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TROUT FISHING OPTIONS IN CONNECTICUT

Opening day is not until April 13, but there are still trout fishing options available in Connecticut until then.
By CT DEEP Inland Fisheries  |  March 5, 2019
TROUT FISHING OPTIONS IN CONNECTICUT
A fine brookie stocked by Connecticut Fish and Wildlife this week.

While the official opening day of trout season in all waters is not set to take place until 6:00 AM on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Connecticut, there are still options for trout anglers in the Nutmeg State. Additionally, spring trout stocking by the state has already begun.

NEW INTERACTIVE TROUT STOCKING MAP
The very popular interactive trout stocking map is up and running! This map will tell you where we stock trout and when the location was last stocked (updated daily.) We are currently stocking places that are open to fishing (but may be catch and release only - check regulations.) We will not be updating the locations that are currently closed to fishing until the week prior to opening day, which is April 13, 2019.

Trout Fishing closed on February 28 in most state waters. Most waters that are stocked with trout are closed to all fishing. Exceptions are Trout Management Lakes (see details below), Tidal Rivers, Trout Management Area's, and places not stocked with trout. For the remainder of trout waters, this closure allows DEEP Trout Hatchery staff to stock in preparation for Opening Day - 6:00 am on April 13, 2019. Remember to check your Fishing Guide for specific regulations on each waterbody before you go fishing.

2019 Fishing Licenses are on sale now. 100% of your investment in licenses, tags, permits, and stamps comes to the Bureau of Natural Resources in support of Fisheries and Wildlife programs.

CT TROUT MANAGEMENT LAKES

Fisheries has stocked eight lakes (Crystal Lake, Highland Lake, Squantz Pond, West Hill Pond, East Twin Lake, Amos Lake, Quonnipaug Lake, and Rogers Lake) with a total of 4,000 trout (2,000 Rainbows and 2,000 Brook Trout.) These fish average 16 inches in length and are being produced specifically for these "March Season" lakes that have a daily creel limit of one trout with a 16 inch minimum length during the month of March. Fishing closes at these lakes on March 31, 2019.

Candlewood Lake will be the only March season trout lake not getting stocked with some of these fish. It will be stocked with the normal number of trout prior to opening day (too large for the number of fish we have available.)

TROUT AND SALMON STAMP
A Trout and Salmon Stamp ($5) is required if you would like to KEEP any Trout or Salmon (look for the purple sign) or if you would like to FISH in a Trout Management Area (River or Stream), Wild Trout Management Area, Trout Park or Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Area (look for the green sign). Details below and on our FAQ page. Get it at the same time you purchase your fishing license or add it later.

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