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Enhanced Fishing Opportunities

Fishing Regulations Icon Connecticut Fishing


Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program

This Marine Fisheries program is part of a broader Department effort to improve the quality of access and fishing to our Public Trust marine fisheries resources in CT, especially in urban areas. This unique program relies on reduced size limit regulations to allow anglers young and old alike the opportunity to experience the joy and relaxation of outdoor recreation and the satisfaction of catching their own dinner. At the same time, the design of this program assures that marine fish conservation objectives continue to be met.

Appendix A. Public Shore Fishing Access Sites where Summer Flounder/Fluke (17 inch min. length) and Scup (9 inch min. length) may be taken at a smaller length limit. Please see page 58 for a complete list of marine recreational fishing regulations including creel limit and open seasons.

Bonus Striper Fishing Program

From May 1st to December 31st 2017 inclusive, striped bass at least 22 inches but less than 28 inches total length may be possessed provided the angler:

  1. Immediately upon retention of such fish, permanently secures a tag (see image below) through the mouth of the striped bass. Bonus striped bass tags can be obtained at CT DEEP offices or through CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Angler Survey staff and other designated locations. See for updated information.
  2. Ensures that the bonus striped bass tag remains on the fish until such fish is taken home or to another location where the fish is to be consumed.
  3. Uses the Bonus Striped Bass Reporting Card that was provided with your fish tag to record the date of capture, length of the fish and your Conservation ID.
  4. Returns the reporting card within 48 hours of harvesting the bonus striped bass.
  5. Harvests only ONE bonus striped bass per day regardless of the number of tags the angler possess.
  6. Understands that the tags are valid only in Connecticut State Waters.

Appendix A: Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program Access Sites

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Fairfield County

Pleasure Beach Family Fishing Pier


Saint Mary’s by the Sea


Seaside Park


Ash Creek Open Space


Jennings Beach


Penfield Beach


Penfield Reef


Calf Pasture Beach


Maritime Aquarium Park


Bond’s Dock


Long Beach




Russian Beach


Short Beach Park


Sherwood Island State Park


Middlesex County

South Cove Causeway

Old Saybrook

Saybrook Point

Old Saybrook

New Haven County

Branford Point


Chaffinch Island Park


Hammonasset Beach State Park


Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center


Gulf Beach


Silver Sands State Park


Criscuolo Park

New Haven

Fort Nathan Hale Park

New Haven

Tomlinson Bridge Fishing Pier

New Haven

Bradley Point Park

West Haven

Sandy Point

West Haven

Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary

West Haven

New London County

Cini Memorial Park

East Lyme

Hole-in-the-Wall Beach

East Lyme

McCook Park

East Lyme

Rocky Neck State Park

East Lyme

Bluff Point State Park and Reserve


Eastern Point Beach


UCONN-Avery Point


City Pier and Waterfront Park

New London

Fort Trumbull State Park

New London

DEEP Marine Headquarters—Ferry Landing Park

Old Lyme

Mystic River Park


Stonington Point


Stonington Town Dock Fishing Pier


Harkness Memorial State Park


Mago Point Park


Waterford Beach Park