Connecticut Directories

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Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Katie S. Dykes, Commissioner

Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner

Bureau of Natural Resources

Rick Jacobson, Chief

Fisheries Division

Pete Aarrestad, Director

Marine Fisheries Program

Justin Davis, Assistant Director

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127

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This Guide is intended to provide a summary of the more important rules and regulations governing sport fishing in Connecticut and to assist in the enjoyment of the angling experience. For legal purposes, the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and the Connecticut General Statutes must be consulted.

NOTICE: Some advertisements in this publication may state that “No sales tax” is due. This is because the retailer is 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 pay Connecticut use tax on taxable goods or services purchased for use in Connecticut. For more information, see the Department of Revenue Services’ Informational Publication 2011(15), Q&A on the Connecticut Individual Use Tax: www.portal.ct.gov/-/media/DRS/Publications/pubsip/2019/IP-2019(3).pdf?la=en

Directory of Services

For additional information the following DEEP offices may be contacted from 8:30 a.m. to 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

Fisheries Division
(Central Office) 860-424-3474

Inland Fisheries 860-424-3474

Marine Fisheries Program
(Headquarters—Old Lyme) 860-434-6043

Conservation Police 860-424-3012

Parks & Recreation 860-424-3200

Wildlife 860-424-3011

Forestry 860-424-3630

General DEEP Information 860-424-3000

Licensing & Revenue 860-424-3105

DEEP Store
(Maps & Publications) 860-424-3555

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
Headquarters 860-295-9523

Western Area
Headquarters 860-485-0226

Marine Headquarters 860-434-6148

Marine Law
Enforcement 860-434-9840

Boating Safety
and Education 860-434-8638

Other Useful Numbers

Aquaculture Division (Dept. Of Agriculture)
Shellfish 203-874-0696

Oil And Chemical Spill
Response Division 860-424-3338

24 Hour Emergency Numbers

Toll free report a violation 1-800-842-4357

DEEP Emergency Dispatch 860-424-3333

Opening Day: April 13th, 2019



May 11th—no license required.


To report a wildlife violation

Call 1-800-842-HELP

24 Hours Toll Free • All Calls Confidential

CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


Learn to Fish: Free Classes

The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program will introduce you and your family to the fun of fishing. Expert instruction, hands-on activities and a fishing trip will lead to wonderful time spent outside with your family or friends.