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Share the Experience—Take Someone Fishing • APRIL 14 Opening Day Trout Fishing 201 8 CONNECTICUT 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
TRIM SAFETY 2018 CONNECTICUT 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 SAFETY
201 8 CONNECTICUT 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 The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal & Environmental Protection through Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us at (860) 418-5910 or DEEP.firstname.lastname@example.org if you: have a disability its unique partnership with J.F. Griffin and need a communication aid or service; have limited proficiency in English and may need information Publishing, LLC. in another language; or if you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint. The revenue generated through ad sales This Guide is intended to provide a summary of the more important rules and regulations governing significantly lowers production costs and sport fishing in Connecticut and to assist in the enjoyment of the angling experience. For legal purposes, generates savings. These savings translate the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and the Connecticut General Statutes must be consulted. into additional funds for other important NOTICE: Some advertisements in this publication may state that “No sales tax” is due. This is because the retailer is agency programs. located in a state that does not impose sales or use tax, and the retailer is not registered to collect Connecticut sales and use taxes. While you may not have to pay sales tax in the state where you bought the goods or services, you must If you have any feedback or are inter- pay Connecticut use tax on taxable goods or services purchased for use in Connecticut. For more information, see ested in advertising, please contact us at the Department of Revenue Services’ Informational Publication 2011(15), Q&A on the Connecticut Individual Use Tax: 413.884.1001 or at www.JFGriffin.com www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/publications/pubsip/2011/ip2011-15.pdf 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 2 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
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
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! 4 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
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. hern at G 2 ra 0 nd 1 8 Pr iz e 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: email@example.com) of anglers with their catches from Connecticut waters for the 2019 CT Angler's Guide.
w 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!
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
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! 8 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
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). New Jersey’s Oldest Hatchery - Est. 1865 New 2018 Certified Disease FREE! All Species of Game Sit on top and Pan Fish 15.75 Fresh Brown Trout Eggs For Steelhead Fishing Stocking • Fat Head Minnows • Trout • Pond Aeration Systems • Largemouth Bass • Bluegills • White Amur • Channel Catfish (Grass Eating Carp) • Crappies • Koi Feed We specialize in sportsmen’s clubs, private ponds and lake stockings • Recess foot braces • Rudder • Skeg • Rear cooler well Musky Trout Hatchery,LLC Fish Delivered or Picked-up at our Hatchery in Warren County • Front and rear hatches 279 Bloomsbury Road, Asbury, NJ 08802 • Pole holders • Drink holder (908) 479-4893 • www. Rawson Boat Inc., Redding, CT muskytrouthatchery.net 203-664-1913 • www.rbikayak.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licenses 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 email@example.com or P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 for further information on com- mercial fishing www.ct.gov/deep/CommercialFishing. 10 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com (marine images only) firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com. 12 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide
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. www.ct.gov/deep/fishing 13
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 SWIFT. SILENT. SECURE. Power-Pole is the original shallow water 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 email@example.com
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