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THANK YOU ANGLERS for Your Support
Save the Date!   DEEP's Hunting and Fishing Day annual celebration will be hosted at Cabela's in East Hartford on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Lots of great activities and fun for experts and newbies alike.  See you there!

2017 Fishing Licenses:  Licenses for the 2017 season are available through our on-line system (mobile friendly).  100% of your investment in the license goes to support Connecticut's fish and wildlife.  A great way for you to show your support for CT's natural resources!

Know Where and When to Go by subscribing to the Weekly Fishing Report, which is delivered right to your fingertips each week.  Subscribe for electronic delivery through the DEEP e-newsletter subscription

Thermal Refuges: Anglers are reminded that the thermal refuge areas on the Housatonic, Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers are closed to fishing. These areas will reopen on September 15. There is no fishing within 100 feet of signs indicating such closure at or near the mouths of tributaries to these rivers. 

2017 MARINE FISH:  Regulations   for Black Sea Bass, as they apply to recreational anglers, WILL NOT change in 2017.   The regulation for recreational anglers of 5 fish per angler per day with a minimum size of 15 inches (Season of May 1 to December 31) will remain in effect. Good luck!

The regulation for Summer Flounder (Fluke) is now a daily limit of 3 fish and minimum size is 19 inches (changed from 2016).  Summer Flounder season closes on September 21, 2017.

Tautog (Blackfish) Season is Closed:
Anglers are reminded that the season for Tautog (Blackfish) closed on August 31 and will re-open for the popular fall season on October 10, 2017.
Next Cover Shot
Are You Cover Material?

Have you got the next cover shot?  We are accepting high quality and high resolution photos for the 2018 Angler's Guide Cover Contest (details).  Email your entries to and good luck!  

Deadline for submission is November 1.

This Month's Mystery Fish
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Fall Trout Stocking
Fall trout stocking plans are in the works (the Housatonic River Trout Management Areas and Farmington River Trout Management Area [New Hartford to Unionville]) were just stocked.  Follow us on Facebook for daily stocking posts and check to see how many days since each water was last stocked with our interactive trout stocking map.
New Interactive Fishing Resource
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.
Mystery Fish Revealed
Last month's  Mystery Fish was the White Perch (Morone americana).  Not actually a perch (family Percidae) but a temperate bass (family Moronidae) like a Striped Bass.  

The White Perch is a native esturarine fish found in many of our tidal rivers and esturaries.  Very tolerant of a wide range of salinity, including both fresh and saltwater, the White Perch has been widely introduced into many lakes and ponds where they can be extremely abundant.  This abundance can actually be at the detriment to the resource as a whole.  As such, there is no size or daily limit for White Perch in lakes and ponds in the inland district and in any river/stream that is not tidal. However, there is a 7 inch minimum length and 30 fish daily limit in marine district, tidal rivers, and Connecticut River.

White Perch are a very tasty fish and can be easily captured using a wide variety of baits and small lures.  There is no closed season on White Perch.  
Snapper Bluefish Time!
"Snapper" blues are a juvenile bluefish that are invading your local tidal streams, estuaries, beaches, and jetties! These feisty fish were born just a few months ago and range from 6-9" by September.  Don't be fooled by their size as they are equipped with needle sharp teeth and are veracious predators.
Snapper bluefish can be caught by casting and retrieving a traditional "snapper popper" or any small flashy lure that mimics a baitfish (kastmasters work great). A "tried and true" snapper spot is the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier in Old Lyme, but any ENHANCED SHORELINE FISHING AREA should produce some snappers.
Snappers are very good eating as well! Simply gut and scale them, roll in flour, salt and pepper to taste, and right into some hot oil until golden brown.
The daily limit for bluefish, including snappers, is 10 fish per angler and there is no size limit.
Learn to Fish for FREE

The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program has a schedule of our free learn to fish classes on our web site.  Classes are open to families and kids ages 9 and up who are interested in learning the basics of fishing.  Classes are continually being added to the schedule so check back often.

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!

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