Connecticut's Fisheries Division has posted proposed changes to the inland fishing regulations and is seeking public comment until 4:00 pm on December 15, 2020. A public hearing will be held via the ZOOM virtual conference platform on December 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm.
Register for the public hearing HERE.
View the changes on our web page or online via the eRegulations system on the Secretary of State’s website. The case number is PR2020-015.
Written comments should be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on December 15, 2020. Based on public comment, the proposed regulations may be adjusted to meet the objective of the proposal. Comments may be submitted using one of the following methods:
· Online via the eRegulations system on the Secretary of State’s website. Go to “Open for Public comment”, select this regulation and follow instructions for submitting comments.
· By mail or delivery service to Bill Foreman at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT, 06106-5127.
Simple Summary of the Proposed Changes for additional documentation and detail please visit the eRegulations system on the Secretary of State’s website
2020 INLAND FISHERIES REGULATION PROPOSALS (as of 11-9-2020)
Sec. 1. Amends Section 26-112-43. Definitions and restrictions.
· Updates bow & arrow fishing regulations.
· Makes clarifying change to creel limit definition (change “angler” to “individual”).
Sec. 2. Amends Section 26-112-44. Closed seasons.
· Adds a closed season to Black Rock Pond and Walkers Reservoir.
· To conform with section 5, Black Pond (Woodstock) and Mohawk Pond are removed from the list of lakes & ponds with a closed season from the last day of February to Opening Day
Sec. 3. Amends Section 26-112-45. Species limitations.
· Revise Carp regulations as per legislative intent (see CGS sec. 26-128).
· Include tiger muskie with Northern Pike.
· Add Colony Pond (Ansonia), Crescent Lake (Southington) and Rogers Park Pond (Danbury) to the list of 3 catfish per day creel limit lakes & ponds.
Sec. 4. Amends Section 26-112-46. Special Management Areas.
· Under subsection (c). Trout Management Areas (TMA). Corrects spelling of Merriebrook Lane (currently spelled “Merrybrook”) in the Mianus River TMA listing.
· Under subsection (d). Trout Management Lakes. Black Pond (Woodstock) and Mohawk Pond are added to the list of Trout Management Lakes and managed for Brook Trout.
· Under subsection (g). Wild Trout Management Areas. The designation of the Session Woods Wild Trout Management Area (WTMA) is changed from class 3 to class 1 and the name of the stream in this WTMA is updated.
· Under subsection (h). Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas. Changes designation to “Atlantic Salmon Management Areas” to better reflect current management goals.
· Under subsection (l). Trophy Carp Waters. Revise per legislative intent.
Sec. 5. Repeals Sections 26-112-24 (Closed seasons) and 26-112-47 (State-controlled fishing areas).
· 26-112-24: Eliminates outdated provisions concerning a statewide closed season.
· 26-112-47: Eliminates outdated provisions concerning the now defunct Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery Public Fishing Ponds.