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 on this site for additional information on demarcation between Inland and Marine Districts). A marine recreational fishing license is now 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/dep/fishing. Licenses are also available at participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEP field offices, and by phone or in person from the DEP Store (860-424-3555). For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEP website or call DEP 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)
- Personal Use Gillnet License for Menhaden: $100
Marine “Personal Use” licenses are also issued on a calendar year basis, are non-transferable, and are only issued by DEP Licensing and Revenue at 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106-5127. See www.ct.gov/dep/fishinglicense for additional information and a license application.
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 DEP Marine Fisheries Division at 860-434-6043 or write to the Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 for further information on commercial fishing.