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Fishing Regulations Connecticut Freshwater Fishing

The boating laws and regulations provided in this guide are brief summaries of selected state boating safety statutes and regulations, and local ordinances. For complete boating regulations and additional information, please refer to the 2016 Connecticut Boater’s Guide which can be obtained from the DEEP Boating Division (860-434-8638).

The following lakes and ponds are available for public fishing through the courtesy of the owners or state ownership.

Determining fishing regulations is a simple two-step process:

  1. Check the regulation table for general statewide Species, Legal Methods, and Limits regulations.
  2. Look up the waterbody in the alphabetical list of lake and ponds to find any special regulations that apply. If no site-specific regulations are listed for a waterbody, statewide regulations apply.

Lake and Pond Legend

L Public boat launching area

C Cartop boat launching area

H Facilities for disabled

G State campground

S Shore fishing access

C Family friendly fishing location

P State picnic area

Italics Access/stocking information

(T SMB) Most common species (those in bold type should provide the best fishing) — see key to fish species abbreviations at right

Key to Fish Species Abbreviations

  • American eel AE
  • Brown bullhead BB
  • Common carp CA
  • Calico bass CB
  • Chain pickerel CP
  • Channel catfish CC
  • Kokanee salmon K
  • Largemouth bass LMB
  • Northern pike NP
  • Rainbow smelt RA
  • Smallmouth bass SMB
  • Sunfish S
  • Trout T
  • Walleye WA
  • White catfish WC
  • White perch WP
  • Yellow perch YP

Special Management Lakes are color-coded for major gamefish species

Bass
Trout
Kokanee
Northern Pike
Walleye
catfish
Community Fishing Waters

Allen brook POND, Wallingford, (see Wharton Pond)

ALEXANDER LAKE, Killingly (215 acres)

  • Note: No public access.
  • Species: (LMB SMB CP S BB WP YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. Motor size limit—12 cu in (Approx. 10 hp).

AMOS LAKE, Preston (113 acres)

L

TROut management LAKE /
BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T CP LMB BB AE YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 18″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 1 may be 18″ or greater.
  • Trout: From March 1–March 31, Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

ANDERSON POND (Blue Lake),
North Stonington (57 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB CP CB S BB YP)

ANGUS PARK POND (Eastbury Pond),
Glastonbury (9.4 acres)

HS

  • Species: (T CP LMB S BB YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Other: Boats and canoes prohibited.

ASHLAND POND, Griswold (89 acres)

  • Species: (LMB CP YP S)

ASPINOOK POND, Lisbon/Griswold/Canterbury (301 acres)

Informal boat access off Butts Bridge Road, no facilities. Commercial launch (fee charged) at private campground off Ross Hill Road.

  • Species: (LMB WP YP S CA CB)
  • Other: Butts Bridge is the demarcation line between the pond and the Quinebaug River.

AVERY POND, Preston (36 acres)

L

  • Species: (CP LMB YP BB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

BABCOCK POND, Colchester (119 acres)

SC

  • Species: (LMB YP S CP BB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

BACKWATER POND, Thompson

S

  • Season: Open year-round.

BALD MOUNTAIN POND, Stafford (1 acre)

S

  • Species: (T BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

BALDWINS POND, Meriden (5.4 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)

BALL POND, New Fairfield (83 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB BB S YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Vessels with motors attached prohibited.

BANTAM LAKE, Morris-Litchfield (947 acres)

NORTHERN PIKE LAKE

  • Species: (NP SMB LMB WP CB YP S BB)
  • Northern Pike:
    • May 1–Nov. 30: Daily creel limit—2, 26″ minimum length.
    • Dec. 1–last day Feb.: Daily creel limit—1, 36″ minimum length.
    • March 1–April 30: Closed to northern pike fishing.
  • All Other Species: Open year round, statewide regulations apply.
  • Other: Motors prohibited 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Use of internal combustion motors prohibited on the Bantam River between Bantam Lake and the inlet to Little Pond.

BARBER POND, Bloomfield (9.4 acres)

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Boats and canoes prohibited except between May 16 and October 31. Use of all motors prohibited.

BASHAN LAKE, East Haddam (273 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB SMB CP CB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: 35 mph speed limit days, 6 mph limit ½ hour after sunset to 8 a.m.

BATTERSON PARK POND,
Farmington (140 acres)

SL

walleye lake / catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2013.

  • Species: (CB YP WP S LMB WA)
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

baummer POND, Naugatuck (2.7 acres)

S

  • Species: (T BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

BEACH POND,
Voluntown – Rhode Island (372 acres)

HSL

walleye lake

  • Species: (T LMB SMB CP S YP WA)
  • Note: Connecticut or Rhode Island fishing license legal on entire pond. Rhode Island regulations apply for bass and pickerel.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—5 bass, 12″ minimum length.
  • Chain Pickerel: Daily creel limit—5, 14″ minimum length.
    • Broodstock Atlantic salmon have been stocked several times into this lake, first in 2007 and most recently in December, 2015. Regulations for salmon are the same as for trout except: Daily creel limit—
      1 Atlantic salmon.
  • All Other Species: CT Statewide regulations apply.
  • Other: No more than six tip-ups may be used when ice-fishing.

BEACHDALE POND, Voluntown (46 acres)

HL

  • Species: (LMB T YP BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

BEACHLAND POND, West Hartford (1.1 acres)

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open year-round.

BEAVER BROOK PONDS,
(Bibbins Ponds), Windham (20 acres)

HSC

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Boats and canoes prohibited except from May 16 to October 31. Motors prohibited.

BEAVER PARK LAGOON,
New Haven (8.5 acres)

S

COMMUNITY FISHING waters
Trout and Channel Catfish first stocked in 2014.

