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Latest Bites - September 2018
Channel Catfisher?  If you love to fish for Channel Cats we need to hear from you.  Please take our survey to support management of this awesome fishery.

Free "Learn to Fish" classes coming up in early September in Cromwell, Killingworth, and Bristol.  "FLY FISHING 101" class being offered in Killingworth on September 8th. Get details for all these and our FREE fishing programs.
Blackfish (Tautog) The summer "TOG" season closed on August 31, 2018.  Opening Day for the popular fall season is October 10, 2018.

2018 MARINE FISH regulations have changed for Fluke (Summer Flounder), Tautog (Blackfish), Black Sea Bass, and Scup (Porgy) from 2017.  View the changes and see the section below.

Looking to go saltwater fishing?  Check out the saltwater fishing resource map.

Fall Trout Stocking will begin soon.  We stock Trout Management Areas and Trout Parks.  Get our stocking news on Facebook, the interactive Trout Stocking Map, or our Current Stocking Report.

A Spanish version of the Angler's Guide is now available .

Weekly Fishing Reports - get the latest on what's hot and what's not served directly to your finger tips.  Opt-In at DEEP Newsletter Subscriptions.
Discover Outdoor Connecticut 
Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm for FREE Discover Outdoor Connecticut.  

Where: Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32, North Franklin (directions) Parking will be on-site.

This fun-filled event explores Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions, with live animals, demonstrations, archery, fish casting, fly tying, shooting clays, kid's activities, outdoor skills, a photo contest and more. 

Bring a picnic lunch and stay for a few hours or the whole day!
We are fishing for your great Angler's Guide cover shot.  If you have a high resolution picture that represents fishing in Connecticut, email your entry to  ATTN: cover shot.  All details about the contest, including the entry form are online.  
This Month's Mystery Fish
Email your guess to 
Fish Finder
Our Fish Community Data Viewer lists the types of fish that DEEP has observed during our routine monitoring of rivers/streams and lakes/ponds.  Search by town, waterbody, or fish species (see "mystery fish revealed", below for an example).  Questions or comments on the viewer can be directed to  
Changes to Marine Fishing Regulations for 2018

Black Sea Bass:  Details available online.  General Anglers15 inch minimum  length.  Five fish per day May 19 -December 31.  Party/Charter Boats - 15 inch minimum length.  Five fish per day from May 19 - August 31; then 7 fish per day from September 1 - December 31.

Porgy (Scup):  New - 9 inch minimum length except at Enhanced Opportunity Shoreline Locations  where the minimum length is 8 inches . Daily limit remains 30 per person.
Summer Flounder (Fluke): New the daily creel limit is 4 fish
and the season has changed to  May 4 - September 30.  Minimum lengths  remain the same as they were in 2017, 1 9 inches everywhere except at Enhanced Opportunity Shoreline Locations where the minimum length is 17 inches.

Blackfish (Tautog): New3 fish per day creel limit during October 10 to November 28.  No change to the size of 16 inches for any season and no change in the daily limit for the Spring and Summer Seasons.

The Trout and Salmon Stamp
With approval by the Legislative Regulations Review Committee on February 27, 2018, Connecticut now has a Trout and Salmon Stamp.  100% of the money invested in this stamp is guaranteed to support fisheries programs.  Please visit our FAQ page or email with questions.  A summary is provided below.

Anyone age 16 or older including everyone who is age 65 or older who chooses to do one or both of the following must purchase a trout and salmon stamp:

1. FISH in one of the following areas:  Trout Park, Trout Management Area, Wild Trout Management Area, or a Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Area.

2. HARVEST (keep) trout, Kokanee Salmon, or Atlantic Salmon anywhere in the state (except for waters stocked at no expense to the state).

The fee is $5.00 for age 18 and older and $3.00 for those 16-17.  The stamp is good for the calendar year (expires on December 31).

The Trout and Salmon Stamp will print on your fishing license as an additional privilege.
Mystery Fish Revealed
Last month's  Mystery Fish  was the Creek Chubsucker (Erimyzon oblongus).  A native species to Connecticut, the Creek Chubsucker is one of the lesser known species.  It is a a true "sucker" (family Catastomidae)  and related to the more commonly encountered White Sucker ( Catostomus commersonii ).  The Creekchub Sucker prefers slow-moving waters and rivers, streams, lakes and ponds with clear water and aquatic vegetation.  They primarily feed on decaying plant material and aquatic invertebrates (insects, clams, worms).  This fish is rarely caught by anglers due to the combination of its feeding habits and smaller size (usually does not grow much larger than 10-12 inches).
Based on data collected by the DEEP's Fisheries program and the Water Quality Monitoring program, the Creek Chubsucker is primarily found in Southeastern Connecticut.  There are occasional occurrences in central and western parts of the state.  To see a map like this for your favorite type of fish or to see what fish have been found in your town, please visit our fish community data viewer.    
All Things Fishing 
We have fishing covered in the new "Connecticut is Fishy" application. Within a 60 minute drive you can be fly fishing the famed Housatonic River or Farmington River, catching monster Northern Pike in Bantam Lake, jumbo Common Carp from the Connecticut River, or on Long Island Sound fishing for tasty favorites like fluke, porgy, sea bass, and bluefish.
The "Connecticut is Fishy" application is a cross between an atlas, our Angler's Guide, our fishing web pages, and interactive maps. We know you will be hooked.
License Fees Fund Hunting and Fishing Programs

100%  of the fees collected from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits, and stamps goes to support fish and wildlife conservation, preservation, and recreation programs administered by the Bureau of Natural Resources (Connecticut General Statutes 26-15, 20-15(a), 26-15 (b)). 

Each time you purchase a license your contribution goes to support hunting, fishing, and open space right here in CT. 

So, the next time you see a bald eagle, harvest a white-tail, pheasant, or turkey, or catch a brown trout or striped bass, give yourself and your fellow sportsmen a pat on the back!

You are making a difference and we thank you for your support!
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