Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report, Sept. 10

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Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Inland report

Largemouth Bass fishing is reported as very good. Places to try include: Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake, Highland Lake, Black Pond (Middlefield), Lake Saltonstall, Pequonnock River, Mudge Pond, West Hill Pond, Quaddick Reservoir, Moodus Reservoir, Lake Lillinonah, Congamond Lakes, Bashan Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir,Hatch Pond, Winchester Lake, Halls Pond, Dog Pond, Bishop Pond, Stillwater Pond & Roseland Lake. Tournament angler reports are from Moodus Reservoir (slow, not many caught with a 1.25 lb lunker), Mansfield Hollow Reservoir (fair action, with a 6.13 lb lunker).

Smallmouth Bass action reported at Upper Housatonic River (excellent during the hot weather; the hotter the better; poppers were the lure of choice), Naugatuck River, Quinebaug River, Bantam Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Candlewood Lake, and Highland Lake. NORTHERN PIKE catches have been reported from Bantam Lake, Upper Housatonic River & Winchester Lake.

Panfish are providing good early September action. Use worms, grubs, jigs or small poppers for them. Areas to try include: Valley Falls Pond, Wood Creek Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Tollgate Pond, Tetreault Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mudge Pond, Crescent Lake, Morey Pond and Hatch Pond.

Trout – rivers and streams – The September heat wave was broken this week with a front coming through on Thursday and continuing into Friday. Conditions for trout fishing will be variable this weekend with rain associated with that front headed our way. The much needed rain forecasted for most of the state should bring streams to more typical levels for this time of year. (see stream flow graphic on page 4). Trout fishing was reported to be very good last week from the West Branch Farmington River and Housatonic River.

Save the date

On Saturday, Sept. 26, 10-4, the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources and the sporting community will be at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area celebrating the many benefits of hunting and fishing. Fun activities for all ages are planned, along with educational programs, a live raptor program by Talons, workshops about hunting and fishing, and live music.

Best of all, the event is free to attend.


Connecticut Free Fishing License day on Aug. 15

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, August 15, as the second of two “Free Fishing License” days scheduled for 2015.

As a result of Public Act 14-201, DEEP can designate up to two dates per year as a “Free Fishing License Day.” To fish on these days, anyone – resident or non-resident – can obtain a free one-day fishing license good for both the inland and marine districts through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system ( or at any venue that sells fishing licenses.

The designated “Free Fishing License” days are one of DEEP’s initiatives designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources.

“Studies have shown that people who are hesitant about trying fishing often cite the license fee as a primary reason. The intent of Free Fishing License Day is to encourage those considering fishing to give it a try for free,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP Deputy Commissioner. “We’re confident that as people try fishing, they’ll experience the many benefits fishing offers and will be hooked on the sport.”

“We know that once people try fishing and visit our many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound they will be amazed at how much they have been missing. Connecticut has just about every type of fishing within 25 miles of just about every resident,” said Peter Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “Whether one chooses trout, bass, pike, panfish, or saltwater species like striped bass, fluke, porgy or bluefish, we have it all.”

August 15, 2015 is also the Saltwater Fishing Day, held at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, sponsored by the No Child Left Inside Program and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program. Combining the annual saltwater fishing day with free fishing license day provides families the opportunity to plan an outing focused around fishing together as each family member 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license.

“We know many people would like to try saltwater fishing but may not know of an opportunity to do so. Coupling free fishing license day and the saltwater fishing day provides a great opportunity for the new or experienced angler to fish for marine species like bluefish, striped bass, scup, and blackfish.” said Deputy Commissioner Whalen.

There are also a number of other fishing opportunities now available for youngsters. For those 16 or 17 years of age, licenses for the entire season are 50% off of the regular adult price. Those who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same on-line system to obtain a “Youth Fishing Passport”. The “Youth Fishing Passport” provides access to two fishing related activities and a list of sponsors who are offering discounts or free items to passport holders. Visit for details.

Need to find a place to fish? Check out our listings of Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams, and Coastal Access points in the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide or call us at 860-424-FISH (3474). Anglers can also find fishing regulations in the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.

The Guide can be found online at and print versions are available at more than 350 locations statewide, including many town halls, bait & tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).

Additional fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at:, and on our social media channels; Facebook at and Twitter, or @CTFishinginfo.

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