  • Species: (CC T AE LMB CA S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.

BESECK LAKE, Middlefield (116 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB YP CB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

BESSE PARK POND, Torrington (4.5 acres)

S

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open year-round.

BICENTENNIAL POND (Mansfield Town Pond),
Mansfield (6 acres)

S

  • Species: (T S LMB BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.

BIGELOW POND, Union (25 acres)

PHSLC

  • Species: (T YP LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

BILLINGS LAKE, North Stonington (97 acres)

HSL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB YP CP S CB BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April to last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.

BIrge Pond, Bristol (15.8 acres)

SC

COMMUNITY FISHING waters
Trout and Channel Catfish first stocked in 2014.

  • Species: (T, CC, S)
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.

BISHOP SWAMP (Jurovaty Pond),
Andover (53 acres)

Informal cartop launch.

  • Species: (LMB CB S BB)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

BLACK POND, Meriden-Middlefield (76 acres)

HSL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / CATFISH LAKE

Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (T LMB CP BB CB S CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—
    6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

BLACK POND, Woodstock (74 acres)

SL

  • Species: (T LMB SMB CP YP BB S CB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Motors limited to 5 hp.

BLACK ROCK lake (Branch Brook),
Watertown (21 acres)

SC

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

BLACK ROCK POND, Watertown (9.5 acres)

PGSC

In Black Rock State Park.

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T LMB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

BLUE LAKE (see Anderson Pond)

BOLTON LAKES (Lower, Middle, Upper),
Bolton-Coventry-Vernon (346 acres)

LCS

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked into Lower Bolton Lake in 2007.

  • Species: (YP BB CP LMB SMB S CC)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—
    6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: Motors limited to 6 hp.

BOLTON NOTCH POND, Bolton (17 acres)

SC

  • Species: (LMB S YP)

BRANFORD SUPPLY PONDS,
Branford (26 acres)

S

  • Species: (T LMB S CP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

BREAKNECK POND,
Union-Massachusetts (92 acres)

S

Walk-in access (approximately 1.2 miles from north end of Bigelow Pond).

  • Note: Connecticut or Massachusetts license legal on entire pond.
  • Species: (S YP CB CP LMB)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited. Motor vehicle access prohibited.

BROAD BROOK MILLPOND, East Windsor
(19 acres)

S

  • Species: (T LMB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Motors prohibited.

Bull POND, Harwinton (20 acres)

Informal cartop access.

  • Species: (BB LMB BC)
  • Other: Motors prohibited.

bunnells pond (Beardsley Park Pond),
Bridgeport (33 acres)

PS

Community Fishing waters /
catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (S CC T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Other: Ice fishing prohibited.

BURR POND, Torrington (85 acres)

PGSLC

catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2013.

  • Species: (BB LMB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.
  • Season: Open year-round.

BUTTERNUT POND, East Windsor (1.4 acres)

BUTTERNUT PARK POND, Middletown
(2.9 acres). (see Rowan’s Pond)

CANDLEWOOD LAKE, Danbury-New Fairfield-Sherman-New Milford-Brookfield (5064 acres)

L

TROUT management LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB SMB YP WC WP CB BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: From March 1–March 31; Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: 45 mph daytime speed limit, 25 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

CEDAR LAKE, Chester (69 acres)

SL

walleye lake
Walleye first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T YP LMB CP BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit.

Center springs Park Pond,
Manchester (11.8 acres)

S

Community Fishing waters
Trout and Channel Catfish first stocked in 2015.

  • Species: (CC, T, S)
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.

CHATFIELD HOLLOW POND (see Schreeder Pond)

LAKE CHAMBERLAIN, Bethany (107 acres)

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit; Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Note: Shore fishing only. Fishing by permit from South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority 203-562-4020.

CHRISTENSEN’S POND, Granby (1.5 acres)

S

  • Species: (T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

CITY HALL POND, Milford

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open year-round.

CLARKS POND (Mill River), Hamden

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Boats and canoes prohibited.

COLEBROOK river lake,
Colebrook-Massachusetts (826 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Note: Connecticut or Massachusetts fishing license legal on entire pond from demarcation posters downstream to the dam.
  • Species: (T RA LMB SMB WC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit; Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: 20 mph speed limit. The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited.

Colony Pond (Abe Stone Park Pond),
Ansonia (3.6 acres)

SC

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS

Trout first stocked in 2015.

  • Species: (T, LMB, S)
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.

COMPENSATING RESERVOIR
(see Lake McDonough)

CONGAMOND LAKES
(South Pond, Middle Pond, and North Pond),
Suffield-Massachusetts (465 acres)

L

  • Note: Connecticut or Massachusetts fishing license is legal on all three lakes.
  • Species: (T LMB BB YP CP AE S)

Massachusetts regulations apply as follows:

  • Season: open year-round.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—3
  • Bass: Daily creel limit—5, 12″ minimum length.
  • Chain pickerel: Daily creel limit—5, 15″ minimum length.
  • Other: Not more than two hooks may be used during periods of open water fishing and not more than five hooks may be used when ice fishing. Any sinker or weight made from lead that weighs less than 1 ounce, and any lead jig (meaning any lead-weighted hook) that weighs less than 1 ounce, is prohibited for use in all inland waters of the Commonwealth. The term lead sinker shall not include any other sinkers, weights, fishing lures or fishing tackle including, but not limited to, artificial lures, hooks, weighted flies, and lead-core or other weighted fishing lines.

