce you and your family to the fun of fishing. Expert
 Line Between Marine & Inland Districts...........................54                       instruction, hands-on activities and a fishing trip will lead to
 Fishing in Coastal State Parks.........................................55                 wonderful time spent outside with your family or friends.
 Enhanced Fishing Opportunities.....................................56
 Marine Angler Survey ...................................................... 57                                      ON THE COVER
 Marine Volunteer Angler Survey Program....................... 57
                                                                                                                     Jeanne Wadsworth with a nice Largemouth
 Marine Recreational Regulations.....................................58                                              Bass she caught at Breakneck Pond (Nipmuck
 Rules Covering Crabs, Lobsters, Shellfish & Bait...........60                                                       State Forest, Union). Jeanne cast a top water
 Coastal Boat Launches.................................................... 61                                        “Rebel Pop-R” lure to a small opening in the
 State Record Marine Fish................................................62                                          weeds in Breakneck Pond and popped it once
 Tide Table.........................................................................64                               before there was an explosion out of the
                                                                                                                     water. “I set the hook and held on. My kayak
                                                                                                                     was being towed around and with only 8 lb line
                                                                                                                     on, I didn't think I had a prayer at landing it.
            Opening Day: April 14th, 2018                                                                            Fortunately, it wrapped itself around a stump
                                                                                                                     that I could get to and as I approached it I saw
                                                                                                                     the huge mouth. I was able to reach down and
                                                                                                                      get it. Held it up for a couple of quick shots
    FAMILY FISHING DAY 2018                                                                                           and released it back. Such an awesome
                                                                                                                      experience especially from a kayak.”
                                                                                                                      (photo by Sandra Vinton)
    May 12th—no license required.

                                                                                           TO REPORT A
                                                                                           WILDLIFE VIOLATION
For updates to the 2018
CT Angler’s Guide and other                                                                Call 1-800-842-HELP
fishing information see:                                                                   24 Hours Toll Free • All Calls Confidential
www.ct.gov/deep/fishing                                                                    CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection



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ANGLER’S GUIDE  INLAND & MARINE FISHING
                       The Connecticut Angler’s Guide is published annually by the
                                            State of Connecticut
                                           Dannel P. Malloy, Governor
           Department of Energy &                                       Marine Fisheries Program                                 Williamstown, MA | Birmingham, AL
          Environmental Protection                                   Mark Alexander, Assistant Director
         Robert Klee, Commissioner
     Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner                                      Department of Energy &
                                                                           Environmental Protection

                                                                                                                            About This Guide
          Bureau of Natural Resources                                            79 Elm Street
            William A. Hyatt, Chief                                        Hartford, CT 06106-5127
                                                                                www.ct.gov/deep
                Fisheries Division
            Peter J. Aarrestad, Director
                                                                                                                            This high-quality guide is offered to you
                                                                                                                            by the Connecticut Department of Energy
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Disabilities Act. Please contact us at (860) 418-5910 or DEEP.accomodations@ct.gov if you: have a disability                its unique partnership with J.F. Griffin
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                                                                                                                                       Graphic Design:
    Directory of Services                                                                                                      Jon Gulley, Dane Fay, John Corey,
    For additional information the following DEEP offices may be contacted from 8:30 a.m. to                                   Evelyn Haddad, Chris Sobolowski
    4:30 p.m. Please note that the DEEP – Licensing and Revenue Permit Sales Office is open
    from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Note that the Sales Office closes at noon before major holidays
    and may close early during periods of severe weather.
    DEEP website............................www.ct.gov/deep   Parks & Recreation...............860-424-3200
    Fisheries Division                                        Wildlife....................................860-424-3011
    (Central Office).........................860-424-3474     Forestry..................................860-424-3630
    Inland Fisheries.....................860-424-3474         General DEEP Information....860-424-3000
                                                              Licensing & Revenue.............860-424-3105
    Marine Fisheries Program
    (Headquarters—Old Lyme)......860-434-6043                 DEEP Store
                                                              (Maps & Publications).............860-424-3555
    Environmental
    Conservation Police..............860-424-3012

    Field Services
    Questions concerning hunting, trapping, fishing, boating, camping, recreational use of state
    lands, forestry, and law enforcement may be directed to one of the following field offices
    (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
    Eastern Area                                              Marine Law
    Headquarters.........................860-295-9523         Enforcement..........................860-434-9840
    Western Area                                              Boating Safety
    Headquarters.........................860-485-0226         and Education........................860-434-8638
    Marine Headquarters............860-434-6148

    Other Useful Numbers
                                                                                                                                  This guide is also
    Aquaculture Division (Dept. Of Agriculture)               Oil And Chemical Spill
    Shellfish..................................203-874-0696   Response Division.................860-424-3338                      available online at
    24 Hour Emergency Numbers
    Toll free report a violation.....1-800-842-4357           DEEP Emergency Dispatch. 860-424-3333



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GO FISH… JOG, HIKE, SKI AND BIKE!




                 The Regional Water Authority’s (RWA) Recreation Permit
                 program is a perfect way for anglers to cast their lines along
                 picturesque reservoirs and for outdoor enthusiasts to share in
                 the splendor of more than 50 miles of marked, easily accessible
                 trails nestled in scenic southern Connecticut.
                 With a Recreation Permit, you can fish for trout, bass and
                 walleye at Lake Saltonstall, trout, bass and catfish at the Maltby
                 Lakes and bass and panfish at Lake Chamberlain, as well as
                 along 7.5 miles of streams running through RWA watershed
                 lands in Orange, Woodbridge, Hamden, North Haven, Northford,
                 Madison and Killingworth.
                 And, the fun doesn’t end when fishing season is over. You can
                 jog, hike, watch birds, cross-country ski and bike, and you’ll
                 have access to special family events such as nature walks,
                 fishing derbies and a photo contest. Children under 21 enjoy
                 four seasons of fun for free when accompanied by an adult
                 permit holder.
                 Getting your permit is easy and
                 affordable. Visit www.rwater.com/
                 recreation or call 203-401-2654.
                 Buying an RWA Recreation Permit is
                 like contributing to a conservation
                 organization. Your support helps us
                 protect our watershed lands.

                      @RWARecreation
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Message from the Bureau Chief

