Changes to Inland Fishing Regulations for 2018
Farmington River: A small portion of the West Branch Farmington River in the Riverton area (from the intersection of Hogback Road and Route 20 downstream to the gas pipeline crossing)
is closed to all fishing from April 1 until 6:00 am on Opening Day.
Mill River (Fairfield): The Mill River Wild Trout Management Area (Class 1)
is now extended downstream to the crossing with the Merritt Parkway. The Mill River TMA below this crossing is now catch-and-release year round.
Catfish Daily Limits:
There is now a 6 fish per day limit on Channel Catfish and White Catfish in aggregate. There is a 3 fish per day limit in places where the Fisheries Division stocks adult Channel Catfish.
Previously there was no daily limit.
There is now a daily limit of 5 fish per day with no more than 1 fish over 30 inches in length, except in the NEW Trophy Common Carp Waters.
Previously there was no daily limit or size limit.
Several waters are now designated as "Trophy Carp Waters" with a 1 fish per day limit and a MAXIMUM size of 26 inches (all fish over 26 inches must be released without avoidable injury). Previously there were no Trophy Carp Waters.
Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas:
The period when broodstock salmon gear restrictions (see Angler's Guide) are effective has been extended one month and is now September 1 to March 31 (inclusive). These gear restrictions apply to all angling for any species within the designated areas.
Tenkara Fishing: Tenkara fishing is now allowed in all fly fishing areas.
Is now open to fishing year round.
Pasture Pond (Quinebaug Hatchery Pond):
Is now designated as a Trout Park.
Baldwins Pond and Green Falls Reservoir:
Now open to fishing from 6:00 am on the Second Saturday of April through the last day of February.
Trout and Salmon Stamp: See special section below.