COVENTRY LAKE (Wangumbaug Lake),
Coventry (373 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / walleye lake

  • Species: (T YP LMB SMB WA S CB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. 6 mph speed limit from sunset to 1 hour after sunrise all days, and on Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m. from May 15 to September 15, and from noon to 2:00 p.m. on July 4. 40 mph limit all other times.

crescent lake, Southington (51.2 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB S YP)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ellington-Stafford (183 acres)

SL

TROUT management LAKE

  • Species: (T YP CP SMB LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout:
    • From 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February, 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—5, only 1 may be 16″ or greater.
    • From March 1–March 31; Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Broodstock Atlantic salmon have been stocked multiple times into this lake, first in 2007 and most recently in October, 2015. Regulations for salmon are the same as for trout except: Daily creel limit—1 Atlantic salmon.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit from sunset to 9 a.m., and on Sundays from noon to 3:00 p.m. 45 mph speed limit at all other times.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Middletown (32 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB YP BB S)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

DAY POND, Colchester (7.4 acres)

PHSC

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T S WC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

DODGE POND, East Lyme (34 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB CB YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of all motors prohibited.

DOG POND, Goshen (66 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB CP YP CB BB S)

DOOLEY POND, Middletown (19 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB YP S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

EAGLEVILLE LAKE, Coventry-Mansfield
(77 acres)

HSC

Brigham Road Bridge (Plains Road) is the demarcation line between the lake and the Willimantic River.

  • Species: (LMB SMB CP S YP BB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

EASTBURY POND (see Angus Park Pond)

EAST TWIN LAKE (Washining Lake),
Salisbury (569 acres)

C

Commercial launching ramp, fee charged. Boat livery.

TROUT management LAKE / KOKANEE LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB CP YP S BB CB K)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—5, except from March 1–March 31, 16″ minimum length, Daily creel limit—1.
  • Trout & Kokanee combined: Daily creel limit—8 for both species in aggregate, of which no more than 5 may be trout and no more than 5 may be kokanee salmon.
  • Other: 35 mph daytime speed limit, 6 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour after sunrise. Also 6 mph within 200 feet of vessel or dock. The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. The use of radios by fishermen is prohibited from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

EDGEWOOD PARK POND, New Haven
(3 acres)

  • Season: Open year-round.

FACTORY POND (Norwalk River),
Redding-Wilton (12 acres)

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

FACTORY POND (Town Grove Pond),
Salisbury (2 acres)

S

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

FARMILL (Isinglass) RESERVOIR,
Shelton (4 acres)

  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–December 31.
  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Note: Permit required to fish-contact Aquarion Water company at 203-452-3511.

FERNRIDGE PARK POND, West Hartford
(0.7 acres)

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open year-round.

FISHER MEADOWS POND (Spring Lake),
Avon (41 acres)

SC

Within Fisher Meadows Park.

  • Species: (LMB CA S)
  • Other: Ice fishing prohibited by town ordinance.

FITCHVILLE POND, Bozrah (59 acres)

  • Species: (T LMB CP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

fountain lake reservoir,
Ansonia-Seymour (6 acres)

S

  • Species: (T LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

FRESHWATER POND (Freshwater Brook),
Enfield (8 acres)

S

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS
Catfish first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T, CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

GARDNER LAKE, Salem-Montville-Bozrah
(529 acres)

HSL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / WALLEYE LAKE

  • Species: (T SMB LMB YP CP CB S WA BB WC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit from sunset to 8:00 a.m.

GAY CITY POND, Hebron (5.1 acres)

PSC

  • Species: (T CP BB YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

GLASGO POND, Griswold (168 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB YP BB CB S)

GORTON POND, East Lyme (52 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB CB YP BB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

GOULD MANOR POND, Fairfield (2 acres)

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

GREAT HILL POND, Portland (76 acres)

Informal cartop/carry-in access only (30 yards).

  • Species: (LMB CP YP CB S BB WC)
  • Other: Motors limited to 6 hp or less. 12 mph speed limit.

GREAT HOLLOW POND, Monroe (15 acres)

PSC

Within Wolfe Park.

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2

GREEN FALLS RESERVOIR (Green Falls Pond),
Voluntown (48 acres)

PGSCC

  • Species: (T LMB BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

GRIGGS POND, Woodstock (38 acres)

S

Walk in access from Route 198 (200 yards).

  • Species: (LMB YP S BB)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

HALLS POND, Eastford-Ashford (82 acres)

SC

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB S YP CB CP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

HALLVILLE POND (Indiantown Brook),
Preston (10 acres)

Informal cartop access.

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

HAMILTON RESERVOIR, Union-Massachusetts
(412 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB SMB YP CB S BB)
  • Note: Connecticut or Massachusetts fishing license legal on entire pond. Massachusetts regulations apply as follows:
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—3
  • Large & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—5 total, 12″ minimum length.
  • Chain pickerel: Daily creel limit—5, 15″ minimum length.
  • Northern pike: Daily creel limit—1, 28″ minimum length.
  • Other: Not more than two hooks may be used during periods of open water fishing and not more than five hooks may be used when ice fishing. Any sinker or weight made from lead that weighs less than 1 ounce, and any lead jig (meaning any lead-weighted hook) that weighs less than 1 ounce, is prohibited for use in all inland waters of the Commonwealth. The term lead sinker shall not include any other sinkers, weights, fishing lures or fishing tackle including, but not limited to, artificial lures, hooks, weighted flies, and lead-core or other weighted fishing lines.

HAMPTON RESERVOIR, Hampton-Eastford
(88 acres)

C

  • Species: (LMB YP CP S BB)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

HANCOCK BROOK lake, Plymouth (20 acres)

S

Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset (but no later than 8:00 pm). Walk-in access only after Labor Day weekend (September 5, 2016) until the weekend before Memorial Day weekend (May 21, 2016).

