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Environmental Conservation Police

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With the anticipation of the start of another great year of fishing in Connecticut, I would like to remind all the men, women and children who fish in our State that the management model that has provided the excellent opportunities to fish and hunt in our state is the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. The model has two basic principals—that our fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be managed in a way that their populations will be sustained forever. The Environmental Conservation Officers of this state ensure that the management measures that the Agency’s marine and inland fisheries biologist establish to protect our resource are followed. We are in the field everyday attempting to discourage illegal behavior and gain voluntary compliance of the laws and regulations designed to protect and sustain our natural resources. The Division’s officers, all of whom either hunt, fish or boat in our State, uphold a long and proud tradition of fish and game law enforcement. When they are not checking for fishing licenses or helping teach a hunting education class, they are searching for lost or missing persons, investigating boating accidents, tranquilizing black bears under a home owner’s deck or seizing an illegally held alligator. Our mission of natural resource protection and public safety is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Connecticut.

Through enforcement and education the Environmental Conservation Police Division will continue to provide public safety and protect the state’s natural resources. We encourage the citizens of Connecticut to take an active role in this mission by reporting fish and game violations to our 24 hour toll free line at 1-800-842-4357.

Thank you and good luck!

Colonel Kyle Overturf
Director-State Environmental Conservation Police
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation

Fishing Violations and Fines

  • Fishing without a license: $87.00
  • Violation of sport fishing regulations (includes closed season, bag and size limits, methods of take and specific area restrictions: $154.00 per count
  • Destruction of posted notice: $87.00
  • Failure to carry fishing license while fishing: $87.00
  • Violation of salmon fishing regulations: $87.00
  • Fishing while license or privilege suspended: $150.00
  • Illegal fishing for or taking of fish or bait in the Inland District: $154.00 per count
  • Unauthorized fishing in reservoir: $250.00
  • Unauthorized obstruction of streams or ponds: $250.00
  • Illegal fishing near fishways: $250.00
  • Operation of a motorboat on Bantam River: $50.00
  • Transporting vessel or trailer without properly inspecting for, removing and disposing of vegetation and aquatic invasive species: $95.00

The list above is only a partial listing of violations and their fines. These and other fisheries violations will be accompanied by a suspension of your hunting, fishing and trapping license(s). Help protect our natural resources for future outdoor sports enthusiasts, obey the law and report suspected violations by calling 1-800-842-HELP.

Environmental Conservation Police

Be a responsible angler

Protecting both the resource and your access to the resource requires more than simply knowing and following the fishing regulations!

Respect Private Property

  • Do not cast onto docks or into permitted swim areas (when in doubt, cast elsewhere).
  • Ask permission before fishing from shore, or wading on private property.

Don’t Litter, Don’t Pollute

  • Keep your boat and motor properly maintained.
  • Retrieve all lures and gear.
  • Don’t release live bait.
  • Leave your fishing area cleaner than you found it!

Be A Safe Boater

  • Obey boating regulations, and check your safety gear frequently!

Be A Good Neighbor

  • Treat fellow anglers, other recreational users and property owners with courtesy.
  • Always be willing to share both the resource and your knowledge.

And always use common sense and be courteous!


Fishing In Or Casting Into Permitted Swim Areas Is Prohibited

State regulations prohibit fishing in or into a swim area that’s been permitted by DEEP. Additionally, vessels cannot be operated within a permitted swim area, and there’s a 100 foot “no-wake” zone around the perimeter.

Swim areas that have been permitted by DEEP will be marked by white buoys with orange markings, and there should be a permit number posted on the buoys. They may or may not have small orange barrier floats to further demarcate the area.

Should questions arise concerning the validity of the swim area (no permit numbers or the area appears to have been changed / enlarged or keeps moving), please contact DEEP’s Boating Division at 860-434-8638.

fisheries advisory council

The Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC) is a group of dedicated citizens from all regions of the state working together for fish and fishing in Connecticut.

For more information about the FAC, please call 860-424-3474.

Discarded fishing line and other trash

Anglers are reminded that any person who intentionally discards fishing line or other litter in the waters of the state, on public property of the state or on private property not owned by such person is subject to a fine under section 22a-250 of the general statutes.

Each year, DEEP’s Wildlife Division receives numerous reports of birds and other animals that have been injured or killed after getting tangled in our trash. Discarded fishing line, hooks, lures and weights are often left behind by unthinking anglers at fishing sites, and have caused serious injury, illness or death to wildlife. Please dispose of these items and all other trash properly.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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