Looking For Great Places to Catch Trout in Connecticut?

Ok, anglers, break out your fishing poles, lures, and hats, its time to cast your lines. Want some tips on the best places to fish for…saytrout or largemouth bass? Check out the lakes and rivers below where the fish are jumpin.

Candlewood Lake New Milford, CT
Trout season for this 5,064 acre lake is March 1- 31, but if like yellow perch, calico bass, white catfish, white perch, brown bullhead, or sunfish, the season begins the 3rd Saturday in April and ends March 31. Candlewood Lake map

Washining Lake, East Twin Lake Salisbury, CT
One of two lakes (the other is Washinee), this well-stocked lake offers trout, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, sunfish, brown bullhead, calico bass, and kokanee. Season begins the 3rd Saturday in April and ends the last day in February.

Bantam Lake Bantam, CT
The largest natural lake in Connecticut has Northern pike by the boatload, as well as small and largemouth bass, calico bass, sunfish, and yellow perch. For Northern pike, the season is from May 1 November 30; year round fishing for everything else. Lake map

West Hill Pond New Hartford/Barkhamsted, CT
This 261 acre deep pond with clear water offers trout, kokanee, small and largemouth bass, sunfish, rainbow smelt, and yellow perch. Trout season is March 1 31, for all others the season starts the 3rd Saturday in April through March 31.

Farmington River (West branch)
This river overflows with brook, brown and rainbow trout, especially from Hogback Dam to the Still River by Riverton. The numbers are high and trout size is large in this area. Try hitting the area from Route 219S to Collinsville where trout lurk in pocket pools. Fishing map

Housatonic River, Southwest branch
The popular area for fishing in the Housy begins in West Cornwall near the Trout Management Area around Routes 112 and 7, and ends at the Route 4 bridge. A few good pools to angle in along this 10.4 mile stretch are The Elms and Garbage Hole.

If you want to know daily catch limits for any of the fish mentioned above, check out the DEP Marine brochure.

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