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2018 Regulation Update:
From CT DEEP:
Inland Fisheries 2018 Regulation Update: Here is a very long post but gives you an update on today's events. In summary the proposed regulation package (including the trout and salmon stamp) was approved. It may take a few weeks to finish the process and for the new Regs to take effect.
The Fisheries regulations proposal that included a trout & salmon stamp was approved by the Legislature’s Regulation Review Committee (LRRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, 2/27. The new regulations will become effective once they are published on the eRegulations system by the Secretary of State’s office (SOTS). This will occur several days to a week or so after approval by LRRC as there are several additional steps required to formalize the regulations prior to posting by SOTS.
TROUT & SALMON STAMP
A $5.00 trout & salmon stamp is required for any angler 16 years of age and older fishing in a Trout Management Area (TMA), Wild Trout Management Area (WTMA), Trout Park, or Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Area; or keeping trout, Kokanee Salmon or broodstock Atlantic Salmon anywhere statewide.
FARMINGTON RIVER TMA
A small portion of the West Branch Farmington River in the Riverton area from the intersection of Hogback Road and Route 20 in Hartland downstream to the gas pipeline crossing approximately four-tenths miles downstream of the confluence with the Still River in Barkhamsted will now be closed to all fishing from April First to 6:00 am on the second Saturday in April.
MILL RIVER WTMA & MILL RIVER TMA (Easton-Fairfield)
The Mill River WTMA is extended downstream to the Merritt Parkway and the Mill River TMA is now catch-and-release year round.
FISHING SEASONS
Alexander Lake is open to fishing year round. Baldwins Pond and Green Falls Reservoir are open to fishing from 6:00 am Opening Day through the last day of February.
CATFISH
There is now a creel limit of 6 Channel Catfish and White Catfish in aggregate per day, except in Beaver Park Lagoon, Birge Pond, Bunnells Pond, Center Springs Park Pond, Freshwater Pond, Keeney Park Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Lakewood Lake, Mirror Lake, Picketts Pond, Rowans Pond, Mohegan Park Pond and Stanley Quarter Pond where the creel limit is 3 catfish per day.
COMMON CARP
There is now a creel limit of 5 common carp per day, with no more than 1 fish greater than 30 inches in length, except in Trophy Carp Waters.
TROPHY CARP WATERS
Batterson Park Pond, Connecticut River (including the portions of tributaries open year-round), Squantz Pond and West Thompson Reservoir are designated as Trophy Carp Waters with a one carp per day creel limit and a 26 inch maximum length for Common Carp.
METHODS
Tenkara fishing (a traditional Japanese methodof fly-fishing without a reel) is now allowed in fly fishing areas.
ATLANTIC SALMON BROODSTOCK AREAS
The period when broodstock salmon gear restriction applies to all species in broodstock areas is now from September 1 to March 31 (inclusive).


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my biggest worry is that my wife(when i die)will sell my fishing gear for what i said i paid for it
koos brandt
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Re: [tomc] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
Thanks for posting this info, so is the new trout and salmon stamp a good thing or bad?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
Just a way for Malloy to try and get tax money. They cut back on everything for sportsmen in CT. Just making the fisherman pay for their trout.


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Re: [gdn443] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
I was thinking that might be what it was all about. Just another tax in disguiseUnimpressed. It never seems to end with the politicians. Thanks for the info Gregg.


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Re: [wiperhunter2] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
actually it a good thing.all the money goes to the deep

Trout Stamp Summary: Thank you for all of the comments and questions to yesterday's post about our 2018 Inland Fishing Regulation updates. I hope I answered your question (there were lots). Here is a brief summary of the most often asked questions. We have an FAQ and brochure on our web page with lots of detail (A few highlights below).
1. Applies to everyone age 16 and up including age 65+
2. 100% of the funds come to Fish and Wildlife - not the general fund - see CTGS 26-15, 26-15a and 26-15b
3. It is an optional product (meaning not everyone will need to get it).
4. There is no physical stamp. It will be an add on to your license.
5. If you already bought a license you MAY need to add it.
6. It should be available via our license system in about 2 weeks
It is needed for either of these situations:
1. To FISH in a Trout Management Area, Wild Trout Management Area, Trout Park, or Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Area.
OR
2. If you wish to KEEP any trout or salmon from anywhere (except for places stocked at no expense to the state, like a fish and game club pond).
Trout management lakes and trophy trout areas are not included in the list of places where it is required. So, in Candlewood Lake (and others) you do not need a trout stamp to FISH, only to KEEP trout.


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my biggest worry is that my wife(when i die)will sell my fishing gear for what i said i paid for it
koos brandt
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Re: [tomc] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
Well that's not too bad then, I guess it makes those that want to keep the trout, actually pay for them. Are all the Trout in CT stocked or do some of them spawn in the streams?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
I would say,about 95 % is stocked,the other other 5 % does have spawning


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my biggest worry is that my wife(when i die)will sell my fishing gear for what i said i paid for it
koos brandt
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Re: [wiperhunter2] 2018 Regulation Update: In reply to
Every time I went for trout it was to keep them. Only fresh water fish I ate. Now if they put that tag on bass, wouldn't effect many people.


Fishemen will change the future! Your NC. moderator and sometime CT.

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