About Connecticut's Fishing Licenses
A fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older. Read on to find out which license is the best fit for you and where you can purchase one. 100% of the revenue generated from fishing licenses supports the management and conservation of Connecticut’s natural resources. Fishing Fuels Conservation.
Where to Buy:
Types of Fishing Licenses:
There are several licenses available for residents and nonresidents. All licenses are valid for the calendar year and expire on December 31. See details on all licenses.
Most Popular Licenses:
- All Waters: All-purpose license perfect for fishing in both fresh and saltwater (inland and marine) with one license. You never have to worry about having the right license.
- Inland Only: Perfect for those who fish freshwater exclusively. This license is free for CT residents who are age 65 or older.
- Marine Only: Perfect for those who fish saltwater exclusively. This license is free for CT residents who are age 65 or older.
- Trout and Salmon Stamp: an optional product to add to your fishing license. It is required for all anglers over the age of 16 who:
1.) Keep (harvest) trout or salmon, and/or
2.) Fish in waters under one of these four designations; Trout Management Area, Wild Trout Management Area, Trout Park, or Atlantic Salmon Management Area. Learn more about the Trout and Salmon Stamp.
Short Duration Licenses:
Just in town for a day or three? Non-residents have the option to get a 3 consecutive day license (separate license for freshwater and for saltwater).
License Reciprocity: If you are a resident of the state of Maine, Massachusetts, New York, or Rhode Island, your saltwater license is valid for Connecticut's marine district.
Other Common Licenses:
- Combination Licenses: There are several licenses available that combine fishing and hunting at discounted rate compared to buying them individually.
- Discounted Licenses: Connecticut residents age 16 or 17 can purchase any fishing license at a 50% discounted rate. There is no discount for non-residents.
- Free Fishing License Days: Each year two dates are designated as a “free fishing license day”. Anyone can get a free 1-day all waters fishing license. All other fishing regulations remain in effect.
- Active Duty Armed Forces: Those currently serving our country and are stationed in Connecticut are eligible to receive the licenses at the resident rate.
- Free Licenses: Age 65+ can receive a free license for inland waters and marine waters. Free licenses are also available, with appropriate documentation, for people who are blind, intellectually disabled (public act 11-16), or have lost the permanent use of a limb.
For Young Anglers: While not a fishing license, to include our youngest and budding anglers, Connecticut has the FREE Youth Fishing Passport.
For High School Teachers: A fishing license waiver can be granted to all students participating in a fishing field trip, provided the field trip is part of the school curriculum (call 860-424-3474 for details).
Content last updated July 2020