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

HANOVER POND, Meriden (70 acres)

Town operated boat launch.

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Other: Steerage speed only.

hanover reservoir, Canterbury-Sprague
(21 acres)

Walk-in access (approximately 600 yards from Little River Road in Canterbury).

  • Species: (T LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

HATCH POND, Kent (72 acres)

L

  • Species: (YP BB CP LMB CB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

LAKE HAYWARD (Shaw Lake),
East Haddam (174 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB YP CP S CB BB AE)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit
    6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

HELEN KELLER SCHOOL POND, Easton

S

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

HEWITT FLYFISHING POND (Gallup Pond),
North Stonington (2 acres)

S

  • Species: (T LMB YP S BB)
  • Methods: Fly fishing only.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

HEWITT POND (Lower Hewitt Pond),
North Stonington (2 acres)

  • Species: (T S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

Operation of vessels with motors, except for electric motors, is prohibited.

HIGGANUM RESERVOIR, Haddam (31 acres)

S

Public right-of-way, passable for cars.

  • Species: (T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

HIGHLAND LAKE, Winchester (445 acres)

HL

TROUT management lake /
BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB YP SMB CB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Trout:
    • From 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February, 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—5, only 1 may be 16″ or greater.
    • From March 1–March 31; Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise (and from 5 p.m. on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). 45 mph speed limit on weekends and holidays.

HODGE POND, Voluntown (10 acres)

Public right-of-way, carry-in access.

  • Species: (LMB CP YP S BB)

HOGBACK RESERVOIR
(see West Branch Reservoir)

HOLBROOK POND, Hebron (83 acres)

HSL

Handicapped access at dam.

  • Species: (LMB YP CB S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

HOP BROOK lake, Middlebury (26 acres)

PSC

Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset (but no later than 8:00 pm). Walk-in access only after Labor Day weekend (September 5, 2016) until the weekend before Memorial Day weekend (May 21, 2016).

  • Species: (T) Note: Trout stocking discontinued due to limited spring recreational access.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Vessels with motors, except electric, prohibited. No ice fishing.

hope lake (see Nells Rock Reservoir)

HOPEVILLE POND, Griswold (137 acres)

PGSL

catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2012.

Launch open from Opening Day to early October.

  • Species: (LMB NP CP S WP YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

HOPEWELL POND/LAKE HOPEWELL
(see Huntington Pond)

HORSE POND, Salem (13 acres)

HSC

  • Species: (T S BB CP LMB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Statewide daily creel limit (5) now applies.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

lake HOUSATONIC, Shelton-Derby-Monroe-Oxford-Seymour (328 acres)

PL

From the Stevenson Dam to the Derby Dam. Boat launch at Indian Well State Park, opens for daytime (8:00 a.m. to sunset) use on April 1st (no other amenities until mid-May). Park officially closes September 30th. Note: boating/fishing access may continue past this date. Contact Park Manager (203-735-4311) for information concerning status of fall boating and fishing access.

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (SMB LMB WC WP YP AE S CA)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: Minimum steerage speed within 25 ft. of shore or dock. 45 mph speed limit daytime, 25 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

HOWELLS POND, Hartland (14 acres)

PHSL

Public right-of-way, passable for cars.

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

Huntington Pond (Starret Pond, Lake Hopewell, Huntington Park Pond), Redding (15 acres)

S

  • Species: (T LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

HURLBURT POND, Putnam (3 acres)

S

  • Season: Open year-round.

HYDE POND, Ledyard (5.4 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)

INDIAN LAKE (Indian Pond), Sharon-New York (196 acres)

  • Note: Connecticut or New York fishing license legal on entire pond. New York regulations apply for large & smallmouth bass.
  • Species: (LMB YP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Season—Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • All Other Species: Season—Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Other: Not more than five tip-ups and two hand-held jigs allowed for ice fishing.

ISINGLASS RESERVOIR
(see Farmill Reservoir)

kaatz pond, Trumbull (2 acres)

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

KEACH POND
(see Peck Pond)

keney park pond, Hartford (3 acres)

S

Community Fishing Waters /
catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (T S CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

LAKE KENOSIA, Danbury (60 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (LMB S BB YP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: Operating a boat propelled by an internal combustion engine prohibited.

KILLINGLY POND, Killingly-Rhode Island
(122 acres)

  • Note: Connecticut or Rhode Island fishing license legal on entire pond.
  • Species: (LMB SMB S YP CP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—5 bass, 12″ minimum length.
  • Chain Pickerel: Daily creel limit—5, 14″ minimum length.
  • All Other Species: CT Statewide regulations apply.
  • Other: No more than six tip-ups may be used when ice-fishing. Motors limited to 12 cu in (approx. 10 hp).

LAKE OF ISLES, North Stonington (89 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB CP YP CB S BB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

LAKEVILLE LAKE (see Wononskopomuc Lake)

lakewood lake (Great Brook Reservoir),
Waterbury (73 acres)

S

Community Fishing Waters /
catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2008.

  • Species: (LMB S CC)

LANTERN HILL POND,
Ledyard-North Stonington (23 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB CP CB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

LEONARD POND, Kent (20 acres)

C

  • Species: (YP CB CP BB LMB)

LAKE LILLINONAH, Brookfield-Bridgewater-Newtown-Southbury-New Milford (1547 acres)

L

From Bleachery Dam to the Shepaug Dam.

  • Species: (LMB SMB WP CB WC NP S CA YP)
  • Other: 45 mph speed limit daytime, 25 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

LILLY POND, Thompson (7.4 acres)

  • Season: Open year-round.

