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Inland District Statewide Species 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 page 21. The regulations on many water bodies differ from the statewide regulations.

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

  1. Check the table on page 21 for the general statewide regulations.
  2. Refer to the specific waterbody in the alphabetical listings of Lakes & Ponds (pages 32–41) or Rivers & Streams (pages 44–52) 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 open seasons listed in this table do not apply in areas closed to all fishing during a period of the year.

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 pages 26–27.

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

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 page 28 for more information.

Exception: Landlocked alewife only may be taken from specific lakes. See page 28 for list of lakes. Methods, seasons & creel limits for these lakes are as follows:

Angling

Lakes & Ponds
(see page 32)

Open year-round*

No minimum length

25

Scoop Net

Lakes & Ponds
(see page 32)

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 page 28)

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

Carp, 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

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)

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