  R3—Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation of Hunters and Anglers
                       R3, or recruitment, retention,    through the purchase of licenses and gear. By          trout parks, community fishing areas, free fishing
                       and reactivation, is the newest   now, I hope all of Connecticut’s hunters and           days, and Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day.
                       buzz word being bantered          anglers know that 100% of the money they pay for          Let’s get back to R3 and the need to do
                       about Fish and Wildlife           licenses and permits comes back to our Agency          even more. Going forward to help motivate and
                       Agencies. At first glance, R3     and is used to fund natural resource programs.         inspire, we will make hunting and fishing infor-
                       seems like nothing new. After     But, it’s not just about the money! Conservation       mation more convenient as we deliver interactive
                       all, it is just another way of    of our fish, wildlife, and natural landscape is a      maps, posts on social media, and live stream
                       saying that our agencies need     quality of life issue that affects not only us, but    about fish and wildlife (check out our Facebook
  to pay close attention to the ever-changing inter-     our children and all subsequent generations. Our       page at www.Facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife).
  ests and behavior of our customers if we are to        collective ability to succeed in conserving critical   We also will be emailing relevant news and
  remain a vital force for conservation, hunting,        habitat, public access for fishing and hunting, or     information through monthly newsletters
  and fishing through the 21st century. But, it          just enjoying nature is a function of having both      and exploring truly innovative methods for
  is something new, really new. While agencies           the financial resources and political will to get      contacting and encouraging lapsed sportsmen
  like ours have always understood the need to           the job done and done right. Funding provided          to get back outdoors. However, we cannot do
  recruit new sportsmen and women—witness our            by sportsmen is our foundation and the large           this alone. To be successful, we need to call on
  tremendously successful Conservation Educa-            number of hunters and anglers, found across all        each of you to be on the lookout for friends and
  tion/Firearms Safety and Aquatic Resource              walks of life in Connecticut, are the engine that      family members who used to hunt and fish but
  Education programs—we have not historically            makes all of this possible.                            no longer do. We need you to reach out to these
  recognized the importance of retaining and reac-          Sportsmen spend a huge amount of time in            folks and help them return to the outdoors. Often
  tivating participants or understood the impact of      the woods and on the waters learning what they         all that is needed is an invitation; your excite-
  “churn” on our customer base. Most of us have          need to know to be successful. In the process,         ment and passion will carry the day. Please join
  grown up thinking that the majority of hunters         they absorb a great deal of knowledge on how           me in making a pledge for 2018 to re-introduce
  and anglers purchase a license each and every          natural systems work and develop an instinctive        someone to hunting, take a kid or a friend fishing,
  year. However, recent data have revealed this is       feel for what is truly needed to conserve fish and     buy someone a license, or invite a nonmember to
  simply not the case. In fact, participation rates of   wildlife. Along with this comes a passion for wild     your club. You will be doing them a favor and also
  two or three years out of five are more the norm       places and, oftentimes, a lifelong commitment to       helping future generations and all of Connecticut
  (this is “churn”) and many people stop buying a        hunting and fishing traditions and environmental       in the process.
  license at some point due to unrelated life events     stewardship. In short, these sportsmen become             Thank you and best wishes for a great year of
  and simply do not return to the sport.                 the public’s most knowledgeable, passionate, and       hunting and fishing in Connecticut!
     Why is this so important? I’ve previously           effective conservationists. This is why our Agency
  written about the amazing contributions hunters        has invested so deeply in conservation educa-          William A. Hyatt
  and anglers make in supporting conservation            tion, youth hunting days, pheasant stocking,           Chief, Bureau of Natural Resources



       BE A RESPONSIBLE ANGLER                                                             DO YOUR PART FOR
       Protecting both the resource and your access to the resource requires               WETLAND CONSERVATION —
       more than simply knowing and following the fishing regulations!                     BUY A CONNECTICUT
       Respect Private Property                                                            MIGRATORY BIRD
       • Do not cast onto docks or into permitted swim areas (when in                      CONSERVATION STAMP!
         doubt, cast elsewhere).
       • Ask permission before fishing from shore, or wading on private                    The Connecticut Migratory
         property.                                                                         Bird Conservation Stamp
                                                                                           Program provides the sole
       Don’t Litter, Don’t Pollute                                                         source of funding for many
       •   Keep your boat and motor properly maintained.                                   of the wetland projects that
                                                                                           are conducted in the state.
       •   Retrieve all lures and gear.
                                                                                           These projects benefit the
       •   Don’t release live bait.
                                                                                           approximately 274 fish,
       •   Leave your fishing area cleaner than you found it!                              birds, mammals, amphib-
                                                                                           ians, and reptiles of the
       Be A Safe Boater                                                                    state that rely upon clean, healthy wetlands.
       • Obey boating regulations, and check your safety gear frequently!
                                                                                           All migratory bird hunters are required to purchase a Connecticut
         Call 1-800-842-4357 to report violations.
                                                                                           Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. However, anyone interested in
       Be A Good Neighbor                                                                  supporting wetland conservation is encouraged to purchase a stamp
       • Treat fellow anglers, other recreational users and property                       for $17 online at www.ct.gov/deep/SportsmenLicensing (you
         owners with courtesy.                                                             will need to get a Conservation ID) or by sending a check to DEEP
                                                                                           License and Revenue, 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106 and requesting
       • Always be willing to share both the resource and your knowledge.                  a stamp or stamps (ordered stamps will be sent through the mail).
       And always use common sense and be courteous!



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2018 FISHING PHOTO                                                       Andrea Nivolo with her quality 4
                                                                         Smallmouth Bass from Candlewo
                                                                                                          plus pound
                                                                                                           od Lake.




 CONTEST
 WINNERS                                                               Joe Diorio holds a nice 37" Nort
                                                                       Pike caught using a live Bluegill
                                                                       Bantam Lake.
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                                                                      Jack Dugay hooks into a 13.5" porg
                                                                                                              y
                                                                      on his last bit of clam while fishi
                                                                                                          ng off
                                                                      the rocks.




                                                                    Gabby Ferraiolo holds her 19" 3
                                                                                                    plus
                                                                    pound Black Sea Bass caught at
                                                                                                     south
                                                                    west reef in Clinton on squid.




            Bass-tastic Memory
                                        th Bass she caught at
  Jeanne Wadsworth with a nice Largemou
                                        Union).
  Breakneck Pond (Nipmuck State Forest,
  Photo by Sandra Vinton.


                                                                    Lea Trueblood would like to insp
                                                                                                     ire
                                                                    other women to get out and fish.
Please check out other great photo submissions                     She shows off her biggest CT Rive
                                                                                                       r
                                                                   Smallmouth, a 5 plus pounder caug
used throughout this Angler’s Guide and on our                     in early April.
                                                                                                         ht

web page at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing

What better way to share the excitement of your catch
than to have every angler carrying it around. We are now
accepting high quality photos (please submit digital images to:
deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov) of anglers with their catches from
Connecticut waters for the 2019 CT Angler's Guide.
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    FREE FAMILY FISHING LESSONS!



    Where Connecticut Learns to Fish!
    Since 1986, the CARE program has been training and partnering with
    volunteers in order to conduct FREE family fishing courses around the state!
    Let CARE introduce you and your family to the wonderful world of fishing
    and connect you to CT’s amazing natural resources.
    For more information about CARE, becoming an instructor, and our class
    schedule visit www.ct.gov/deep/fishingclasses.                                                                 CARE
                                                                                                                  Connecticut
    Annual CARE Special Fishing Events                   Family Fishing & Family Ice Fishing Classes                Aquatic
    • February: Winterfest with No Child Left Inside©    • Held at a location near you                            Resources
    • May: Family Fishing Day                            • Classroom instruction (2 hours)
    • August: Saltwater Fishing Event                    • Fishing trip to a local water                           Education
                                                         • www.ct.gov/deep/fishingclasses
    Summer Camp Fishing Programs                         • Equipment is provided for use
    • Half-day classes for campers                                                                               860.663.1656
    • Partner with summer camps                          Forster Pond School Partnership                      www.ct.gov/deep/care
    • Morning & afternoon classes                        • Teachers are trained on CARE curriculum
    • Up to 30 campers age 8–15                          • Students are taught in their own classroom
                                                         • Field trip to our fishing education center


    Share your passion for fishing. Join our team.
    Become a CARE volunteer fishing Instructor!
    CARE new instructor training courses are offered each
    February and June. Call us at 860-663-1656 to apply.
    Applicants must pass a State Police background check.