LITTLE POND (Little Bantam),
Litchfield (15 acres)

  • Species: (NP LMB YP S BB)
  • Northern Pike:
    • May 1–Nov. 30: Daily creel limit—2, 26″ minimum length.
    • Dec. 1–last day Feb.: Daily creel limit—1, 36″ minimum length.
    • March 1–April 30: Closed to northern pike fishing.
  • All Other Species: Open year round, statewide regulations apply.

LITTLE POND (Schoolhouse Pond),
Thompson (65 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB YP CP CB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

LONG POND, Ledyard-North Stonington (109 acres)

SL

  • Species: (T CP LMB CB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 5 mph speed limit.

LOWER FULTON PARK POND,
Waterbury (2.8 acres)

PS

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open year-round.

LOWER storrs pumping POND,
Mansfield (2 acre)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

MAD RIVER FLOOD CONTROL IMPOUNDMENT,
Winchester (7.9 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

MALTBY LAKES (1,2,3),
Orange-West Haven (19, 23 & 25 acres)

S

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked into Maltby Lakes 2 & 3 in 2007.

  • Species: (T LMB S YP CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Note: Shore fishing only. Fishing by permit from South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority 203-562-4020.

MAMANASCO LAKE, Ridgefield (89 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB S YP BB CB)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

MANITOOK LAKE, Granby (57 acres)

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Note: Ice fishing permitted on weekends only.
  • Other: 5 mph speed limit in restricted areas. Use of motors in excess of 7-½ hp prohibited on Saturdays.

MANSFIELD HOLLOW RESERVOIR
(Naubesatuck Lake), Mansfield-Chaplin-Windham (460 acres)

SLC

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE /
NORTHERN PIKE LAKE

  • Species: (CP LMB NP T YP S CB)
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. Swimming prohibited.

MANSFIELD TOWN POND
(see Bicentennial Pond)

MANSFIELD TRAINING SCHOOL PONDS,
Mansfield (1.1 & 2.3 acres)

S

  • Species: (T S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

MASHAPAUG LAKE, Union (287 acres)

PHSL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / walleye lake

  • Species: (T LMB SMB CP YP S WA)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
    • Broodstock Atlantic salmon have been stocked several times into this lake, first in 2008 and most recently in October, 2009. Regulations for salmon are the same as for trout except: Daily creel limit—1 Atlantic salmon.
  • Other: 10 mph speed limit.

LAKE McDONOUGH (Compensating Reservoir),
New Hartford-Barkhamsted (391 acres)

SL

  • Species: (T LMB SMB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Note: 10 mph motorboat speed limit. Boat launch owned and operated by MDC ($6.00 parking fee, $6.00 launching fee). Launch area open from 2nd Saturday April through Labor Day. Boat launch hours: 10:00 a.m.–sunset weekdays, 8:00 a.m.–sunset weekends, except 6:00 a.m.–sunset on Opening Day. Boats must be off lake by 7:30 p.m. Reservoir shore fishing access from sunrise to 9:00 p.m. (except from 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. on Opening Day). Visit MDC at www.themdc.com or call (860-379-3036, 860-379-0916) for updated fees, hours and other information.

McGOVERN POND, West Hartford (1 acre)

  • Species: (S, LMB)
  • Season: Open year-round.

McGrath Park POND
(Prospect Park Pond), Prospect. (1 acre)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.

MESSERSCHMIDT POND,
Deep River-Westbrook (73 acres)

SC

  • Species: (LMB CP S BB YP AE)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

MILL POND, Newington (2.7 acres)

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

MILL WOODS PARK POND,
Wethersfield (7.3 acres)

  • Season: Open year-round.

MILLERS POND, Durham (33 acres)

S

Carry in boat access (300 yards).

  • Species: (LMB YP T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

MIRROR LAKE (Hubbard Park Pond),
Meriden (7.4 acres)

SC

Community Fishing waters
Trout and Channel Catfish first stocked in 2014.

  • Species: (T, CC)
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.
  • Other: Ice fishing prohibited by town ordinance.

MITCHELL POND, East Haddam (4 acres)

S

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Other: Boats and canoes prohibited.

MOHAWK POND, Cornwall-Goshen (16 acres)

L

  • Species: (T LMB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of all motors prohibited.

MOHEGAN LAKE, Fairfield (15 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.

MOHEGAN PARK POND (Spaulding Pond),
Norwich (14 acres)

SC

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / TROUT PARK /
Community Fishing waters /
catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (T S BB LMB CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.

MONO POND, Columbia (113 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB YP CP S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

MOODUS RESERVOIR (Upper, Lower),
East Haddam (486 acres)

SL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CP CB S YP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 18″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 1 may be 18″ or greater.
  • Other: 35 mph speed limit days, 6 mph limit ½ hour after sunset to 8 a.m.

MOOSUP POND, Plainfield (96 acres)

  • Species: (T S LMB YP BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

MOREY POND, Union-Ashford (45 acres)

SL

  • Species: (BB CP LMB YP S)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

MOUNT TOM POND,
Morris-Litchfield-Washington (56 acres)

PSC

walleye lake
Walleye first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T S LMB CB CP YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Broodstock Atlantic salmon have been stocked multiple times into this lake, first in 2009 and most recently in December, 2015. Regulations for salmon are the same as for trout except: Daily creel limit—1 Atlantic salmon.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

MUDDY POND,
Woodstock-Massachusetts (38 acres)

  • Note: No public access. Connecticut or Massachusetts fishing license legal on entire pond. Connecticut regulations apply.
  • Species: (LMB CP YP S BB)
  • Other: 5 hp limit.

