Fishing Season Opened Early


Fishing Season Opened Early in Public Waters to Encourage Social Distancing

Governor Ned Lamont issued an Executive Order opening many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams to fishing statewide.  The Governor believes that opening the fishing season early helps to limit community spread of COVID-19, by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April.

DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices.  Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, and stay home and away from others if you 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, through the mobile friendly site or access via the main fishing web page.  Over the coming days, DEEP will be promoting these social distancing practices through social media and other outreach efforts.

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