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Fishing Challenge

This activity invites you to try and catch at least one of every type of fish listed on the Fishing Challenge Scorecard.

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The Fishing Challenge is a fun filled year-long activity where budding anglers are "challenged" to catch as many of the fish listed on the Fishing Challenge Scorecard. Catching a large fish may qualify you for a Trophy Fish Award.

To learn more about how to catch any of the fish listed on the scorecard visit the corresponding link below.

Atlantic SalmonBlackfish (Tautog)BluefishBluegillBrook TroutBrown BullheadBrown TroutCarpChain PickerelChannel CatfishFlukeKokanee SalmonLargemouth BassNorthern PikeRainbow TroutPumpkinseedSmallmouth BassStriped BassWalleye, and Yellow Perch.

Blue crab are also included as one of the animals to catch!

Additional Connecticut specific details about many of these fish can be found in the online version of Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut.

To enter your catch:

  • Take a photo showing the fish and YOUth angler. (The fish should be next to a ruler to show its length if you think it may qualify for a Trophy Fish Award).

  • Email your photo and Conservation ID number to:

The Fisheries Division will keep a record of each angler's catches.  The top four anglers (with the most number of fish from the scorecard) will be will a prize pack filled with great fishing gifts and be invited to the annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony held each February.


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Please contact the Fisheries Division with any questions. 

Phone: 860-424-FISH (3474)

Content last updated June 2020