    Thank You Instructors!
    The CARE Program would like to thank all volunteer
    Instructors — especially JOHN BARR, KEVIN FULLER,
    PAUL GRAY, and BOB MANGIONE who have been teaching
    fishing classes for 15 years! Together, these environmental
    stewards have combined to volunteer over 2,100 hours while                                            Care Instructor
    being involved in teaching fishing classes and events for        Care Instructor    Care Instructor                     Care Instructor
                                                                       John Barr         Kevin Fuller       Paul Gray
                                                                                                                            Bob Mangione
    over 45,000 new anglers. Thank you CARE Instructors!
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THE SIMPLE ACT OF FISHING, PRESERVES FISHING.
Every time you purchase a fishing license or register your boat, a portion of the proceeds go toward preserving
our nation’s coastlines, lakes, rivers and streams. Protecting our memories on the water for generations to come.

           Learn more at TakeMeFishing.org/Conservation
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Trout & Salmon Stamp

CONNECTICUT’S NEW TROUT & SALMON STAMP
Funding Trout and Salmon Fishing for Future Generations!                                                     FISHWAYS
In order to maintain its trout and salmon programs, DEEP has established an additional revenue
source in the form of a trout & salmon stamp. As with your fishing licenses, all (100%) of the
                                                                                                             AND FISHING
money generated from your purchase of a trout & salmon stamp goes to support Connecticut’s                   Fishing is prohibited in the area immedi-
fish and wildlife programs.                                                                                  ately downstream or upstream of a fishway,
                                                                                                             generally for a distance of 250 feet from
WHO NEEDS A TROUT &                                    WHAT’S THE FEE FOR A TROUT                            the fishway. Note that at some fishways,
                                                                                                             this distance may vary from 250 feet.
SALMON STAMP                                           & SALMON STAMP
A trout & salmon stamp is now required for             The fee for a trout & salmon stamp is $5.00           At locations where the distance from the
anyone age 16 and older (including those age           ($3.00 for CT residents ages 16 & 17). The stamp      fishway does differ from 250 feet, the
65 and over) when:                                     is issued for the calendar year and expires on        boundaries of the “no-fishing” area will
1. Fishing in the designated Trout Management          December 31st (just as most fishing licenses).        be as posted by DEEP (look for signs and/
   Areas (TMA), Wild Trout Management Areas                                                                  or large rocks painted red marking the
   (WTMA), Trout Parks, and Atlantic Salmon            OBTAINING THE STAMP IS EASY                           boundaries).
   Broodstock areas; or                                The trout & salmon stamp can be obtained just         Anglers with questions about the “no-
2. Harvesting trout, Kokanee, or Atlantic              as you obtained your fishing license:                 fishing” zones around any of the over 60
   Salmon.                                             • Online at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing or www.ct.gov/    fishways in the state should contact DEEP’s
                                                          deep/getmyfishinglicense, or
                                                                                                             Diadromous Fisheries Restoration Program
WHO DOES NOT NEED A                                    • In person at one of our offices, a town hall that
                                                                                                             (Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043.
TROUT & SALMON STAMP                                      has opted to sell licenses, or at a number of
1. Anyone younger than 16 years of age.                   other vendors. For a complete list of vendors,
2. Holders of lifetime fishing licenses issued to         visit the DEEP website or call DEEP Licensing
   persons that are blind, have an intellectually         and Revenue (860-424-3105).
   disability, or certain physical disabilities (see
   page 10).
                                                       There is no physical stamp; when you purchase
                                                       a Trout & Salmon stamp, a line noting that you
                                                                                                             INFORMACIÓN
3. Anyone fishing waters stocked at no expense
   to the state (waters stocked with trout by
                                                       have obtained a stamp is added to your license        DISPONIBLE
   another entity, but not stocked by the state).
                                                       document (if purchasing online, don’t forget to
                                                       print the updated license).                           EN ESPAÑOL
                                                                                                             RELACIONADA
                                                                                                             CON LA PESCA EN
                                                                                                             CONNECTICUT —
                                                                                                             WWW.CT.GOV/
                                                                                                             DEEP/CARE
                                                                                                             Los folletos de la pesca en aguas dulces y
                                                                                                             aguas saladas fuerón traducidos al español
                                                                                                             para la distribución a la comunidad hispana
                                                                                                             residente en Connecticut. El objetivo de
                                                                                                             los folletos de pesca en español es para
                                                                                                             ayudar a fomentar, aumentar, y promover
                                                                                                             la participación hispana en esta actividad.
                                                                                                             Somos afortunados en Connecticut por
                                                                                                             el gran abastecimiento de peces. La
                                                                                                             población de Connecticut tiene la opor-
                                                                                                             tunidad a pescar a no más de 5 millas
                                                                                                             de su residencia. Las aguas dulces de
                                                                                                             Connecticut le ofrece pescar peces
                                                                                                             tales como la Trucha, la Lobina, el Lucio
                                                                                                             Norteamericano, y el Panfish. Si su pref-
                                                                                                             erancia es pez de agua salada, las aguas
                                                                                                             de Connecticut le ofrece pesca peces tales
                                                                                                             como la Lobina Rayada, Summer Flounder,
                                                                                                             Anjona, y Porgy. ¡Vamonos a Pescar!




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Marine Regulations

THE CHANGING FACE OF MARINE
FISHERIES REGULATIONS:
                  The goal of regulating marine
                  fisheries is to prevent overfish-
                  ing and maintain over time,
                  abundant, self-sustaining
                  fisheries, based on the best
                  scientific information while
remaining fair and equitable to recreational and
commercial fishermen.
   As marine fishes more often than not cross
state boundaries, stewardship of the resource
is maintained by multi-state commissions and
regional fishery management councils. In our
case, fish are managed in state waters by the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
and in federal waters by the New England Fish-
ery Management Council. Each individual state
contributes to the process by submitting data,
providing technical and advisory support, and
compiling feedback from the public. Ultimately,
states are responsible to implement a collective
management decision made through a larger             the implementation of a regulation at the state        For more information about marine fisher-
commission or council.                                level to support a plan to address an identi-       ies management, please visit the Atlantic States
   To achieve this goal, an intensive process has     fied issue for a particular species throughout      Marine Fisheries Commission’s web page at http://
been standardized to ensure that all stakehold-       its range.                                          www.asmfc.org/fisheries-science/fisheries-science-101.
ers have input on the interpretation of the best         The graphic above summarizes key steps in           Because of the process, marine regulations are
available scientific data about a species. The        the process for the development or change in        often finalized after the start of the calendar year
process is multi-tiered and involves input from       the regulation for a species through the Atlantic   (which is why the Connecticut Angler’s Guide is
many people along the way. The final product is       States Marine Fisheries Commission.                 not ready for distribution on January 1).