MUDGE POND (Silver Lake),
Sharon (207 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CP YP S BB)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 18″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 1 may be 18″ or greater.
  • Other: Motors limited to 7-½ hp. Speed limit 6 mph. Use of motors prohibited from ½ hour after sunset to sunrise and anytime within 200 feet of town beach.

NAUBESATUCK LAKE
(see Mansfield Hollow Reservoir)

NELLS ROCK RESERVOIR (Hope Lake),
Shelton (10.3 acres)

S

Species: (T)

Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

NORTH FARMS RESERVOIR,
Wallingford (64 acres)

SL

  • Species: (LMB BB S CP CB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

NORTH STREET POND, Milford

  • Season: Open year-round.

NORTHFIELD BROOK lake,
Litchfield (8 acres)

S

Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Walk-in access only after Columbus Day until the 2nd Saturday in April.

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

NORTHFIELD CUTLERY COMPANY POND,
Litchfield

Public right-of-way, passable for cars.

  • Species: (LMB S)

NORWICH POND, Lyme (30 acres)

SL

  • Species: (T LMB S CP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Operation of motorboats prohibited.

PACHAUG POND, Griswold (841 acres)

HSL

NORTHERN PIKE LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CP NP WP CB YP S BB)

PAGE PARK lagoon, Bristol (1.5 acres)

S

  • Season: Open year-round.

PAINE POND, Ashford (2 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

PAPERMILL POND (see Southford Falls Pond),
Oxford-Southbury (2.4 acres)

PARK POND, Winchester (74.9 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB S YP BB CP CB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

PASTURE POND, Plainfield

S

At Quinebaug Valley State Hatchery

  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April-September 30.

PATTACONK LAKE (Russell Jennings Pond),
Chester (56 acres)

PHSCC

Carry-in boat access only (75 yards).

Catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (T LMB YP S CC CB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. Use of internal combustion engines prohibited during July and August.

PATTAGANSETT LAKE, East Lyme
(128 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CB S CP YP AE)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 18″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 1 may be 18″ or greater.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

PECK POND (Keach Pond),
Thompson-Putnam-Rhode Island (14 acres)

S

  • Note: Connecticut or Rhode Island fishing license legal on entire pond. Rhode Island regulations apply as follows:
  • Species: (T LMB SMB CP YP S BB CB)
  • Season: 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—5 bass, 12″ minimum length.
  • Chain Pickerel: Daily creel limit—5, 14″ minimum length.
  • Trout: No minimum length. Daily creel limit—5 from 2nd Saturday in April to November 30th. Daily creel limit—2 from December 1st to last day February.

PERRY POND, Thompson-Massachusetts
(4 acres)

  • Note: Connecticut or Massachusetts fishing license legal on entire pond. Connecticut regulations apply.
  • Species: (LMB CP YP S BB)

PICKEREL LAKE, Colchester-East Haddam
(82 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CB S CP)
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

PICKETT’S POND (Osborndale State Park),
Derby (9 acres)

PSC

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS
Channel Catfish first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T, CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

PIERREPONT POND (Lake Naraneka),
Ridgefield (38 acres)

SC

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

PINE ACRES LAKE, Hampton (190 acres)

PSL

  • Species: (LMB S YP BB)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

Pine Lake (Shelton Reservoir #2),
Shelton (7.3 acres)

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–December 31.

Lake pocotopaug, East Hampton
(502 acres)

  • Note: No public access.
  • Species: (LMB SMB CP WA WP YP S)
  • Walleye: Daily creel limit—2, 20″ minimum length.

POWERS LAKE, East Lyme (144 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB CP S YP CB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

QUADDICK RESERVOIR, Thompson
(408 acres)

PSLC

Launch open 8 a.m. until sunset from April 9th through December 1st.

NORTHERN PIKE LAKE

  • Species: (LMB NP CP CB YP BB S)

Lake QUASSAPAUG, Woodbury-Middlebury
(297 acres)

  • Note: No public access, icefishing prohibited.
  • Species: (T SMB S CB BB LMB YP CP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—1, 18″ minimum length.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—1 total, 18″ minimum length.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit, except 25 mph from Tuesday after Labor Day to 3rd Saturday in April. Use of motors prohibited 11 p.m.–6 a.m.

quillinan reservoir, Ansonia
(12.2 acres)

No facilities, walk in access only.

  • Species: (LMB S YP)

QUINEBAUG LAKE (Wauregan Reservoir),
Killingly (88 acres)

SL

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T LMB CP S CB YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

QUONNIPAUG LAKE, Guilford (99 acres)

SL

Note: Icefishing prohibited.

TROUT management LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB BB SMB CP S YP AE CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: From March 1–March 31, Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: Motors limited to 6 hp. Operation of motorboats prohibited from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

RAINBOW RESERVOIR, Windsor (240 acres)

L

  • Species: (LMB SMB S CP YP WP CB BB)
  • Other: 35 mph speed limit.

RED CEDAR LAKE, Lebanon (127 acres)

S

No maintained/developed launch facilities, informal cartop access only.

  • Species: (LMB YP S CB CP)

ROGERS LAKE, Lyme-Old Lyme (260 acres)

L

TROUT management LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB CP CB YP BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: From March 1–March 31, Daily creel limit—1, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: Motors limited to 135 hp. 6 mph speed limit sunset to 10:00 a.m. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for additional restrictions.

ROSELAND LAKE, Woodstock (96 acres)

SL

Access courtesy of Roseland Park. Open sunrise to sunset (closed thanksgiving and Christmas), unimproved boat launch, fishing dock. Visit www.roselandlake.org for additional information on the park.

  • Species: (LMB CA CP YP CB S T BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

ROSS POND, Killingly (31 acres)

SC

  • Species: (LMB CP S)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

Rowan’s POND
(Butternut Park Pond), Middletown (2.9 acres)

S

Community Fishing Waters
Trout and channel catfish first stocked in 2014.

