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Licenses

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Recreational Fishing Licenses

An Inland fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older fishing in the Inland District (see Marine/Inland Demarcation for demarcation between Inland and Marine Districts). A marine recreational fishing license is required for anyone age 16 of age or older fishing from shore or from a boat in the marine district. Most licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31st.

Licenses are available online at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing. Licenses are also available at participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEEP field offices, and by phone or in person from the DEEP Store (860-424-3555). For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEEP website or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).

Active Armed Forces Members

Any active, full-time member of the armed forces may be issued fishing and/or small game firearms licenses for the resident fee. Proof of membership during the calendar year must be carried while using the license.

Other Recreational Marine Licenses

Special “Personal Use” licenses are required for: a) persons taking lobsters for their own use by up to 10 pots or SCUBA, and B) persons taking menhaden with a single gill net not more than 60 feet in length, for personal use from marine waters only.

  • Personal Use Lobster License: $120.00
    (purchase of pot tags also required if using pots)
  • Personal Use Gillnet License for Menhaden: $100

Marine “Personal Use” licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, are non-transferable, and are only issued by DEEP Licensing and Revenue at 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106-5127. See www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense for additional information and a license application.

Commercial Licenses

A commercial license is required to take, possess or land (regardless where taken) fish, lobsters, blue crabs, squid, sea scallops, horseshoe crabs and bait species intended for sale from both the inland and marine districts. Contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division at 860-434-6043 or write to the Marine Fisheries Division at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov or P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 for further information on commercial fishing.

RESIDENT LICENSES

FEE

Resident Inland Waters Sport Fishing License

$28.00

Resident Marine Waters Sport Fishing License

$10.00

One Day Resident Marine Waters Sport Fishing License

$5.00

Resident All Waters (Inland & Marine) Sport Fishing License

$32.00

Resident Combination Inland Waters Fishing and Firearms Hunting License

$38.00

Resident Combination Marine Waters Sport Fishing and Firearms Hunting License

$25.00

Resident Combination All Waters Sport Fishing and Firearms Hunting License

$38.00

Resident Combination All Waters Sport Fishing License and Bow and Arrow Permit to Hunt Deer and Small Game

$65.00

Resident Archery Super Sport License to Fish in All Waters, Bow and Arrow Permit to Hunt Deer and Small Game, and Permit to Hunt Wild Turkey During Spring Season on Private Land

$82.00

Resident Firearms Super Sport License to Fish in All Waters and Firearms Hunt, Firearms Private Land Shotgun or Rifle Deer Permit, muzzleloader private land deer permit, and Permit to Hunt Wild Turkey During Spring Season on Private Land

$84.00

Age 65 and older (annual) fishing, hunting, combination licenses

Free

Special resident licenses available only from
participating town halls and selected DEEP offices.

Blind Inland or Marine Waters fishing licenses (lifetime)*

Free

Inland or Marine Waters fishing licenses (lifetime) for individuals with intellectual disabilities*

Free

Physically handicapped (loss of one or more limbs, or permanent loss of use of one or more limbs) Inland or Marine Waters fishing, hunting, combination licenses (lifetime)**

Free

* Issuance of a free license to the blind or individuals with intellectual disabilities (as defined in Public Act 11-16) requires proof of disability in the form of a certificate provided by any person licensed to practice medicine in this state.

** Any resident with the loss of a limb or the permanent loss of the use of a limb and a doctor’s certificate may be issued a free license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.

NON-RESIDENT LICENSES

FEE

Nonresident Inland Waters Fishing License

$55.00

Nonresident Inland Waters Fishing License for
3 Consecutive Days

$22.00

Nonresident Marine Waters Fishing License

$15.00

Nonresident Marine Waters Fishing License for
3 Consecutive Days

$8.00

Nonresident All Waters Fishing License

$63.00

Nonresident Combination License to Fish in Inland Waters
and Firearms Hunt

$110.00

Nonresident Combination License to Fish in Marine Waters
and Firearms Hunt

$94.00

Nonresident Combination License to Fish in All Waters
and Firearms Hunt

$120.00

A marine recreational fishing license is required to fish in the marine district.

Group Fishing Licenses

Now available to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations wishing to conduct group fishing programs and events for:

  • Veterans with a service-related or other disability who receive services at a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System facility;
  • Persons who receives mental health or addiction services from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), DMHAS programs or facilities, or psychiatric hospitals operated at least in part by DMHAS;
  • Individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or a facility licensed by DDS; or
  • Persons receiving care from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF receiving homes, or certain DCF-licensed child care facilities or programs.

Qualified tax-exempt organizations can apply for a Group Fishing License ($250.00 annual fee). Holders of this license may hold up to 50 events per year, including both inland and marine water events. Each event is limited to 50 people. The events must be supervised by organization staff or volunteers. Supervising staff and volunteers must have fishing licenses. The organization may not charge a fee to participate and the events may not be used as a fundraiser.

Contact DEEP Inland Fisheries (email: deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov, phone: 860-424-3474) for more information and application forms.

Permits are required for these activities:

  • Stock fish or import fish into the state
  • Conduct a fishing tournament or derby
  • Use grass carp to manage aquatic plants

NOTICE TO SPORTSMEN

A judgement or a plea of guilty, forfeiture of a bond, or payment of a fine for a fishing, hunting, or trapping violation may result in the suspension of your fishing, hunting, or trapping license.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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