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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

Lakes & Ponds

Open year-round*

No minimum length

25

Scoop Net

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

No person shall possess any striped bass less than 28 inches. No person shall possess any striped bass greater than or equal to 35 inches measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. Any striped bass less than 28” or greater than or equal to 35” shall, without avoidable injury, be returned immediately to the water from which taken. No spearing or gaffing

Angling

All areas

Open year-round*

28″-35″

1

Sturgeon, Burbot

Taking of sturgeon and burbot prohibited.

Trout

(Brook, Brown, 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