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Per an executive order by the Governor, anglers in Connecticut will no longer need to wait until April 11 for trout season to open in 2020.
By Toby Lapinski  |  March 25, 2020
Evan of Bignosebassin and Black Hall Outfitters has been hammering some big trout on the fly in the local TMA's, but as of March 24 ALL TROUT WATERS are now open in Connecticut.

Opening Day of trout season is a big deal for many anglers. Some look forward to it as an official way to kick off the open-water fishing season, making plans to make that first cast as the clock strikes 6 AM. Others avoid trout-stocked waters like the plague but still use the date as a mental note of the start of fishing. Many of us fall somewhere in the middle.

Well, the wait is over because on the afternoon of March 24, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed executive order No. 7L which, among other items, opened all inland fishing effective immediately including the previously-closed trout waters.

Specifically, it stated:

Early Opening of Fishing Season. Notwithstanding Section 26-112 of the Connecticut General Statutes and any associated regulations, effective immediately and through the remainder of the 2020 fishing season, unless earlier modified or terminated by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, there is no closed season for fishing in the inland waters of Connecticut. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may extend or modify the open seasons for inland waters fishing without notice and public hearing and issue any implementing orders she deems necessary consistent with this order. All other regulations for fishing, including, but not limited to, licensing, stamps, methods, catch-and-release areas, creel limits and length limits shall remain in effect. Anglers shall practice social distancing measures, such as remaining six feet apart.

The complete order may be found here.

As stated, all related fishing licenses, trout stamps, etc. are still required, so log onto the CT DEEP licensing portal, get your license and trout stamp, and get out there and wet a line! And while you’re at it, be sure to snap a picture or two of your catches and send them to me at tlapinski@thefisherman.com. I’d not only love to see how you’re spending your time Social Fish-stancing, I am also looking for a trout-related cover for an upcoming copy of The Fisherman.