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Message from Environmental Conservation Police

Connecticut is a beautiful state with abundant fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. This year I would encourage you to take the opportunity to try something new. From fly fishing for trout, ice fishing, to our salt water fisheries Connecticut has something for everyone. As you venture out this season to wet a hook I encourage you to invite a friend or neighbor, to take the time to reintroduce someone back to the sport of fishing. The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program offers free fishing classes and fishing events for the family to enjoy. If you are new angler or someone that wants to try something new like fly fishing I encourage to take advantage of this incredible resource.

Our Environmental Conservation Police Officers want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable and successful trip. We are here to help so please do not hesitate to ask questions or for advice. Our officers have a lot of knowledge that they are happy to share and are always happy to clarify any questions you may have. Before you head out for the first time this year take the time to review this Guide for up to date regulations. When fishing from a vessel please wear your life jacket and file a float plan to leave with a family member, friend, local marina or in your vehicle before heading out.

As you review this Guide be sure to review the Trout and Salmon Stamp information to determine if you need a stamp before heading out. The stamp, along with your fishing license, are easily obtained online or in person at one of our many license vendors. Your purchase of a fishing license and stamp all goes to support our great state’s fisheries programs.

Please go out to a local lake, river or a shoreline access point and take advantage of the many fishing opportunities that await you. Bring a friend and share the experience, and when fishing from a vessel remember to be safe and wear your life jacket.

While out enjoying our natural resources, we ask for your help in protecting your resources from those abusing them by reporting fish and game violations by calling our 24-hour toll free number at 1-800-842-4357. The more information, the better. Try to provide the following information if you can:

  • Vehicle Description
  • License Plate Number
  • Clothing Description
  • Area Being Poached
  • Time You Observed
  • Patterns You ObservedThank you for your help and good luck!

    Colonel Chris Lewis– Director, Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police