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Where do you need a trout stamp?

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection recently posted a primer on the trout and salmon stamp on its Facebook page.

A trout and salmon stamp is only REQUIRED TO FISH in a 1. Trout Management Area (these are rivers and streams not lakes), 2. in a Trout Park (mostly ponds and a couple streams) 3. in the Designated Broodstock Salmon Areas on the Nauatuck River and Shetucket River, and finally 4. any Wild Trout Management Area.

If you are fishing anywhere else then you only NEED to have a trout and salmon stamp if you want TO KEEP trout. It is not needed if you are releasing all of the trout you catch or if you accidentally catch a trout while fishing for something else. This applies to most of the waters the  stock.

Visit the DEEP FAQ page for more scenarios at https://www.ct.gov/…/pu…/Trout_Stamp_Information_and_FAQ.pdf

Share your thoughts in salmon survey

The DEEP Fisheries Division is looking for your opinion, through a short survey, about the Catch and Release season for Broodstock Atlantic Salmon in within the Designated Areas on the Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers.
Click below to take the survey

DEEP names new Chief of Natural Resources

Rick Jacobson has been chosen as the next Bureau Chief for Natural Resources at DEEP. Rick takes over for Bill Hyatt, who retired in October.

Rick brings 37 years of natural resources management experience to the role of Bureau Chief. His entire professional career has been in public service and conservation. As the Director of Wildlife, and former Assistant Director of Inland Fisheries at DEEP, he has experience in the application of management principles in inland and marine fisheries, forestry, and wildlife conservation. Rick has a strong foundation in strategic planning, and leading scientific and professional staff.

He has a long track record of collaborating successfully with partners locally, regionally and nationally on complex natural resource conservation challenges. For example, he has played a key role in implementing the NE Cottontail initiative with five of the six New England states and New York, working closely with the federal government conservation agencies, academics, and DEEP staff to create explicit measurable objectives for the restoration of NE Cottontail.

He will officially assume this new role beginning January 4, 2019. The DEEP plans to post the Director of Wildlife position as soon as necessary approvals are obtained.

State reports strong saltwater fishing

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says tog fishing is strong in the Long Island Sound, with solid striper fishing in the Housatonic River and in Long Island Sound off local towns.

Click here to read this week’s fishing report.