  • Species: (T, CC, LMB, S)
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.

SAINT MARTHA’S POND, Enfield

S

  • Species: (T S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

SALMON BROOK POND, Glastonbury

S

  • Species: (T S YP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

SALTERS POND, Manchester (3 acres)

S

  • Species: (S LMB CP)

LAKE SALTONSTALL, Branford-East Haven
(422 acres)

S

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE / WALLEYE LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB S WA CB YP WP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—1 bass, 18″ minimum length.
  • Other: Use of live bait prohibited.
  • Note: Fishing by permit from South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority 203-401-2654. Boat rentals available (no other vessels allowed).

SAUGATUCK RESERVOIR,
Easton-Redding-Weston (827 acres)

HS

WALLEYE LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB SMB S WA)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–December 31.
  • Note: Permit required to fish—contact Aquarion Water Company at 203-452-3511. Fishing permitted from west shore only.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. Boating, wading and flotation devices prohibited.

SAVIN LAKE, Lebanon (49 acres)

S

Carry-in boat access (30 yards).

  • Species: (LMB YP WP S BB CP)
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

SAWMILL PARK POND, Ledyard

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

SCHREEDER POND (Chatfield Hollow Pond),
Killingworth (4 acres)

PSC

In Chatfield Hollow State Park. Walk-in access only during off-season.

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

SCOVILLE RESERVOIR, Wolcott (121 acres)

HSL

Catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2013.

  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday of April–last day February.
  • Species: (T LMB S YP CP CB)
  • Other: Operation of vessels prohibited from sunset to sunrise. Use or possession of internal combustion engines prohibited.

seymour reservoirs (1, 2, 3 & 4), Oxford (4.4, 35, 11.5 & 37.4 acres)

No facilities, walk-in access only.

  • Species: (LMB S YP)

SHAW LAKE (see Lake Hayward)

SHELTON RESERVOIR #2 (see Pine Lake)

SHENIPSIT LAKE, Ellington-Tolland-Vernon
(532 acres)

S

  • Species: (LMB CB SMB WP YP T CP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Note: Use of boats restricted to those stored on site. Contact the Shenipsit Lake Boat Storage Facility (860-875-1850) for additional information concerning fishing access and to check boat storage space availability.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited.

SILVER LAKE (Peat Works Pond),
Berlin-Meriden (146 acres)

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Catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

  • Species: (CB LMB S BB CP CC)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

SIMSBURY TOWN PARK PONDS, Simsbury

  • Species: (S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–June 15.

SOCHRIN POND, Seymour

  • Children’s Pond: Fishing restricted to children under age 16.
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

SOMERSVILLE MILL POND (Scantic River),
Somers (41 acres)

S

Unimproved town launch.

  • Species: (T LMB S CP CB YP BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: 6 mph speed limit.

SOUTHFORD FALLS POND (Papermill Pond),
Oxford-Southbury (2.4 acres)

PHSC

In Southford Falls State Park.

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.

SOUTH SPECTACLE POND, Kent (85 acres)

Public right-of-way, not passable for cars.

  • Species: (LMB YP S)

Spaulding pond (see Mohegan Park Pond)

SQUANTZ POND, New Fairfield, Sherman
(270 acres)

PHSL

TROUT management LAKE / WALLEYE LAKE

  • Species: (CA WA T LMB SMB YP S WP)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: From March 1–March 31, 16″ minimum length, Daily creel limit—1.
  • Other: Motors on boats launched at Squantz Pond State Park launch ramp limited to 25 hp. 45 mph daytime speed limit, 25 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise. Fishing from shore prohibited behind fence along shore in State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

STANLEY QUARTER POND, New Britain
(6.4 acres)

S

Community Fishing Waters
Trout and channel catfish first stocked in 2014.

  • Species: (S, T, CC, LMB)
  • Season: Open year-round.
  • Trout: Season open 2nd Saturday in April-last day February.
  • All Other Species: Season open year round.

starret Pond (see Huntington Pond)

STATE LINE POND, Stafford (75 acres)

S

Next to Route 32.

  • Species: (YP S BB CP)

LAKE STIBBS (Southbury Training School Pond),
Southbury (5 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

STILLWATER POND, Torrington (94 acres)

SC

Catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (T LMB YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

STRATTON BROOK PARK POND,
Simsbury (2.3 acres)

PSC

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2

STROH park POND, Windsor (1.4 acres)

  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–November 30.

TAFTVILLE RESERVOIR, Norwich (25 acres)

S

Access through Raymond Ouellet Park.

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (LMB T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.

TAFTVILLE POND, Lisbon (117 acres)

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Small town boat launch (ramp open April 1 to November 30).

  • Species: (LMB, SMB CB S YP CA)

TANKERHOOSEN LAKES, Vernon (10 acres)

  • Species: (T LMB CP S YP BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

TETREAULT POND, Killingly (39 acres)

  • Species: (CP S YP)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

TOLLGATE POND, Greenwich (7 acres)

  • Species: (LMB S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.

TWIN BROOKS PARK POND,
Trumbull (4 acres)

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Note: Ice fishing prohibited by town ordinance.

TYLER POND, Goshen (187 acres)

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  • Species: (T YP LMB CB CP BB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

UNCAS LAKE (Hog Pond), Lyme (69 acres)

PSL

  • Species: (T LMB AE CP YP S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Operation of motorboats prohibited.

