DEEP: Fishing

Fishing - Share the Experience

{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. 


December 5, 2016
A meeting of seafood dealers and commercial fishermen holding quota managed species endorsement letter has been scheduled at DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme. (N16-29)
Meeting to be held December 8, 2016


December 5, 2016
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, December 4, 2016, there will be the following changes: the commercial landing limit for summer flounder will be 600 pounds per week, the commercial landing limit for black sea bass will be 300 pounds per week, and the commercial fishery for smooth dogfish reopens. (N16-28)

December 1, 2016
The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting public hearings of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on the PID for Draft Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan and Draft Addendum II to the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan. (N16-27)
Public Hearing to be held December 14, 2016

November 10, 2016
Effective 0001 hours, Sunday, November 13, 2016, the black sea bass commercial fishery will reopen with a possession limit of 10 fish. (N16-25)

October 5, 2016
The Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish prohibits removing any fins from these fish at-sea. This requirement is consistent with federal law under the Shark Finning Prohibition Act which was signed into law in 2000.

September 29, 2016
Nonprofit community organizations interested in collaborating with DEEP Fisheries should check out this opportunity (deadline: 10/31/2016). See Guidelines and Application for more information.

September 1, 2016
The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education Program (CARE) is pleased to announce new educational fishing brochures (inland and marine) in both English and Spanish.

Los folletos de la pesca en aguas dulces y aguas saladas fuerón traducidos al español para la distribución a la comunidad hispana residente en Connecticut.  El objetivo de los folletos de pesca en español es para ayudar a fomentar, aumentar, y promover la participación hispana en esta actividad.

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 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 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.”

Content last updated April 18, 2016