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RECREATIONAL FISHING LICENSES                                                                                              CT RESIDENT CT RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Thank you for your support of fisheries programs and our fisheries. All                      LICENSE TYPE                   AGE 18–64 AGE 16 OR 17 16 OR OLDER
(100%) of the money generated from your purchase of a license goes                                                             FEE         FEE         FEE
to support Connecticut’s fish and wildlife. Your support is critical to
                                                                                                       SPORT FISHING LICENSES (FEE IS US DOLLARS) *
help sustain your fisheries resources.
   An Inland fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or              Inland waters only *                         $28                $14                  $55
older fishing in the Inland District (see page 54 for demarcation between
Inland and Marine Districts). A marine recreational fishing license is              Marine waters only *                         $10                 $5                  $15
required for anyone age 16 of age or older fishing from shore or from a
                                                                                    All waters *                                 $32                $16                  $63
boat in the marine district. Most licenses are issued on a calendar year
basis and expire on December 31st.                                                  1 day — Marine waters only *                  $5                 $3                  n/a
   Licenses are available online at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing. Licenses are
also available at participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEEP field         3 consecutive days —
                                                                                                                                  n/a                n/a                 $22
offices. For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEEP website or call DEEP        Inland waters only *
Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).                                               3 consecutive days —
                                                                                                                                  n/a                n/a                 $8
                                                                                    Marine waters only *
Active Armed Forces Members
Any active, full-time member of the armed forces may be issued fishing                                  COMBINATION LICENSES (FEE IS US DOLLARS) *
and/or small game firearms licenses for the resident fee. Proof of member-          Inland Waters and
ship during the calendar year must be carried while using the license.                                                           $38                $19                 $110
                                                                                    Firearms hunting *
These licenses are available only at town clerk and select DEEP offices.
                                                                                    Marine Waters and
                                                                                                                                 $25                $13                  $94
Other Recreational Marine Licenses                                                  Firearms hunting *
Special “Personal Use” licenses are required for: a) persons taking                 All Waters and
lobsters for their own use by up to 10 pots or SCUBA, and B) persons                                                             $40                $20                 $120
                                                                                    Firearms hunting *
taking menhaden with a single gill net not more than 60 feet in length,
                                                                                    All Waters and bow and arrow
for personal use from marine waters only.                                           permit to hunt deer and                      $65                $33                  n/a
• Personal Use Lobster License: $60.00                                              small game *
   (purchase of pot tags also required if using pots)
• Personal Use Gillnet License for Menhaden: $100                                                                         FREE LICENSES *

   Marine “Personal Use” licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, are          CT Resident age 65 and older *                n/a                n/a                 n/a
non-transferable, and are only issued by DEEP Licensing and Revenue at
79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106-5127. See www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense                                      FREE SPECIAL LICENSES
                                                                                    (AVAILABLE ONLY AT PARTICIPATING TOWN HALLS AND SELECTED DEEP OFFICES).
for additional information and a license application.
                                                                                    Blind Inland or Marine fishing
                                                                                                                                 Free               Free                 n/a
                                                                                    license (lifetime).1
     FREE FISHING LICENSE DAYS                                                      Intellectual disability Inland or
                                                                                                                                 Free               Free                 n/a
                                                                                    Marine fishing license (lifetime).2
     June 17th & August 11th.                                                                                                                                     Free to qualified
     Get a free one-day license to fish on these days.                              Physically handicapped (loss of
                                                                                                                                                                   nonresidents
                                                                                    one or more limbs, or perma-
                                                                                                                                                                   who reside in
                                                                                    nent loss of the use of one or
                                                                                                                                 Free               Free            states which
                                                                                    more limbs), Inland or Marine
                                                                                                                                                                   allow CT resi-
                                                                                    waters fishing, hunting, or
                                                                                                                                                                  dents the same
     GROUP FISHING LICENSES                                                         combination licenses (lifetime).3
                                                                                                                                                                      privilege.
                                                                                    * T ROUT & SALMON STAMP MAY BE NEEDED. $5.00 fee—SEE PAGE 8.
     Available to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations wishing to conduct group
     fishing programs and events for qualified:                                     1 Issuance of a free license to a person who is blind requires proof of blindness from the
                                                                                       Department of Rehabilitation Services, or in the case of a veteran, by the United States
     • Veterans with a service-related or other disability.                            Veterans' Administration.
     • Persons receiving mental health or addiction services from the               2 Issuance of a free license to a person with intellectual disabilities requires proof of intel-
         Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and                lectual disability (as defined in Public Act 11-16) in the form of a certificate provided by a
         associated programs & facilities.                                             licensed physician or a licensed advanced practice registered nurse.
     • Individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities receiving services      3 A ny resident with the loss of a limb or the permanent loss of the use of a limb and a
         from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or a facility             certificate to that effect provided by a licensed physician or a licensed advanced practice
         licensed by DDS; or                                                           registered nurse may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents
     • Persons receiving care from the Department of Children and                      of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.
         Families (DCF), DCF receiving homes, or certain DCF-licensed child
         care facilities or programs.
     Qualified organizations can apply for a Group Fishing License ($125.00) to
                                                                                   COMMERCIAL LICENSES
     hold up to 50 events per year (both inland and marine water). Each event      A commercial license is required to take, possess or land (regardless where
     is limited to 50 people and must be supervised by organization staff or       taken) fish, lobsters, blue crabs, whelk, squid, sea scallops, horseshoe
     volunteers (who must have their fishing licenses). No fee can be charged to   crabs and bait species intended for sale from both the inland and marine
     participate and the events may not be used as a fundraiser.                   districts. Contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program at 860-434-6043
     Contact DEEP Inland Fisheries for more information and application forms.     or write to the Marine Fisheries Program at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov
                                                                                   or P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 for further information on com-
                                                                                   mercial fishing www.ct.gov/deep/CommercialFishing.