UPPER FULTON PARK POND,
Waterbury (2.1 acres)

S

Community Fishing Waters

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

valley falls pond, Vernon (4.1 acres)

SC

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2

WALKERS RESERVOIR (East), Vernon
(5.1 acres)

HS

  • Species: (T YP S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

WANGUMBAUG LAKE
(see Coventry Lake), Coventry

Lake WARAMAUG, Kent-Warren-Washington
(656 acres)

PGC

Carry-in boat access in Lake Waramaug State Park (approximately 100 foot carry to water). Boating access is also available to the general public at the town boat launch (annual launch permit fee and daily inspection fee) in Washington. Required inspection of boat and trailer for invasive plants. Boats and trailers failing inspection will not be allowed to use launch. Days and hours of operation vary seasonally, contact the Washington Park and Recreation Department (860-868-1519) for more information.

  • Species: (LMB SMB CP YP BB S)

WARDS MILLPOND (Branford River),
Branford (7.3 acres)

S

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.

Warner pond (Kazan’s Pond),
Newtown. (11.7 acres)

No facilities, walk in access only.

  • Species: (LMB S YP)

WASHINGTON PARK POND, Windsor

  • Season: Open year-round.

WAUREGAN RESERVOIR
(see Quinebaug Lake)

WEST BRANCH (Hogback) RESERVOIR,
Hartland-Colebrook (201 acres)

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  • Species: (T YP S SMB RA)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited.

WEST HILL POND, New Hartford-Barkhamsted
(261 acres)

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TROUT management LAKE / KOKANEE LAKE

  • Species: (T K SMB YP S LMB RA)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–March 31.
  • Trout: from March 1–March 31, 16″ minimum length, Daily creel limit—1.
  • Trout & Kokanee combined: Daily creel limit—8 for both species in aggregate, of which no more than 5 may be trout and no more than 5 may be kokanee salmon.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. 15 mph speed limit except 6 mph between sunset and sunrise. From Memorial Day through September 15th motors limited to 8 hp.

WEST PEQUONNOCK RESERVOIR,
Monroe (1.4 acres)

  • Species: (LMB S)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–December 31.
  • Note: Permit required to fish—contact Aquarion Water Company at 203-452-3511.

WEST SIDE POND, Goshen (42 acres)

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BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB YP S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.

WEST THOMPSON LAKE,
Thompson (239 acres)

GSLC

WALLEYE LAKE
Walleye first stocked in 2012.

  • Species: (LMB SMB CP CB WP S YP CA)
  • Other: Speed limit 5 mph.

WEST TWIN LAKE (Washinee Lake),
Salisbury (290 acres)

  • Species: (CP LMB S CB YP)
  • Other: 35 mph daytime speed limit, 6 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour after sunrise. Also 6 mph within 200 feet of vessel or dock. The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited.

WHARTON POND (Allen Brook Pond), Wallingford (5 acres)

PSC

In Wharton Brook State Park.

TROUT PARK

  • Species: (T)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit—2.
  • Other: All vessels prohibited.

WHITNEY FLOOD CONTROL POND (Patten Brook),
Stafford (2 acres)

S

  • Species: (S BB CP)

WILLIAMS POND (Lake Williams),
Lebanon (272 acres)

S

Informal cartop access from dam on Route 207.

  • Species: (LMB CP YP S BB CB)

WINCHESTER LAKE, Winchester (246 acres)

L

NORTHERN PIKE LAKE

  • Species: (LMB CP YP S NP CB BB)
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit.

LAKE WINFIELD (see Zeiner Pond), Plymouth

Lake WINNEMAUG, Watertown (113 acres)

  • Species: (LMB S CB WP BB YP)
  • Other: 7 mph speed limit. Vessels with internal combustion engines attached are prohibited.

LAKE WINTERGREEN, Hamden (44 acres)

SCC

Community Fishing Waters /
catfish lake
Channel catfish first stocked in 2007.

West Rock Ridge State Park — Public right-of-way not passable to cars.

  • Species: (S LMB YP T CC)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Other: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.

WONONSKOPOMUC LAKE (Lakeville Lake),
Salisbury (348 acres)

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BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (T LMB CP YP S BB)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–October 31.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: 12″ to 16″ protected slot limit. Daily creel limit—6 bass, only 2 may be 16″ or greater.
  • Other: The possession and use of any live alewives, blueback (glut or river) herring, gizzard, hickory or threadfin shad as bait is prohibited. Motors restricted to 12 cu in. Town operated boat launch-fee charged. Launch open daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from 2nd Saturday in April to Labor Day. From Labor Day through October 31st launch open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on weekends. Boat livery.

WOOD CREEK POND, Norfolk (148 acres)

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  • Species: (LMB BB YP CP)

WYASSUP LAKE, North Stonington (99 acres)

L

BASS MANAGEMENT LAKE

  • Species: (CP YP T LMB BB AE)
  • Season: Open 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday April–last day February.
  • Largemouth & smallmouth bass: Daily creel limit—2, 16″ minimum length.
  • Other: 8 mph speed limit. See 2016 Boater’s Guide for summer exemption.

ZEINER POND (Lake Winfield),
Plymouth (16 acres)

S

No longer stocked with trout.

  • Season: Open year-round.

Zemko Pond, Salem (8 acres)

Walk-in access from Round Hill Road (300 yards).

  • Species: (LMB S)

LAKE ZOAR, Monroe-Oxford-Newton-Southbury (909 acres)

GL

WALLEYE LAKE
Walleye first stocked in 2011.

From the Shepaug Dam to the Stevenson Dam.

  • Species: (SMB WP LMB CB WC S YP WA)
  • Other: 45 mph speed limit daytime, 25 mph from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

Lakes & Ponds

Remember, it’s illegal to fish in or into a DEEP permitted swim area.

(RSCA §15-121-B12(c))