DEEP: Fishing

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{BNR 150th Anniversary Logo} NEW! Join us in celebrating 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut! Throughout 2016, we will look back at our history and also look ahead to the future of natural resources in our state. Follow along with the celebration and participate in special events to be held year-long. Check out our historical timeline: Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years.
Division News - Quarterly reports from the Inland Fisheries and Marine Fisheries Divisions. 


August 25, 2016
This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the ASMFC American Lobster Fishery Management Plan which was approved in November 2011. (N16-18)

August 24, 2016
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 28, 2016, the summer flounder commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced from 100 pounds to 50 pounds. (N16-17)

August 23, 2016
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, August 7, 2016, the smooth dogfish commercial fishery possession limit will be reduced to zero pounds. (N16-15) 

June 22, 2016
The final Free Fishing License Day" for 2016 is Saturday, August 13th.  To fish on that day, anyone can obtain a free one-day fishing license good for both the inland and marine districts, a perfect time to “try before you buy.”  The CARE Program will host a saltwater fishing event at Fort Trumbull State Park, New London, from 10 am to 3 pm. All the equipment and bait will be provided, you provide the enthusiasm and smiles. The free 1-day license will be available through our mobile friendly system starting on July 27, 2016.

June 15, 2016
Notice to Recreational Fishermen
Anglers are advised that the state of Rhode Island has adopted the following regulations pertaining to striped bass. These regulations apply to all Rhode Island state lands and waters including the waters around Block Island:
“Any person recreationally harvesting a striped bass thirty-four (34) inches or larger shall at the time of harvest have the right pectoral fin removed at a point as close to the body of the fish as possible.”

May 24, 2016
Featured are several CT State Record photos, a spring carp fishing article and angler shared photos of spring fishing trips.

April 26, 2016
DEEP Seeking Public Input on
Barn Island WMA Management Assessment Report

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division is seeking public input on a Management Assessment Report prepared by Connecticut College for DEEP’s Barn Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Stonington. At just over 1,000 acres, Barn Island is Connecticut’s largest, most diverse, and ecologically significant coastal wildlife management area. The report, which is entitled, Management Assessment Report – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington, Connecticut, can be found on the DEEP website at

April 14, 2016
Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program
Reporting cards & Tags available Wednesday, April 20th.  The Bonus Striped Bass Program will run from May 1 through December 31 in 2016. DEEP will distribute TWO Harvest Tags and Harvest Report Cards per license holder this year. The tag must be securely affixed to the jaw of the fish immediately upon harvest and must remain on the fish until you arrive home.

April 8, 2016
Notice to Fixed Gear Fishermen
A survey to determine the locations of documented and reported historic shipwrecks is planned for April, May and June in discrete near shore waters near Stamford, Bridgeport and New London using towed side scan sonar and marine magnetometers.

Content last updated April 18, 2016