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Channel Catfish:

Channel Catfish Waters

(2013 size stocked)

Not stocked in 2013

Adults and Yearlings



  • Stocked as either yearlings
    – 8) or adults (14 or more)
  • The purchase of channel catfish is provided through federal Sportfish Restoration program funding
  • Excellent to eat try blackened, Cajun, deep fried, or broiled)
  • Reach large size
    (CT record = 29 lbs. 6 oz.)
  • Are easy to catch year round
  • No size limit or daily limit
    (as of 2014)

DEEP and local communities working together to promote natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities within urban neighborhoods.

The Community Fishing Waters Program is growing! Currently there are six lakes in Connecticut designated as Community Fishing Waters and beginning in the spring of 2014, six more areas will be added to the list. These waters are stocked with trout in the early spring and channel catfish in late spring/early summer to provide a year-round fishery. All these waters are located along or close to public transportation routes to enhance fishing opportunities in urban neighborhoods. Be sure to visit one of the Community Fishing Waters near you!

Community Fishing Waters Program:

Looking to GET THE LEAD OUT?

Lead is a metal which, in sufficient quantities, can negatively affect the nervous and reproductive systems of animals and humans. Most fishing jigs and sinkers have historically been made with lead.

Wildlife such as eagles, loons, and other waterfowl can be poisoned by lead they’ve consumed. Hooked fish can ingest or retain attached lead fishing tackle such as hooks and jigs, and become a potential pathway of lead exposure for predatory birds consuming fish containing such lead fishing gear. In addition, lost or discarded lead fishing weights and other lead fishing tackle of smaller sizes can be ingested by wildlife, particularly dabbling and diving water birds such as swans, ducks, geese and loons.

There are alternatives to lead, made from non-poisonous materials such as tin, bismuth, steel, tungsten and glass that are available at established sporting goods retailers and on the internet. These will be more expensive than lead, but will be more environmentally benign, and as demand continues to grow, prices are expected to drop.

Consider asking for non-lead alternatives when purchasing new tackle or replacing old.

Websites for more information on lead sinkers include:

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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