Connecticut has over 1,000 rivers and streams, and more than 700 lakes, and many different fish species, you’re promised a good catch no matter where you go. Some of you may be worried you might break one of their rules and regulations regarding their fishing license, or you might be wondering if you even need a fishing license. You’re in luck, because that’s the entire topic of this article.

Connecticut Fishing Regulations

The State of Connecticut states:

  • You may not use more than three lines, with or without rods, at one time (there are some exceptions in the fine print)
  • Any animal, or their parts, living or dead, may be used as bait if used with a hook for the purpose of attracting and catching fish
  • Barbless hooks may be single, double or treble, and each point must be without a barb
  • You may not use cast nets in inland waters
  • In the Inland District, fishing is limited to angling, bow and arrow fishing, bobbing, ice fishing, snagging or snatching, spearing, scoop netting, and taking fish by hand

Fishing License Period

Connecticut fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Extra Licensing Fees

Connecticut requires a special stamp to fish for trout and salmon.

Free or Reduced Fee Connecticut Fishing Licenses

The State of Connecticut offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for:

  • Connecticut residents who have an intellectual disability
  • Connecticut residents who have a physical disability
  • Connecticut residents who are blind
  • Connecticut residents 65 years of age or older

Connecticut Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

Good news for all you fishermen under the age of 16, whether you’re a Connecticut resident or not, you aren’t required to have a fishing license.

Buy a Connecticut Fishing License