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Latest Bites - August 2018
2018 MARINE FISH  regulations   have changed for Fluke (Summer Flounder), Tautog (Blackfish), Black Sea Bass, and Scup (Porgy) this year.  View the changes on our webpage and see the section below.

The summer Blackfish Season closes on August 31, 2018.  The fall season opens on October 10, 2018.

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

The Spanish version of the Angler's Guide is now online .

Free Fishing License Day - Round 2! The second free fishing license day will be August 11, 2018.  Anyone can fish for free by getting the FREE 1-day license online or wherever licenses are sold.

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.
SALTWATER FISHING DAY
The annual DEEP Saltwater Fishing Day will be at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm.  All are encouraged to stop down as our state certified fishing instructors will be on hand to provide one-on-one support.  We will have bait and equipment available FREE for use on the pier.  A free 1-day fishing license is required and available online for this event.
SALTWATER FISHING - LOTS OF OPTIONS
The Long Island Sound is an incredible resource with lots of opportunity to spend quality time on or in the water.  To help you with your adventures, we have created an interactive Saltwater Fishing Resource Map.  The map has information about where to fish, crab, buy a fishing license, and charter a deep sea fishing trip.  We hope you enjoy!
CONNECTICUT RIVER FISHING - SIMPLY AWESOME
The Connecticut River is a true hidden gem with a diversity of fish species that is hard to beat.  One one outing you can land Striped Bass, Common Carp, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, and Bowfin - all over 24 inches (and in somecases well over).  No other waterbody in Connecticut can boast such a large number of big fish species!  Photos courtesy of J. Punty.
COVER SHOTS NEEDED
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 deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov  ATTN: cover shot.  All details about the contest, including the entry form are online.  
This Month's Mystery Fish
Email your guess to DEEP.inland.fisheries@ct.gov 
TROUT COOLING CENTERS 
Summer can be a very difficult time for trout here in Connecticut.  Many of our waters warm well into the stressful and often deadly range.  To beat the heat, trout will seek out places where groundwater and cold tributaries enter.  In some of the more critical places like the Housatonic River, Naugatuck River, Shetucket River these areas are closed to fishing from June 15 to September 15 each year.  Please do not disturb the trout seeking refuge.  Even walking along the bank can cause the fish to scatter back out into the main channel where the water temperatures can have significant consequences.  
The Angler's Guide is now available in Espanol.  
2018 Youth Fishing Passports Available NOW!
The Youth Fishing Passport program (FREE) is your ticket to great family memories.  Check out the two activities, the Fishing Challenge and Geo-Catching as well as the list of sponsors who graciously support our young anglers with discounts and/or free items.  Renew or join today using DEEP's sportsmen licensing system!
Youth Fishing Passport
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 everywhere 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 deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov 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 a Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus).  The Green Sunfish is native to the the central United States and have been introduced to Connecticut (unknown when).  The majority of the Green Sunfish are in eastern Connecticut where they prefer slower sections of rivers and streams as well as lakes and ponds.  The Green Sunfish are very aggressive and have a bit larger mouth than other sunfish, and as a result are often caught by anglers (like below).
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.
Join Us on FishBrain

We are pleased to be on FishBrain, the most popular social media app for anglers. FishBrain is a free download for iphone and android. Users take advantage of the free angling support features (or elect to subscribe for premium features).  Follow CTDEEPFish and we will follow you back!

 
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!



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