Guide to Inland Regulations

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Determining Regulations

A summary of the Statewide Species Open Seasons, Legal Methods and Length & Daily Creel Limits is listed in the table on Inland District Statewide Species Regulations. The regulations on many waterbodies differ from the statewide regulations.

Use this two-step process to determine regulations on a specific waterbody:

  1. Check the table on Inland District Statewide Species Regulations for the general statewide regulations.
  2. 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 2nd Saturday in April through the last day of February (Closed to all fishing from March 1st to 6:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday in April).

The statewide open seasons listed in this table do not apply in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year (If a waterbody has a closed season, all fishing there is prohibited, regardless of the statewide season for a particular fish species).

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, Salmon and Yantic Rivers. Check individual waterbody listing for boundaries.

For more information on Legal Methods & Gear, Length Limits, Creel & Possession Limits and Species, refer to the definitions on Inland Regulations & Definitions.

Note: Regulations for several marine species found in the Inland District are subject to change.

Invasive Species Alert— Coventry Lake & Connecticut River

In 2016, DEEP began funding (in collaboration with the Town of Coventry) management efforts (including a series of surveys and a herbicide treatment) with the goal of eradicating hydrilla in Coventry Lake. It is expected that this management (surveys, herbicide treatments) will be ongoing for several more years. Unfortunately, also in 2016, hydrilla was found in the Connecticut River. First in a difficult to access portion of Keeney Cove in June, and then in September DEEP staff observed several patches of hydrilla mixed in among the aquatic plants growing in the mainstem river at Glastonbury’s Riverfront Park and Boathouse. It appears that hydrilla has been in the Connecticut river for a couple of years and it has since dispersed throughout the river in Connecticut. As a result, eradication is likely not practical. All resource users should take extra care to check and clean their boats (including canoes, kayaks and rowing sculls), trailers, and fishing equipment before leaving the boat launch, or leaving the lakeshore.


Información disponible en español relacionada con la pesca en Connecticut — www.ct.gov/deep/care

Los folletos de la pesca en aguas dulces y aguas saladas fuerón traducidos al español para la distribución a la comunidad hispana residente en Connecticut. El objetivo de los folletos de pesca en español es para ayudar a fomentar, aumentar, y promover la participación hispana en esta actividad.

Somos afortunados en Connecticut por el gran abastecimiento de peces. La población de Connecticut tiene la oportunidad a pescar a no más de 5 millas de su residencia. Las aguas dulces de Connecticut le ofrece pescar peces tales como la Trucha, la Lobina, el Lucio Norteamericano, y el Panfish. Si su preferancia es pez de agua salada, las aguas de Connecticut le ofrece pesca peces tales como la Lobina Rayada, Summer Flounder, Anjona, y Porgy. ¡Vamonos a Pescar!


Fishways/Fish Ladders and Fishing

Fishing is prohibited in the area immediately downstream or upstream of a fishway, generally for a distance of 250 feet from the fishway. Note that at some fishways, this distance may vary from 250 feet.

At locations where the distance from the fishway does differ from 250 feet, the boundaries of the “no-fishing” area will be as posted by DEEP (look for signs and/or large rocks painted red marking the boundaries).

Anglers with questions about the “no-fishing” zones around any of the over 60 fishways in the state should contact DEEP’s Diadromous Fisheries Restoration Program (Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043.