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Permits
                          Submit your permit applications online —            Special Regulations on Association Controlled Waters
                          A convenient on-line system is now available        Any association owning or controlling the fishing rights in a stream or pond
                          for the submittal of fisheries related permits.     may request a temporary change in fishing regulations at their water body.
                          The ezFile system offers a safe, secure, and
convenient process to submit your permit applications. After DEEP             Private Waters Registration
review, you will receive the appropriate documentation via email, no          Can be acquired by individuals or a corporation that meet the eligibility
more paper to fax, scan or mail.                                              criteria. There is a non-refundable $70.00 application fee. As each situ-
Questions about ezFile or need help? Call us at 860-424-FISH (3474).          ation is unique, please call 860-424-3474 to discuss options.
1. Get started with ezFile:
                                                                              Marine Fish Tournament/Derby Registration
2. Download Google Chrome (recommended browser)
                                                                              Required to conduct a marine fishing tournament or derby in Connecti-
3. Selecting the ezFile icon on http://www.ct.gov/deep/fishing
                                                                              cut that is open to persons 16 years of age and older as described under
4. Select “create an account”
                                                                              section 26-159a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
5. Follow the instructions (should take about 5 minutes).
                                                                              There is no charge for the registration.
FISHERIES RELATED PERMITS AND
REGISTRATIONS SERVED BY EZFILE:
Inland Fishing Tournament/Derby Permit
                                                                                   IMPORTATION AND/OR
Required to conduct a fishing tournament or derby on inland waters open            LIBERATION PERMIT FOR
to public fishing involving anglers 16 years or older. Organized events,
like fishing tournaments, are usually limited to 50% of the parking                TRIPLOID GRASS CARP
capacity at a state-owned launch. Open water catch-and-release-only
                                                                                   Authorizes the importation, possession and liberation of triploid
tournaments can be granted an exemption from Bass Management
                                                                                   grass carp into inspected/approved ponds. Possession of diploid
Area special regulations (exemptions available for all Bass Management
                                                                                   grass carp is prohibited. Triploid grass carp represent one method
lakes from September 1 through June 30, exemptions granted only for
                                                                                   of controlling nuisance aquatic vegetation. The Fisheries Division
Gardner Lake and Mansfield Hollow Reservoir from July 1 to August 31).
Additional guidelines and restrictions may apply for open-water trout
                                                                                   inspects all ponds to determine regulatory compliance, particularly
tournaments/derbies conducted on waters managed by the state for trout.            to verify that the fish can not escape from the waters in which they
                                                                                   were stocked, thereby preventing off-site damage to aquatic habitats.
Liberation (Stock) of Live Fish                                                    Grass carp information packets and application forms can be obtained
Required each time any live fish or live fish eggs are released into any           by contacting the Fisheries Division at 860-424-3474.
pond, lake, or stream in Connecticut (it is illegal to introduce any
aquarium fish into any waters of Connecticut).
Importation of Live Fish or Fish Eggs
Required each time live fish or live fish eggs are brought into Connecti-          NATIONAL SALTWATER
cut from outside the State (No permit is required to import common
aquarium species).
                                                                                   ANGLER REGISTRY
   Note: Possession or importation of a number of species including                Congress, through the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation
piranha, walking catfish, black, silver and bighead carp, gizzard shad,            and Management Act, called on NOAA Fisheries to create a national
and all species of snakehead (family Channidae) is prohibited.                     registry of saltwater anglers. Required by the Magnuson-Stevens
                                                                                   Act, the Marine Recreational Angler Program (MRIP) is a partnership
                                                                                   working to improve saltwater recreational fishing data collection and
     Permits are required for these activities:                                    provide more informed fisheries conservation.
     • Stock fish or import live fish into the state                               The angler registry will improve data collection by creating a universe of
     • Conduct a fishing tournament or derby                                       saltwater anglers, essentially a phonebook of fishermen. This resource
     • Use grass carp to manage aquatic plants                                     will help reduce bias and improve the efficiency of catch and effort
                                                                                   surveys. Instead of asking a random sample of coastal U.S. residents
                                                                                   if they’ve gone fishing (what is currently done), an angler registry
                                                                                   through a phone or mail survey would allow surveyors to call upon
                                                                                   those who have already identified themselves as saltwater fishermen.
    NOTICE TO SPORTSMEN
                                                                                   Anglers please note:
     A judgement or a plea of guilty, forfeiture of a bond, or payment of
                                                                                   New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire
     a fine for a fishing, hunting, or trapping violation may result in the
                                                                                   also have marine license or registration requirements. Connecticut has
     suspension of your fishing, hunting, or trapping license.
                                                                                   reciprocity (your CT marine waters fishing license will be accepted)
                                                                                   with all these states except for New Hampshire where a CT resident
                                                                                   will need to obtain a New Hampshire saltwater license. Note that
     BUY ONLINE                                                                    residents of Connecticut are required to have a CT resident marine
     ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE                                                         waters sport fishing license to fish in Connecticut’s Marine District.
    of purchasing fishing, hunting                                                 Connecticut anglers holding valid marine waters fishing license are
    and trapping licenses and permits                                              exempt from National Saltwater Angler Registry.
    directly over the internet.                                                    For more information, please see www.countmyfish.noaa.gov or
    MOBILE FRIENDLY!                                                               www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/recreational
    www.ct.gov/deep/fishing

www.ct.gov/deep/fishing                                                                                                                                         11
Trophy Fish Award Program

                                                TROPHY FISH AWARD AFFIDAVIT
     NOTE: POTENTIAL STATE RECORD FISH MUST BE WEIGHED ON A CERTIFIED SCALE.
     Kind of Fish                                           Where Caught                                              Town (port)
     PHOTOGRAPH (PICTURE) MUST ACCOMPANY AFFIDAVIT.
     DATE CAUGHT              /        /          CATCH & RELEASE?  Yes  No                YOUTH OR ADULT?  Youth (under 16 years of age)  Adult
     HOW CAUGHT
      Fly Fishing  Bait Casting  Bottom Fishing  Spin Fishing               Live Bait     Trolling     Ice Fishing     Day       Night
     Kind of Lure or Bait Used
     CAUGHT BY
     Angler (print & sign name)                                                                            Conservation ID#
     Mailing Address                                                                                       Phone Number
     Email

     MEASURING & WEIGHING (Harvested fish may be weighed at any CT bait and tackleshop.)
     Catch & Release Length (inches)
     Harvested Fish (caught & kept) Weight (lbs, ozs)                                                      Length (inches)
     Weigh In Location
     Witness                                                 Date                    Phone Number                        Email
     I, (signature & address of witness)                                                                                                  witnessed the
     measuring and weighing (Catch-and-Release fish must include an image of the fish next to a measuring device and need not be weighed) of the above-described
     fish, and verified the weight and measurements. The fish was weighed on a scale inspected by the CT Department of Consumer Protection.
     Certification #                                    or Vendor Name                                      or Inspectors Name
     APPLICANT CERTIFICATION
     “I hereby attest that that the information submitted is true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. Further, I understand that a false
     statement or false information submitted in support of this trophy fish award affidavit may result in my entry (affidavit) being disqualified, and it may also
     affect my eligibility for trophy fish awards in future years."
     Signature of Applicant                                                                                  Date
     AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FOR USE OF PHOTOGRAPH (IMAGES)
     Please provide a photo or digital image for fish identification purposes. Digital images can be emailed to david.molnar@ct.gov
     Note: Each individual pictured must sign a release in order for the DEEP to use the picture. Parent/Guardian must sign for minor children.
     I,                                                             , DO HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
     (“Department”) to use my photographic likeness in the Department’s Fisheries reports, publications and/or its Internet web site. I understand that such re-
     ports, publications and/or web site will be disseminated to the public and may be copied or otherwise reproduced. I hereby release the Department from any
     liability that may arise from using my photographic likeness in such reports, publications and/or web site. I also release the Department from any liability that
     may arise from dissemination of such reports, publications and/or web site or the use of the reports, publications and/or web site by the public.
     Signature(s)                                                                                 Date
     This form can be downloaded from www.ct.gov/deep/fishing
     FRESHWATER FISH mail to: DEEP Fisheries Division, 79 Elm Street, 6th floor, Hartford, CT 06106-5127
     SALTWATER FISH mail to: DEEP Marine Fisheries Program, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or Fax Number 1-860-434-6150
     PLEASE EMAIL AFFIDAVIT & DIGITAL IMAGES (pictures) to: david.molnar@ct.gov (marine images only) deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov (freshwater images only)



        VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
        The Bureau of Natural Resources appreciates all the help it receives from volunteers each year. Typically, volunteers are from organized groups, but
        there are also some opportunities for individuals. Among the programs in which you may be able to participate:
        Atlantic Salmon and Herring Restoration Programs
        For groups: Contact Steve Gephard or Bruce Williams (Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043

        Volunteer Angler Survey — Saltwater Anglers
        For individuals: See page 57 for details. Contact David R. Molnar (Marine Fisheries Program) at 860-434-6043 or david.molnar@ct.gov.



