A summary of the Statewide Species Open Seasons, Legal Methods and Length & Daily Creel Limits is listed in the table below. The regulations on many water bodies differ from the statewide regulations.
Use this two-step process to determine regulations on a specific waterbody:
- Check the table below for the general statewide regulations.
- Refer to the specific waterbody in the alphabetical listings of Lakes & Ponds or Rivers & Streams for special site-specific regulations. If no site-specific regulations are listed for a waterbody, statewide regulations apply for seasons, methods, and/or limits.
Unless otherwise indicated in the Lakes & Ponds and Rivers & Streams listings:
- Lakes and ponds are open year-round.
- Rivers & streams are open from 6:00 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday in April through the last day of February (Closed to all fishing from March 1st to 6:00 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday in April).
The open seasons listed in this table do not apply in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year.
Lower River/Tidal Waters
Designated rivers & streams with no closed season. These include the entire Connecticut and Thames Rivers, and downstream portions of the Coginchaug, Farmington, Housatonic, Mattabesset, Mystic, Naugatuck, Niantic, Quinnipiac and Salmon Rivers. Check individual waterbody listing for boundaries.
For more information on Legal Methods & Gear, Length Limits, Creel & Possession Limits and Species, refer to Definitions.
Note: Regulations for several marine species found in the Inland District are subject to change.