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Inland District Statewide Species Regulations

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Species

Notes

Legal methods

Area

Open Season*

Minimum
Length

Daily
Creel Limit

Alewife/
Blueback Herring

Daily creel limit is for both species in aggregate.

Taking of anadromous alewife & blueback herring from all Connecticut waters is prohibited. Emergency closure is in effect. See

Broodstock Atlantic Salmon & River Herring for more information.

Exception: Landlocked alewife only may be taken from specific lakes. See Broodstock Atlantic Salmon & River Herring for list of lakes. Methods, seasons & creel limits for these lakes are as follows:

Angling

(see Lakes & Ponds)

Open year-round*

No minimum length

25

Scoop Net

(see Lakes & Ponds)

April 1 – June 15

No minimum length

25

American Eel

Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in streams or stream sections stocked with trout. Spearing prohibited in all lakes & ponds. The taking of elver eel, glass eel and silver eel is prohibited.

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing,
Bow and Arrow, Spearing

All areas

Open year-round*

9″

25

American Shad

Harvest of American shad allowed only in the Connecticut River system.

Angling

Connecticut River
(including tributaries open year-round)

Open year-round

No minimum length

6

Atlantic Salmon

Taking of Atlantic Salmon is prohibited. Exception: Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fisheries (see Broodstock Atlantic Salmon & River Herring)

Largemouth Bass
& Smallmouth Bass

Daily creel limit is for both species in aggregate.

Angling, Icefishing

Lakes & Ponds

Open year-round*

12″

6

Rivers & Streams

Open year-round*

No minimum length

6

Connecticut River

Open year-round

12″

6

Catfish (Channel Catfish & White Catfish) & bullheads

Daily creel limit is for both catfish (Channel Catfish & White Catfish) species in aggregate. No creel limit for bullheads.

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing

All areas

Open year round

No minimum length

Catfish – 6

Bullheads – No limit

Common Carp

Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in streams or stream sections stocked with trout. Spearing prohibited in all lakes & ponds.

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing, Bow and Arrow, Spearing

All areas

Open year round

No minimum length, only 1 fish >30”

5

Bowfin, Tench, Suckers & Lampreys

Spearing and bow and arrow use prohibited in streams or stream sections stocked with trout. Spearing prohibited in all lakes & ponds.

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing,
Bow and Arrow, Spearing

All areas

Open year-round*

No minimum length

No limit

Chain Pickerel

Angling, Icefishing

Lakes & Ponds

Open year-round*

15″

6

Rivers & Streams

Open year-round*

No minimum length

No limit

Hickory Shad

Daily creel limit is in aggregate with American shad.

Angling, Icefishing,
Scoop Net

All areas

Open year-round*

No minimum length

6

Kokanee

Trout & salmon stamp may be needed.

Angling, Icefishing

All areas

2nd Saturday in April – last day in February

No minimum length

5***

Northern Pike

Angling, Icefishing

All areas

Open year-round*

26″

2

Panfish**

Except White Perch, see below.

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing

All areas

Open year-round*

No minimum length

No limit

Smelt

Taking of smelt in rivers & streams is prohibited.

Angling & Icefishing

Lakes & Ponds

Open year-round*

No minimum length

50

Striped Bass

Angling

All areas

Open year-round*

28″

1

Sturgeon, Burbot

Taking of sturgeon and burbot prohibited.

Trout

(Brook, Brown, Lake, Rainbow, Tiger &
other hybrids)

Trout & salmon stamp may be needed.

Angling, Icefishing

Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams

2nd Saturday in April – last day in February

No minimum length

5***

Lower Rivers/
Tidal Waters

Open year-round*

15″

2***

White Perch

Angling, Icefishing, Bobbing

Connecticut River (including Coves & Tributaries)

Tidally influenced Rivers & Streams

Open year-round*

7″

30

Lakes & Ponds

All other Rivers & Streams

Open year-round*

No minimum length

No limit

Walleye

Angling, Icefishing

All areas

Open year-round*

18″

2