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TROPHY FISH AWARD MINIMUM WEIGHTS
The Trophy Fish Award Program recognizes and                                Note: Minimum Lengths apply to the catch-and-release category only! The
rewards angling skill. Successful anglers will receive a:                   minimum lengths listed below do not apply to the traditional weighed category.

Certificate of Merit                                                                                                           MINIMUM           MINIMUM
                                                                             CATEGORY                    SPECIES
• Bronze pin for your first fish of merit.                                                                                      WEIGHT           LENGTH
• Silver pin for your fifth fish of merit.                                                     American Eel                       3 lbs              35"
                                                                                               American Shad                      5 lbs              25"
• Gold pin for your tenth fish of merit or a new state record fish.
                                                                                               Atlantic Salmon1                  15 lbs              31"
                                                                                               Bluegill                           12 oz              10"
GENERAL RULES: SALTWATER/FRESHWATER FISH                                                       Bowfin                             7 lbs              24"
• Top Angler Awards are given to Marine and Inland anglers who                                 Brook Trout                        2 lbs              17"
  catch and keep (Harvest Fish), catch and release the largest fish of                         Brown Bullhead                     2 lbs              15"
  each species categories. Angler of the Year is awarded to the angler                         Brown Trout                        5 lbs              22"
  with the most species categories. Awards are provided at the annual                          Calico Bass (Black Crappie)        2 lbs              15"
  Trophy Fish Award Ceremony.                                                                  Common Carp                       20 lbs              34"
• Youth Category is defined as anyone 15 years of age and under.                               Chain Pickerel                     5 lbs              27"
                                                                                               Channel Catfish                    4 lbs              22"
• Saltwater entries caught by boats leaving and returning to Connecticut                       Fallfish                          1.5 lbs             14"




                                                                                  FRESHWATER
  ports. No overnight stays in another state prior to day(s) of fishing.                       Kokanee                          1.75 lbs             16"
• Entries must be filed on the Official Affidavit Form, page 12.                               Largemouth Bass                    6 lbs              22"
• Submission of false or misleading information may result in                                  Northern Pike                     10 lbs              35"
  disqualification.                                                                            Pumpkinseed                         8 oz               9"
• Fish must be caught by legal methods, played by only one person.                             Rainbow Trout                      4 lbs              21"
• Fish must be entered within 30 days of capture.                                              Redbreast Sunfish3                  8 oz               9"
                                                                                               Rock Bass                          12 oz              11"
• All Trophy Fish Award Affidavits must be submitted by January 15, 2019
                                                                                               Smallmouth Bass                    4 lbs              21"
• Fish caught in hatchery ponds are not eligible.                                              Sunfish Hybrids 4                  12 oz              10"
• Fish must be caught (including catch and release) during Connecti-                           Tiger Trout                        2 lbs              17"
  cut’s legal open season.                                                                     Tench                              4 lbs              18"
• A clear photograph of the fish must accompany the Affidavit Form.                            Walleye                            5 lbs              23"
• Fish may be weighed at any local bait and tackle shop (see page 14).                         White Catfish                      4 lbs              20"
• Please note: all potential State Record Fish must be weighed on a                            White Perch                       1.5 lbs             14"
                                                                                               White Sucker                       3 lbs              15"
  certified scale and a printout of the scale weight must accompany
                                                                                               Yellow Bullhead2                   2 lbs              15"
  the affidavit or an image of the scales certification number, date                           Yellow Perch                      1.5 lbs             15"
  inspected, vendor name and inspectors name.                                                  Albacore                          30 lbs              40"
• The size of a potential trophy fish or state record fish can not exceed                      American Eel                       3 lbs              35"
  the maximum length for any given species (e.g. red drum).                                    Atlantic Bonito                    4 lbs              20"
• For species not listed: trophy fish award subject to Fisheries staff                         Atlantic Cod                      20 lbs              40"
  identification and review.                                                                   Atlantic Mackerel                4.25 lbs             14"
                                                                                               Black Sea Bass                    4.5 lbs             20"
CATCH AND RELEASE CATEGORY RULES                                                               Blackfish (Tautog)                 8 lbs              22"
                                                                                               Blue Marlin                      100 lbs           BLE (99")
• All of the General Rules apply except that the fish does not need to                         Blue Shark                       175 lbs           BLE (54")
  be weighed. A witness must be present.                                                       Bluefin Tuna                     400 lbs              60"
• A clear photo must accompany the affidavit. This photo must include                          Bluefish                          12 lbs              32"
  the angler holding the fish and also include the fish next to a mea-                         Cunner                            1.5 lbs             12"
  suring (yardstick, ruler, or tape measure) device to clearly show                            Dolphin Fish (Dorado)             20 lbs              36”
  the length of the fish.                                                                      Gray Triggerfish                   4 lbs              15"
• The accompanying photo must be taken at the location where the                               Hickory Shad                     1.75 lbs             18"
                                                                                  SALTWATER




                                                                                               Little Tunny (False Albacore)      5 lbs              24"
  fish was caught and released.
                                                                                               Mako Shark                       175 lbs           BLE (54")
• Fish can’t be taken from the site and then transported back.                                 Northern Kingfish                1 lb 8 oz            16"
• BLE = best length estimate for highly migratory species.                                     Oyster Toadfish                     1 lb              10"
• Minimum Length (Total Length) = Tip of snout to end of tail.                                 Pollock                           15 lbs              34"
• Marlin & swordfish—measure from lower jaw to fork in tail.                                   Scup (Porgy)                      2.5 lbs             16"
• Shark species—minimum length is fork length.                                                 Squid                               —          10" Mantle Length;
                                                                                                                                               18" Total Length
• Fish must be released alive!
                                                                                               Striped Bass                       35 lbs             45"
                                                                                               Striped Searobin                   3 lbs              18"
                                                                                               Summer Flounder (Fluke)            6 lbs              25"
          All fish are measured from tip of snout                                              Swordfish                         100 lbs          BLE (47")
                 to end of tail (total length).                                                Thresher Shark                    200 lbs          BLE (54")
                                                                                               Weakfish                           5 lbs              24"
                                                                                               White Marlin                       80 lbs          BLE (66")
                                                                                               White Perch                       1.5 lbs             14"
                                                                                               Winter Flounder                   2.5 lbs             17"
                                                                                               Yellowfin Tuna                    150 lbs             60"
                                                                                               Blue Crab                           8"                 8"
                                                                            1	Includes only hatchery-reared broodstock salmon released into the Broodstock
                                                                               Atlantic Salmon waters and supplemental lakes. Wild Atlantic salmon from the
                                                                               Connecticut River and Long Island Sound are illegal to possess and not covered
                                                                               under this Trophy Fish Award program.
                             Total Length                                   2 A clear photo of the side of the fish required for identification.


