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Latest Bites - November 2018
Blackfish (Tautog)  the fall "TOG" season is open until November 28, 2018.  Three fish per person per day with minimum size of 16 inches.

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

Fall Trout Fishing is Fantastic right now!  We have completed fall stocking in most Trout Management Areas, Trout Management Lakes, and Trout Parks.  Over 50,000 trout were stocked this fall.  Get our stocking news on Facebook , the interactive Trout Stocking Ma p, or our Current Stocking Report.

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.
Kokanee Salmon
We have completed the collection of spawn-ready Kokanee salmon from West Hill Pond and East Twin Lake.  About 700 fish were collected and will be used to generate several hundred thousand fry (recently hatched fish) that will be stocked back into each of the donor lakes and Beach Pond (attempting to establish a fishery).  Kokanee Salmon are a landlocked version of the Sockeye Salmon found on the Pacific coast.
Atlantic Salmon Stocking
We have completed the first round of stocking of our surplus Atlantic Salmon.  Each fall the salmon being raised at the Kensington State Fish Hatchery are screened by staff.  The first group to be stocked are 2 year old salmon that are considered to be "barren".  Barren fish are those which will not produce or only produce very limited number of eggs or milt (sperm).  

All non-barren fish are held for spawning later in November or early December.  After these fish are spawned, a second round of stocking (mostly of fish 3-4 years old) occurs.

Details of our Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Fishery can be found on page 28 of the 2018 Anglers Guide.
This Month's Mystery Fish
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The Next State Record Walleye
We have completed our annual Walleye fingerling stocking.  Fingerling Walleye are purchased from a commercial vendor in Minnesota (Walleye country) and stocked into our Walleye Management Lakes.  While the fish may seem small, they will spend a few years growing like crazy and have a better chance of being the next state record Walleye (than fish stocked as fry).  This annual stocking is critical to support the fishery as, to date, DEEP has not been able to detect any natural reproduction in our Walleye Management Lakes.  
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 Banded Rudderfish (Seriola zonata).  The Banded Rudderfish can be found along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to Brazil.  The rudderfish is a type of "jack" (Family Carangidae).  Adult rudderfish usually remain offshore.  The juvenile (pictured here) venture much closer to shore and are occasionally caught.  The name is derived from the dark vertical bands found on juvenile fish (adults lose the banding). 
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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