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Shoreline Fishing in Coastal State Parks

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During regular hours, a vehicle parking fee is required to enter most of the state parks. Fees are collected from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. during the week except at state parks marked with an asterisk.

* Parking Fees subject to change.

Night Fishing Rules

Anglers entering a park by vehicle must obtain a vehicle permit in order to park and fish. No vehicle will be admitted into the day-use area of the park from 6:30 a.m.–8 a.m. Individuals entering the park without a vehicle do not require a permit, but must possess fishing tackle (rod & reel, bait, light, etc.) and engage in fishing.

Bluff Point State Park, Groton

Fishing is allowed at Poquonock Cove and the beach at Bluff Point, 24 hrs.

  • Fish to be caught: Winter flounder and snapper bluefish can be caught at Poquonock Cove. Bluefish, striped bass, hickory shad, summer flounder, little tunny and tautog can be caught from the beach.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 88 to Route 117 south, right onto Route 1, left onto Depot Road. Follow to end.
  • Parking Fees: None.

Fort Trumbull State Park, New London handicap icon_fishing.psd

Fishing access (handicapped accessible), 24 hour pedestrian access from Riverfront Walk to Pier 4 on the Thames River.

  • Fish to be caught: Bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, hickory shad, scup, tautog, winter flounder and weakfish.
  • Directions: I-95N, Exit 83 (Huntington Street). I-95S, Exit 84.
  • Parking Fees: None. Telephone: 860-444-7591.

Ferry Landing State Park, Old Lyme handicap icon_fishing.psd

Fishing access (handicapped accessible) consists of a fenced bulkhead area and a fishing/crabbing boardwalk. Parking is available inside the park after hours for fishing/crabbing only.

  • Fish to be caught: Bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, catfish, tomcod, winter flounder, hickory shad, and white perch.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 70 to Route 156. After ¼ mile make a right onto Ferry Road. Follow to end. Telephone: 860-434-6043.
  • Parking Fees: None.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

Fishing is allowed only at the Meig’s Point Jetty (south end) and at West Beach Jetty during the peak season from 8 a.m. to sunset. Night fishing is permitted along the entire beach (2 miles). The entire beach (2 miles) is not open to night fishing during the off-season (October–May).

  • Fish to be caught: Tautog, winter flounder, bluefish, summer flounder, scup, weakfish and striped bass.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 62. Telephone: 203-245-2785.
  • Parking Fees*
  • Weekdays: resident—$14.00, non-resident—$20.00
  • Weekend/Holiday: resident—$20.00, non-resident—$30.00

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Fishing is allowed along the beach. No swimming allowed.

  • Fish to be caught: Tautog, bluefish, and striped bass can be caught off the rocky point and summer flounder off the beach.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 75. Route 213 to park. Telephone: 860-443-5725.
  • Parking Fees*
  • Weekdays: resident—$10.00, non-resident—$14.00
  • Weekend/Holiday: resident—$14.00, non-resident—$20.00

Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

Fishing is allowed on the jetty year round. The entire beach and jetty is open to fishing during the off-season. Jetty located on right side of beach.

  • Fish to be caught: Tautog, winter flounder, bluefish, and striped bass can be caught off the jetty. Crabbing is allowed at designated areas.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 72 to Route 156. Telephone: 860-739-5471.
  • Parking Fees*
  • Weekdays: resident—$14.00, non-resident—$20.00
  • Weekend/Holiday: resident—$20.00, non-resident—$30.00

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

Fishing is allowed at Sherwood Point, East and West Jetty during the open season (April 15–Sept. 30). The entire beach is open to fishing during the off-season from 8 a.m. to sunset only.

  • Fish to be caught: Tautog, bluefish, scup, summer flounder, winter flounder and striped bass can be caught off Sherwood Point.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 18. Telephone: 203-226-6983.
  • Parking Fees*
  • Weekdays: resident—$14.00, non-resident—$20.00
  • Weekend/Holiday: resident—$20.00, non-resident—$30.00.

Silver Sands State Park/Charles Island, Milford

Fishing is open throughout the area including the sand spit which extends about a mile from the mainland to Charles Island. Caution is advised when fishing or walking the tombolo. Swift tidal currents during a flood tide can make passage dangerous and persons unfamiliar with the area may be stranded on Charles Island until low tide.

  • Fish to be caught: Bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, hickory shad and weakfish.
  • Directions: I-95, Exit 35. Take Seaside Avenue to Broadway Street.
  • Parking Fees: None.
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