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Connecticut Bait & Tackle Shops
                                                                                                                                WWW.CT.GOV/DEEP/BAITANDTACKLE
     TOWN                SHOP NAME                      ADDRESS                PHONE           TOWN                    SHOP NAME                      ADDRESS               PHONE
Ashford         Ralph’s Bait Shop                  14 Lakeview Drive         860-487-3544                    J & B Tackle Co. Inc.             23/25 Smith Ave.           860-739-7419
                                                                                            Niantic
Avon            Orvis Avon                         380 West Main St.         860-678-7900                    Mackey’s Bait & Tackle Shop       158 West Main St.          860-739-2677
Barkhamsted     Uncles Aaron’s Tackle Shack        4 Robertsville Rd.        860-307-7156   Noank            Wild Bill’s Action Sports & Tackle93 Marsh Rd.               860-536-6648
Bozrah          Bob’s Bait                         191 Fitchville Rd.        860-885-0292   North Stonington We-Tu Bait & Tackle               617 Lantern Hill Rd.       860-536-6551
Branford        Branford Bait & Tackle             51 Goodsell Point Rd.     203-315-1313                    Fisherman’s World Inc.            2 Fort Point St.           203-866-1075
                                                                                            Norwalk
                Jimmy O’s Bait & Tackle            3389 Fairfield Ave.       203-384-6359                    Hiller Sports                     4 New Canaan Ave.          203-857-3474
                H&H Shellfish LLC                  365 Seaview Ave.          203-612-4798   Norwich          Thayer’s Marine & RV              14 Falls Ave.              860-887-8315
Bridgeport
                Marine Sport Center                2400 Fairfield Avenue     203-335-8646   Oakville         Mike’s Gun’s & Tackle             141 Main St.               860-274-0371
                Orbit Marine Sports Center Inc.    3273 Fairfield Ave.       203-333-3483   Old Lyme         Black Hall Outfitters             132 Shore Rd.              860-434-9680
Brooklyn        Brooklyn Trading Post & Academy    106 Tripp Hollow Rd.      860-774-SHOT                    Ted’s Bait & Tackle               35 Ferry Place             860-388-4882
                                                                                            Old Saybrook
Byram           Rudy’s Bait 'n' Tackle             242 South Water St.       203-531-3168                    River’s End Tackle                440 Boston Post Rd.        860-388-2283
Clinton         Early Bird Bait & Tackle           34 Riverside Drive        203-927-1052                    Bucky’s Bait & Tackle             83 Palmer Neck Rd.         860-599-5972
                                                                                            Pawcatuck
Columbia        Center Sports of Columbia          3 Orlando Drive           860-228-1666                    Tri-State Bait                    88 Westbroad St.           860-495-5218
Cornwall        Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop        13 Route 7                860-672-6064   Plainfield       B & J’s Bait & Tackle Shop        29 Academy Lane            860-564-7742
Bridge          Housatonic River Outfitters, Inc.  24 Kent Rd.               860-672-1010                    The Hook and Arrow                135 West Main St.          860-479-5907
                                                                                            Plainville
Cos Cob         Sportsman’s Den of Greenwich       33 River Rd.              203-869-3234                    Tag’s Tacklebox and Plainville Bait
                                                                                                                                               94 Whiting Street          860-846-0943
Coventry        Cheap Baits                        3513 Main St.             860-461-2444   Pine Meadow Up Country Sport Fishing               352 Main St.               860-379-1952
Cromwell        Big Little Bait & Tackle           1 School St.              860-997-0891   Portland         Zah’s Water Sports                370 Route 17               860-324-9894
                Candlewood Bait & Tackle           36 Tamarack Ave.          203-743-2221   Preston          Fish Connection                   127 Route 12               860-885-1739
Danbury
                The Valley Angler                  56 Padanaram Rd.          203-792-8324   Rowayton         The Bait Shop Inc.                99 Rowayton Ave.           203-853-3811
                The Dock Shop                      51 Tokeneke Rd.           203-557-0873   Salisbury        O’Hara’s Landing Marina           254 Twin Lakes Rd.         860-824-7583
Darien          Orvis Store                        432 Boston Post Rd.       203-662-0844   Shelton          TC Marine, Bait & Tackle          445 River Rd.              203-513-2786
                Compleat Angler                    541 Post Rd.              203-655-9400                                                      1426 Meriden-
                                                                                            Southington      Fishin Factory                                               860-621-8145
Dayville        Bob’s Place                        132 Ballouville Rd.       860-774-2286                                                      Waterbury Tpke.
East Canaan     Jim’s Bait & Tackle                391 Norfolk Rd.           860-824-5773   Stamford         Pete’s Place                      124 Jefferson St.          203-356-9383
Eastford        B & T Bait Shack                   18 Sprague Hill Rd.       860-942-9638                    Don’s Dock                        228 North Water St.        860-535-0077
                                                                                            Stonington
East Haddam     Lakeside Dan’s                     18 Shore Rd.              203-623-5439                    King Cove Marina & Kayak Center 926 Stonington Rd. (Rt.1)    860-599-4730
                                                   475 East Hartford                                         Stratford Bait & Tackle           1076 1⁄2 Stratford Ave.    203-377-8091
East Hartford   Cabelas East Hartford                                        860-290-6200   Stratford
                                                   Blvd. North                                               The Surfcaster                    360 Sniffens Lane          203-610-6965
East Haven      Anglers Edge Pro Shop              439 Main St.              203-691-6513   Thomaston        Sanzeri’s Bait & Tackle           288 South Main St.         860-283-8654
Ellington       Lakeside Deli                      99 Stafford Rd.           860-871-8588   Tolland          Trapper's Den Taxidermy           152 Tolland Stage Rd.      860-872-1333
                Yankee Bait & Tackle               88 Main St.               860-741-5994   Union            JT’s Fly Shop                     664 Buckley Hwy.           860-684-1575
Enfield
                Smola’s Flyfishing Guide & Service 483 Hazard Ave.           860-763-1856   Voluntown        Mike’s Bait & Tackle              16 Church St.              860-376-4767
                                                   South Benson Marina                      Wallingford      Uncle B’s Bait & Tackle           854 S. Colony Rd. (Rt.5)   203-294-1180
Fairfield       South Benson Outfitters                                      203-400-2838
                                                   555 Turney Road                          Warren           Housatonic River Outfitters       24 Kent Rd.                860-672-1010
                                                   335 Salmon Brook St.,                                     Hillyer’s Tackle Shop             374 Rope Ferry Rd.         860-443-7615
Granby          Rome’s Bait & Tackle                                         860-413-9445   Waterford
                                                   Rte. 10 & 202                                             Riverside Grocery                 150 Shore Rd.              860-444-0681
Greenwich       Byram’s Bait & Tackle              35 North Water St.        203-531-5100
                                                                                            Wauregan         Anglers & Adventures LLC          57 Wauregan Road           860-230-3215
Groton          Ken’s Tackle Shop                  213 Thames St.            860-445-6888
                                                                                                             Atlantic Outboard                 475 Boston Post Rd.        860-399-6773
Kent            Backcountry Outfitters             8 Old Barn Rd.            860-927-3377
                                                                                                             Beach Nut Sports Center           314 Boston Post Rd.        860-399-6534
Madison         Captain Morgan’s Bait & Tackle Marine Center, Rt. 1          203-245-8665   Westbrook
                                                                                                             Jack’s Shoreline Bait & Tackle    174 Boston Post Rd.        860-664-9424
Manchester      Farr’s Sporting Goods              2 Main St.                860-643-7111
                                                                                                             Tidewater Bait & Tackle           362 Boston Post Rd.        860-399-2219
Marlborough     Frank’s Live Bait                  19 West Rd.               860-295-9659
                                                                                            Westport         The Dock Shop                     609 Riverside Ave.         203-956-5893
Meriden         Lunker City Fishing Specialties 847 Hanover Rd.              203-237-3474
                                                                                            West Haven       Some-Things Fishy                 17 Kimberly Avenue #19     203-933-2002
Middletown      Fishin Factory III                 238 East Main St.         860-344-9139
                                                                                            Windsor Locks    Joe’s Bass, Bait & Tackle         12 Dickerman Ave.          860-623-7980
                Bobby J’s Bait & Tackle            354 New Haven Ave.        203-876-1495
Milford                                                                                                      Outdoor Artistry Taxidermy & Bait 351 North Main St.         860-480-5765
                Fisherman's Paradise                40 Bridgeport Avenue     203-283-1432   Winsted          Northwest Sporting Goods
Moodus          D & D Bait and Tackle              102 Clark Gates Rd.       860-334-3006                                                      178 Rowley St.             860-738-8999
                                                                                                             & Supply
Mystic          Shaffer’s Boat Livery              106 Mason Island Rd.      860-536-8713                    Sportsmen’s Outpost               415 Wolcott Rd. (Rt. 69)   203-879-1139
New Haven       Dee’s Bait & Tackle                93 Clay St.               203-562-7025   Wolcott
                                                                                                             Wolcott Bait & Tackle             690 Wolcott Rd. (Rt. 69)   203-707-6986
                AW Marina Bait & Tackle            178 Pequot Ave.           860-443-6076   Woodbridge       Baits Motel Fishing & Tackle      26 C Selden St.            203-553-9381
                                                   Located at Burrs Marina
New London      Diane’s Bait Tackle & Charters                               860-857-2373
                                                   244 Pequot Avenue                        If we missed your shop or you have changes to your information on this list,
                Standard Field & Stream            216 Montauk Ave.          214-886-3220   please contact David R. Molnar, david.molnar@ct.gov, or call 860-434-6043.



