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) *Year Round No Minimum Length 25
April 1- June 15 No Minimum Length 25
American Eel *Year Round 9″ 25
American Shad *Year Round No Minimum Length 6
Atlantic Salmon Taking of Atlantic Salmon is prohibited. Exception: Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fisheries.
Atlantic Salmon – Broodstock (Lakes) Seasons and Methods in lakes stocked with

broodstock Atlantic salmon are the same as for trout in that water body

except that the Daily Creel Limit is One (1) salmon per day.

Atlantic Salmon – Broodstock (Rivers) Dec. 1, 2017 to Mar. 31, 2018 No Minimum Length 1
April 1, 2017 to 6:00 am April 14, 2018 Closed to salmon fishing
6:00 am April 14, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2018 No Minimum Length 1
September 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018 Catch and Release Only
Dec. 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 No Minimum Length 1
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
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 2nd Saturday in April – last day in February No Minimum Length 5
Northern Pike *Year Round 26″ 2
Panfish (Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch) *Year Round No Minimum Length No limit
Smelt Lakes & Ponds *Year Round No Minimum Length 50
Striped Bass *Year Round 28″ 1
Sturgeon, Burbot Taking of sturgeon and burbot prohibited.
Trout – Stamp may be required Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams – 2nd Saturday in April –
last day in February
No Minimum Length 5
Lower Rivers/Tidal Waters – *Year Round 15″ 2
White Perch Connecticut River (including Coves & Tributaries) Tidally influenced Rivers &
Streams – *Year Round
7″ 30
Lakes & Ponds All other Rivers & Streams – *Year Round No Minimum Length No Limit
Walleye *Year Round 18″ 2

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