Fishing Regulations | Reglamentos de Pesca

Freshwater Regulations (Digital Fishing Guide)

Saltwater Regulations (Digital Fishing Guide)

Helpful links for Fishing rules and regulations

2023 Fishing Guide is available for download here.

The Fisheries Division has partnered with FishBrain, the world's largest fishing app. This partnership allows CT to have the fishing regulations served up to app users for FREE! Download the app. Please feel free to download the most recent version as indicated by the date on the cover of the fishing guide. The Fisheries Division will be printing and distributing a limited number of copies to fishing license vendors as soon as the saltwater species regulations are finalized, which typically happens in mid-March. Direct your questions to

A guide to the timing for required catch and release of trout is available for view/download.

As a reminder this guide is provided as a simple summary of fishing regulations and definitions. The official version are on the web page for the Secretary of State

Digital Freshwater Fishing Guide and changes to the inland regulations effective December 27, 2022

Digital Saltwater Fishing Guide and our simple one page overview


DEEP Laws and Regulations - Main Page 

Commissioner Declarations

Striped Bass and Inline Circle Hooks - New Rule and Updates  

Additional useful links

General information

Aquatic Invasive Species 

Fish Consumption Advisory (Department of Public Health)

Trophy Fish Award Program

Tips for Better Catch and Release

Freshwater Fishing 

Frequently Asked Questions

State Record Freshwater Fish

Fisheries Management Programs

Migratory Fish Management

Community Fishing Opportunities

Fishing access for those facing physical challenges

Freshwater Fishing Playlist (YouTube)

Learn to Fish with CARE; Fishing Instruction Playlist (YouTube)


Saltwater Recreational Fishing

State Record Saltwater Fish

Marine Fishing License Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Crab Fact Sheet


Fishing in Coastal State Parks

Volunteer Angler Survey (Marine)

Saltwater Resource Map

Enhanced Shoreline Fishing Opportunity Sites

How to Catch Saltwater Fish


Saltwater Commercial Fishing

Current Commercial Fishery Possession Limits

Commercial Fishing Information Circular

Contents updated March 2023