     REMINDER TO ANGLERS!                                                                                                                FISHERIES
                                                                                                                                         ADVISORY
      Fishing in or Casting into Permitted Swim Areas is Prohibited
      State regulations prohibit fishing in or into a swim area that’s been permitted by DEEP. Additionally, vessels
                                                                                                                                         COUNCIL
      cannot be operated within a permitted swim area, and there’s a 100 foot “no-wake” zone around the perimeter.                       The Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC)
      Swim areas that have been permitted by DEEP will be marked by white buoys with orange markings, and                                is a group of dedicated citizens from all
      there should be a permit number posted on the buoys. They may or may not have small orange barrier                                 regions of the state working together
      floats to further demarcate the area.                                                                                              for fish and fishing in Connecticut.
      Should questions arise concerning the validity of the swim area (no permit numbers or the area appears to                          For more information about the FAC,
      have been changed / enlarged or keeps moving), please contact DEEP’s Boating Division at 860-434-8638.                             please call 860-424-3474.



14                                                                                                                                            2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
Evan Kamoen with his trophy Scup.



DISCARDED FISHING LINE
AND OTHER TRASH
Anglers are reminded that any person who intentionally discards fishing
line or other litter in the waters of the state, on public property of the
state or on private property not owned by such person is subject to a
fine under section 22a-250 of the general statutes.
Each year, DEEP’s Wildlife Division receives numerous reports of birds
and other animals that have been injured or killed after getting tangled in
our trash. Discarded fishing line, hooks, lures and weights are often left
behind by unthinking anglers at fishing sites, and have caused serious
injury, illness or death to wildlife. Please dispose of these items and all
other trash properly.
For line recycling locations, go to: Fishing Line Recycling Locations




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                                                                              anchor that delivers swift, silent and secure
                                                                                positioning at the push of a button. Now
                                                                               featuring heavy-duty hydraulic hose, new
     Dead osprey found hanging
     from its nest in Old Lyme, CT.                                           C-Monster 2.0 hydraulic pump and remote
     Discarded fishing line, which                                            controls. For more information or to find a
     is often picked up by ospreys                                              dealer near you, go to power-pole.com.
     to place in their nests, was
     wrapped around the bird’s neck.




     Photo courtesy of long-time DEEP Wildlife
     Division volunteer Hank Golet, who took
     the image prior to removing the dead bird.
Environmental Conservation Police

 MESSAGE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION POLICE
  One of the responsibilities of the EnCon Police      We also highly encourage the wearing of per-          when checking anglers. When approached by
  Division is search and rescue operations, espe-      sonal flotation devices when fishing from a ves-      an officer in a patrol boat you should:
  cially on the water. Each year, our officers along   sel. It is mandatory to wear a PFD by anyone          • Maintain your current speed and direction
  with the U.S. Coast Guard, local police and fire     in a manually propelled vessel from October 1            unless signaled to do otherwise or if the
  departments respond to numerous reports of a         through May 31 and for all children under 13             patrol boat is displaying flashing blue lights
  kayak or canoe found unoccupied either adrift        years old on a vessel that is under way. There           or using a siren, which are signals for you
  or washed up on shore. Often there is no con-        are many options now that are comfortable and            to stop.
  tact information on the vessel which results in a    do not interfere with your fishing enjoyment so
  large search and rescue operation to determine if    please put one on. It can save your life! It is a     • Do not change direction or stop your vessel
  someone is actually missing. Often these vessels     sobering statistic, but in Connecticut, 75 percent       unless signaled to do so. This will help
  just float away from a dock or shore due to tide     of boating fatalities are due to drowning and in         avoid contact between the vessels that
  or wind. We recommend that owners of vessels         90% of those cases, the victim was not wearing           could cause damage or injuries.
  that do not have registration number attach an       a life jacket. It can save your life!                 • Reel in all fishing lines on the side of the
  “If Found” sticker, which has the owners name                                                                 boat that is being approached by the offi-
  and contact information and is available free of     What To Do When Approached                               cer. Use care to keep body parts and rod
  charge from our boating division.                    By an Environmental                                      tips out of the space between the boats to
                                                       Conservation Police Officer                              prevent injury or damage to equipment.
                                                       EnCon Police Officers are concerned with              We encourage the citizens of our State to assist
                                                       enforcement of Connecticut laws and regulations       us with our mission of protecting the State’s nat-
                                                       that are intended to keep people safe, protect per-   ural resources by taking an active role in report-
                                                       sonal property, and conserve the State’s natural      ing fish and game violations
                                                       resources. There are a few actions that you can       to our 24 hour toll free num-
                                                       take to ensure your experience with an EnCon          ber at 1-800-842-4357.
                                                       Officer is positive for both you and the officer.
                                                                                                             Thank you and good luck!
     Officers Alex Johnston and Patrick Kiely,         While Boating and Fishing:                            Colonel Kyle Overturf
     and K9 Baloo on patrol on Squantz Pond.           EnCon Officers are concerned with boating             Director, State Environmental
                                                       safety and compliance with fishing regulations        Conservation Police




     Kids
     Get Your Youth
     Fishing Passport!
     The perfect way for you to introduce your aspiring angler to the
     many benefits of fishing. The FREE Youth Fishing Passport program
     is a perfect way to spend quality time together. Getting your passport
     is easy, sign up online using the sportsmen licensing system
     www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing and then start fishing!
     Visit www.ct.gov/deep/yfp for details about:
     • 2 great fishing activities
     • Sponsors offering discounts or free items
     • DEEP's FREE “Learn to Fish” classes

     For more information, contact:
     Mike Beauchene at 860-424-4185 or mike.beauchene@ct.gov
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