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Mystery Fish
Do you recognize this fish? 

Email your guess to DEEP.inland.fisheries@ct.gov

The April mystery fish were Channel Catfish; one of the most popular and tasty gamefish in the country.

Channel Catfish:
  • have long whiskers (barbels) used to help locate food. 
  • can be differentiated from bullhead by the presence of a deeply forked tail (bullhead have a rounded tail). 
  • feed on a variety of items and because they are an active feeder, may even be taken on a lure. 
  • fishing is usually better at night.
Caught a Big One?
Be proud of your catch! By meeting the minimum size requirements and rules, you can earn a trophy fish award pin. View the details.
Wondering what's new in fisheries?  
Get the latest in fisheries through our quarterly reports.

or 
Pack Your Camera
We are accepting your high quality digital photos of your great CT fish catches for the 2016 Angler's Guide. Ideal photos are sharp, well focused, high resolution images representing the great fishing opportunities in Connecticut.  Email your entries to deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov.
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Every issue of this bi-monthly publication includes great wildlife photography, in-depth feature articles written by DEEP biologists, information about hunting and fishing, and natural history articles.

Connecticut Wildlife Magazine is published six times each year.

Subscriptions are $8 for one year, $15 for two, or $20 for three years.

Report a Violation
Help to protect our natural resources for future outdoor sports enthusiasts.  Report suspected violations by calling DEEP Environmental Conservation Police at 1-800-842-HELP
Are you 16-17 years old? 
Get 50% off fishing and hunting licenses
All 16 and 17 year old Connecticut residents can purchase 2015 fishing and hunting licenses, tags, permits, and/or stamps at 50% of the full resident cost. Get your license now!
Need a Permit?
P lanning a fishing tournament or derby? Would you like to stock some fish in your pond? You can now take advantage of our new on-line permit application system, ezFile.  To get started, download Google Chrome, create your user account, and submit an application.  If you have questions, give us a call at 860-424-FISH (3474). 

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Latest Bites
Fishing is hitting full stride.  Conditions are good and are improving just about everywhere.  Trout, bass, Channel Catfish, and sunfish are eager to bite.  Striped Bass are in the larger tidal rivers and blue crab, Porgy (Scup) and Summer Flounder (Fluke) seasons are now open.
Get your Bonus Striped Bass Tag now at DEEP offices.   One tag will be issued per conservation ID. The  season began on May 1, 2015. Visit our web page for details
Weekly Fishing Report
Need the latest fishing update?   View our weekly fishing reports.   Subscribe now to get your copy sent directly to your inbox.
Rainbow Fishway Open House
COME TAKE A TOUR OF THE RAINBOW FISHWAY- See migrating fish in the underground viewing window.

The open house is Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The public is invited to visit the fishway and learn about both it and the fish it passes. During this day, the public can tour the facility and are encouraged to go downstairs and check out the underground viewing window. Migratory fish species like shad, lamprey, and an occasional Atlantic salmon may be seen passing upstream. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. This is a GREAT ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES, and there is no fee.
Coming Soon
Free Fishing License Days: New this year are two free fishing license days, June 21 and August 15, 2015.  On each of these days, anyone can fish provided they have obtained a 1-day free fishing license.  

The free 1-day license for June 21, 2015 will be available starting May 31, 2015 and for the August 15 date starting on July 24, 2015 through our convenient online sportsmen licensing system (now mobile friendly!).  
May Catches


Kyle H. with his largest Rainbow Trout ever, 7 pounds- 4 ounces and 23 inches!  Great fish Kyle!

Kokanee Salmon
These beautiful fish were caught in West Hill Pond. Fishing for Kokanee can be a challenge- a great fish to try for if you are looking to expand your fishing techniques.  

Jonathan S. with a golden-rainbow trout (DEEP does not stock golden-rainbows) however, some golden-rainbow trout have been stocked by private clubs or individuals who obtain the appropriate stocking (liberation) permit from the Inland Fisheries Division. 
Free Fishing Day 2015
Over 1,200 people came out to Gay City State Park on May 9th to kick off the Great Park Pursuit and to take advantage of free fishing day.  The bite was on with sunfish, Black Crappie, and a jumbo Largemouth Bass captured. Congratulations to everyone who caught their first fish ever and with their new found love of fishing registered for the Youth Fishing Passport

We appreciate the Hammonasset and Thames Chapters of Trout Unlimited who pitched in to educate attendees on fly casting, fly tying, and aquatic ecology.  And the CARE certified fishing instructors who kept over 300 lines in the water- tangle free!

A huge thank you to our satellite events held in Wilton by the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Barkhamsted by Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and in Meriden by the Meriden Rod and Gun Club.
Trout Release Day 2015
Trout in the Classroom Programs Liberate Their Fish

Statewide schools participating in Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom program are releasing the trout they have raised in their classroom since the eggs hatched.  The Brown Trout (eggs provided by the Kensington State Fish Hatchery) are being released to local rivers and streams. Students have spent many hours caring for and learning about the needs of Brown Trout.  Good luck to all of the fry raised and released by these students.  Contact Ed Albrecht for more information about the Trout in the Classroom program.
Don't Let Your Pet Fish Go!
This fish was caught last week in Norwich.  It is an Oscar, which can be purchased at almost every store that sells aquarium fish.  The Oscar is usually purchased at a small size, about 2 inches or so and within a few years can outgrow many home aquariums.  With warmer temperatures it may be tempting to release your pet into the environment.  We would like to remind everyone that this is illegal. If you have a fish you no longer wish to keep, please give it to someone willing to care for it.   Get more information.
By purchasing a fishing license, you help to support conservation and improvement of Connecticut's fisheries.  Thank you!