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Fishing season opens early in Connecticut

The opening of the fishing season has come early in Connecticut.

Inland waters — many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams — statewide opened to fishing on Tuesday, thanks to an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont. The early opening helps to limit community spread of the COVID-19 virus by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional opening day: the second Saturday in April.

“During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of your immediate household, not as a group activity,” the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a statement.

DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, and stay home and away from others if they feel sick. If you arrive at a favorite fishing spot and see that crowds are forming, choose a different location, or return another day or time. 

Anglers are encouraged to purchase 2020 fishing licenses, Trout & Salmon Stamp, and Youth Fishing Passport online. For more information and links to purchase a license, visit

All of DEEP's 117 boat launches throughout the state remain open, although docks will not be in place yet.


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