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New regulations, stamp still pending

Fishing licenses expire on Dec. 31. New licenses are needed as of Jan. 1 each year.

With changes in regulations, including requiring the purchase of a trout stamp, still pending, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection posted this update.

2018 Inland Fishing Regulation Update: As we ring in 2018, just a simple update to let you know that the proposed changes for the Inland Fishing Regulations (including the Trout Stamp) do not take effect on January 1, 2018.

They do not take effect until formal approval by the Legislative Regulations Review Committee (possibly during their January meeting). We will keep you informed.

To take advantage of the Atlantic salmon stocking in the Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers and for ice fishing your favorite lake or pond (which is quickly taking shape with this cold snap), buy your license now and add the trout stamp (if you desire) after it becomes available (late January or early February).

New regulations also include reclassification of portions of the Mill River in Fairfield and Easton.

Click the links to read the regulations before the Legislative Regulations Review Committee, and the DEEP’s response and alterations after public comment on the proposals.