Number of Fish Species (freshwater): 64
Number of Fish Species (saltwater): 137
State Sportfish: American Shad
Notable Records: A 9lb 4oz. American shad from the Connecticut River, a 12lb 14oz. largemouth bass from Mashapaug Lake, a 50lb 14oz. striped bass from offshore, an offshore tautog weighing 21lb 8oz.
Fishing License Info:
Quickcast: Amongst the inland or freshwater lakes and streams one will find 11 areas that have been designated as Trout Parks. Connecticut puts a lot of effort into their trout stocking program by stocking brook trout, brown, rainbow, tiger trout as well as Atlantic salmon, northern pike, walleye, kokanee and channel catfish. Get out there and take advantage of what Connecticut’s inland fishing has to offer. Expect to scare up some largemouth, smallmouth, pike, chain pickerel and panfish in most lakes and ponds. The Connecticut River is a good place to pull out stripers, pike, bass and carp. The rivers, streams and most ponds are going to be excellent spots for trout, as well. Going offshore, most anglers are after stripers, bluefish, summer flounder, scup and black seabass whereas on the reefs people target snappers and bonito.