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CONNECTICUT’S NEW 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:

  1. Fishing in the designated Trout Management Areas (TMA), Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA), Trout Parks, and Atlantic Salmon Broodstock areas; or
  2. Harvesting trout, Kokanee, or Atlantic Salmon.

WHO DOES NOT NEED A TROUT & SALMON STAMP

  1. Anyone younger than 16 years of age.
  2. Holders of lifetime fishing licenses issued to persons that are blind, have an intellectually disability, or certain physical disabilities (see Licenses & Permits).
  3. 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 at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing or 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).

National Saltwater Angler Registry

Congress, through the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, called on NOAA Fisheries to create a national registry of saltwater anglers. Required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Marine Recreational Angler Program (MRIP) is a partnership working to improve saltwater recreational fishing data collection and provide more informed fisheries conservation.

The angler registry will improve data collection by creating a universe of saltwater anglers, essentially a phonebook of fishermen. This resource will help reduce bias and improve the efficiency of catch and effort surveys. Instead of asking a random sample of coastal U.S. residents if they’ve gone fishing (what is currently done), an angler registry through a phone or mail survey would allow surveyors to call upon those who have already identified themselves as saltwater fishermen.

Anglers please note:

New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire also have marine license or registration requirements. Connecticut has reciprocity (your CT marine waters fishing license will be accepted) with all these states except for New Hampshire where a CT resident will need to obtain a New Hampshire saltwater license. Note that residents of Connecticut are required to have a CT resident marine waters sport fishing license to fish in Connecticut’s Marine District.

Connecticut anglers holding valid marine waters fishing license are exempt from National Saltwater Angler Registry.

For more information, please see www.countmyfish.noaa.gov or www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/recreational

Fishways and Fishing

Fishing is prohibited in the area immediately downstream or upstream of a fishway, generally for a distance of 250 feet from the fishway. Note that at some fishways, this distance may vary from 250 feet.

At locations where the distance from the fishway does differ from 250 feet, the boundaries of the “no-fishing” area will be as posted by DEEP (look for signs and/or large rocks painted red marking the boundaries).

Anglers with questions about the “no-fishing” zones around any of the over 60 fishways in the state should contact DEEP’s Diadromous Fisheries Restoration Program (Fisheries Division) at 860-434-6043.