Connecticut Freshwater Regulations

SPECIES OPEN SEASON* MINIMUM LENGTH DAILY CREEL LIMIT
Alewife/Blueback Herring (anadromous) Taking of anadromous alewife & blueback herring from all Connecticut waters is prohibited.
Alewife/Blueback Herring (Landlocked) Angling open year-round No Minimum Length 25
Scoop net open April 1- June 15 No Minimum Length 25
American Eel Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in streams or stream sections stocked with trout. Spearing prohibited in all lakes and ponds. The taking of elver eel, glass eel, and silver eel is prohibited. *Year Round 9″ 25
American Shad Harvest of American shad allowed only in the Connecticut River system. *Year Round No Minimum Length 6
Atlantic Salmon Taking of Atlantic Salmon is prohibited. Exception: Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fisheries.
Atlantic Salmon Lakes and Pond Exceptions Mount Tom Pond from Sept. 1, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2022 16” minimum length with 1 fish creel.
Mount Tom Pond from March 1, 2022 – 6:00 AM on April 9, 2022 catch and release only.
Mount Tom Pond from 6:00 AM on Apr. 9, 2022 – Aug. 31, 2022 16” minimum length with 1 fish creel.
Crystal Lake (Ellington) from Sept. 1, 2021 – Mar. 31, 2022 16” minimum length with 1 fish creel.
Crystal Lake (Ellington) from Apr. 1, 2022 – 6:00 AM on Apr. 9, 2022 catch and release only.
Crystal Lake (Ellington) from 6:00 AM on Apr. 9, 2022 – Aug. 31, 2022 16” minimum length with 1 fish creel.
Atlantic Salmon – Broodstock (Rivers) Sept. 1, 2021 to Dec. 15, 2021 Closed to salmon fishing
Dec. 16, 2021 to March 31, 2022 No Minimum Length 1
April 1, 2022 through 6am April 9, 2022 Catch and Release Only
6am April 9, 2022 through August 31, 2022 No Minimum Length 1
Sept. 1, 2021 to Dec. 15, 2021 Closed to salmon fishing
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Lakes & Ponds *Year Round 12″ 6
Rivers & Streams *Year Round No Minimum Length 6
Connecticut River Year Round 12″ 6
Catfish (Channel Catfish & White Catfish)& bullheads Year Round No Minimum Length Catfish – 6, Bullheads – No limit
Common Carp Year Round No minimum length, only 1 fish >30” 5
Common Carp – Trophy Waters (Entire CT River including coves, Batterson Park Pond, Squantz Pond, West Thompson Lake) Year Round 26” minimum length 1
Bowfin, Tench, Suckers & Lampreys *Year Round No Minimum Length No Limit
Chain Pickerel Lakes & Ponds *Year Round 15″ 6
Rivers & Streams *Year Round No Minimum Length No Limit
Hickory Shad *Year Round No Minimum Length 6
Kokanee Open year-round No Minimum Length 5
Northern Pike Open year-ound 26″ 2
Panfish (Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch) Open year-round No Minimum Length No limit
Smelt – Taking of smelt in rivers and streams is prohibited. Open year-round No Minimum Length 50
Striped Bass – Circle Hooks required when using bait. Open year-round 28″-35” 1
Sturgeon, Burbot Taking of sturgeon and burbot prohibited.
Trout – Stamp may be required Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams – Open year-round No Minimum Length 5
Lower Rivers/Tidal Waters – Open year-round 15″ 2
White Perch Connecticut River (including Coves & Tributaries) Tidally influenced Rivers &
Streams – Open year-round
7″ 30
Lakes & Ponds All other Rivers & Streams – Open year-round No Minimum Length No Limit
Walleye Open year-round 18″ 2

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