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Trout Fishing Season Open

Posted on March 5, 2021


As a member of the legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, I was pleased to see the Governor’s announcement today that the trout fishing season has been opened up early in Connecticut.

It is important to note, however, that not every water in Connecticut is stocked with trout yet, so depending where you live, it may be too early to catch anything. It will take time to stock these waters, so please be patient.

The Fisheries Division of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued the following guidelines for open trout fishing starting today:

Trout Parks

Can harvest 2 (two) trout per day

Trout Management Areas (Rivers/Streams)

Catch and Release until April 10, 2021. Please refer to the respective TMA for rules effective on April 10, 2021 and beyond.

Trout Management Lakes

One fish per day, 16″ minimum length until March 31, 2021, then 5 fish per day

Trophy Trout Areas

2 fish per day (can harvest effective March 4, 2021)

Wild Trout Management Areas

  • Class 2 – 2 trout per day, 12 inch minimum length (can harvest effective March 4, 2021)
  • Class 3 – 5 trout per day, 9 inch minimum length (can harvest effective March 4, 2021)

For regular updates on trout season in Connecticut, refer to DEEP’s ‘CT Fishing’ web portal or their Facebook page.