Trout & Salmon Stamp
Connecticut’s Trout & Salmon Stamp
Funding Trout and Salmon Fishing for Future Generations!
In order to maintain its trout and salmon programs, DEEP has established an additional revenue source in the form of a trout & salmon stamp. As with your fishing licenses, all (100%) of the money generated from your purchase of a trout & salmon stamp goes to support Connecticut’s fish and wildlife programs.
Who Needs a Trout & Salmon Stamp
A trout & salmon stamp is now required for anyone age 16 and older (including those age 65 and over) when:
- Fishing in the designated Trout Management Areas (TMA), Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA), Trout Parks, and Atlantic Salmon Broodstock areas; or
- Harvesting trout, Kokanee, or Atlantic Salmon.
Note: We have received numerous questions from anglers on whether a trout & salmon stamp is needed to fish a Trout Management Lake (TML). These lakes are not TMA’s, a stamp is needed at a Trout Management Lake only when keeping trout or salmon.
As a handy aid we are posting signs at many locations reminding anglers of the Trout & Salmon Stamp requirements at those locations. Green signs will be posted at those areas where a stamp is required to fish the area, and purple signs at most of the other areas where a stamp is required only when keeping a trout or salmon.
Who Does Not Need a Trout & Salmon Stamp
- Anyone younger than 16 years of age.
- Holders of lifetime fishing licenses issued to persons that are blind, have an intellectually disability, or certain physical disabilities (see Licenses).
- Anyone fishing waters stocked at no expense to the state (waters stocked with trout by another entity, but not stocked by the state).
What’s the Fee for a Trout & Salmon Stamp
The fee for a trout & salmon stamp is $5.00 ($3.00 for CT residents ages 16 & 17). The stamp is issued for the calendar year and expires on December 31st (just as most fishing licenses).
Obtaining the Stamp is Easy
The trout & salmon stamp can be obtained just as you obtained your fishing license:
- Online www.ct.gov/deep/getmyfishinglicense, or
- In person at one of our offices, a town hall that has opted to sell licenses, or at a number of other vendors. For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEEP website or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).
There is no physical stamp; when you purchase a Trout & Salmon stamp, a line noting that you have obtained a stamp is added to your license document (if purchasing online, don’t forget to print the updated license or download it to your mobile device).