Fishing in Connecticut offers anglers many choices and a wide range of species to target in both saltwater and freshwater regions. For Connecticut saltwater charter fishing there is great inshore action around Block Island and Long Island Sound. In the summer there is excellent offshore charter fishing for tuna, bonito, marlin and a few other big game sportfish that will satisfy even the biggest craving for adventure. And for freshwater anglers there are lakes in almost every county with great fishing from largemouth bass to walleye.
Charter Fishing in Connecticut
Most anglers will never rank the offshore or deep s.ea charter fishing in Connecticut high on the best U.S. sport fishing hotspots list. They will not compare Connecticut charter boat fishing with the likes of Key West or other exotic sportfishing spots. OK the offshore fishing isn’t known as exotic or as a warm weather sportfishing paradise, but Connecticut does have some top quality offshore fishing of it’s own and you can bet a trip offshore will produce fish.
They catch marlin, they catch tuna, and they even will get you hooked up to a swordfish or two. Fishing on a Connecticut charter boat means you will fish Long Island sound, Montauk Rips, Block Island and farther offshore where the gamefish hang-out. Did we say something about Montauk? You bet we did and if you know anything about sportfishing then you know that Montauk is considered to be a sportfishing hotspot and most certainly is ranked right up there on the best USA sportfishing locales list! It may not be a tropical fishing paradise but if you want fishing adventure then a Connecticut charter fishing trip will certainly satisfy that craving.
Connecticut Bass Fishing Guides
Not interested in deep sea fishing? Would you rather take it easy on a calm lake casting your spinnerbait up to the bank for a largemouth bass? If you prefer to fish in freshwater then Connecticut has quite a few lakes and plenty of professional fishing guides for hire. Any Connecticut bass fishing guide will tell you that the state has some fine fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of Connecticuts lakes are considered to be on the small side but they are stocked full of resources so the fishing will satisfy most anglers fishing appetite.
Current CT Freshwater Fishing Records
- Largemouth Bass- 12.14lbs
- Smallmouth Bass- 7.12lbs
- Rock Bass – 1.3lbs
- Northern Pike – 29lbs
- Bluegill – 2.2lbs
- Yellow Perch – 2.13lbs
- Walleye – 14.8lbs
Connecticut Freshwater Lakes
- Fairfield County – Squantz Pond.
- Litchfield County – Mohawk Pond, Mudge Pond, Park Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, and Winchester Lake.
- Middlesex County – Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, and Cedar Lake.
- New London County – Amos Lake, Gardner Lake, Green Falls Reservoir, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Rogers Lake, Uncas Pond, and Wyassup Lake.
- Tolland County – Breakneck Pond, Lower Bolton Lake, Mansfield Hollow Lake, and Mashapaug Pond.
- Windham County – Black Pond, Mansfield Hollow Lake, Pine Acres Lake, Quinebaug Pond, and West Thompson Lake
Connecticut Fishing Resources
- Connecticut Fishing Laws – Fishing laws and regulations at Connecticut DNR
- Connecticut Fishing Licenses – Buy a Connecticut fishing or hunting license online
- CT Angler’s Guide 2006 – Angler’s guide for CT. recreational fishing. PDF File
- Connecticut Saltwater Tides – Get Connecticut tide tables
Below you will find listings for various Connecticut fishing guides and lodges for your next fishing trip vacation to Connecticut.
Right Hook Fishing Charters – Fish aboard a new, custom built 36 foot downeast boat using the best fishing tackle available. Minutes away from Foxwoods and Mohegun Sun Casinos. Sightseeing, lighthouse and bird watching tours available. Phone 860-917-8688 OR 860-546-6570.
Bob Kneeland Fly Fishing Guide – Bob Kneeland is a 30-year veteran fishing guide who focuses on trout fishing the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers as well as seasonal fishing along Connecticut’s beautiful shoreline. Reach Bob at 413-258-2893.
My Bonnie Charters – Come saltwater fishing in CT with Captain Sal Tardella, owner of My Bonnie Charters. The Capt specializes in light tackle fishing on Long Island Sound for striper, blues, porgies, sea bass, and flounder. Reach the Capt at 203-866-6313.
Salty Flies Charters – Capt Paul Koopmann fishes Long Island Sound to the western Connecticut rivers for trout like the Mianus River in Stamford, the Norwalk River in Wilton or the Saugatuck River in Westport. Contact the Capt at 203-561-9683.
North Coast Charters – Come charter fishing in Connecticut with North Coast Charters, a salt water fly fishing specialist. We offer charter fishing trips men and women of all skill levels for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish, False Albacore and Bonito.
|Regular Connecticut Fishing Charters, Guide Listings, and Fishing Lodges|
|Adios Charter Service||Gainesboro CT||631-668-5760|
|Affordable Sport Fishing||Harwinton, CT||860-485-0521|
|After You Too Sportfishing Charters||Colchester, CT||860-537-5004|
|Anderson Guide Services||Newington, CT||860-667-4523|
|Atlantic Fishbone Charters||Mystic, CT||860-536-7269|
|Barking Dog Charters||Andover, CT||860-742-2988|
|Benmar Custom Charters||Hartford, CT||860-521-3168|
|Black Hawk Open Fishing Boat||East Lyme, CT||860-739-9296|
|Bluefin Charters||Clinton, CT||877-259-9920|
|Bob Kneeland Fly Fishing Guide Service||Sandisfield, CT||413-258-2893|
|Classic & Custom Fly Shop||New Hartford, CT||860-738-3597|
|CT Woods – Water Guide Service||Waterford, CT||860-442-6343|
|Capt Dan Wood||Niantic, CT||860-442-6343|
|Capt John’s Sport Fishing Center||Waterford, CT||860-443-7259|
|Connecticut Island Outfitters||Fairfield, CT||203-259-7251|
|Connecticut River Valley Guide Service||Windsor Locks, CT||860) 627-9669|
|East Hartford Sportfishing and Tackle||East Hartford, CT||860-569-1038|
|Fall Mountain Outfitters||Torrington, CT||860) 496-1199|
|First Light Sport Fishing Charters||Middletown, CT||860-344-1698|
|Fish Charters||Niantic, CT||860-739-3611|
|Fish Connection||Preston, CT||860-885-1739|
|Flying Fish Charters||Ledyard, CT||860-886-1838|
|Fly Fishing Nicholas Haley||Kent, CT||860) 927-3020|
|Good Company II Charters||Waterford, CT||860-443-0269|
|Grumpy Charters||Connecticut River Valley||860-767-1267|
|Hel-Cat Dock Fishing Parties||North Stonington, CT||860-535-2066|
|Helen B Charters||Bridgeport, CT||203-615-0070|
|High Sea Charters||Clinton, CT||203-530-4492|
|Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop||Cornwall Bridge, CT||860) 672-6064|
|Housatonic River Outfitters||Cornwall, CT||860-672-1010|
|Jolly Bull Charters||Preston, CT||866-227-6686|
|Judith Lynn Charters||Norwalk, CT||203-246-6662|
|King Fisher Charters||East Hartford, CT||860-568-6473|
|Kingfisher Charters||Noank, CT||860-573-3614|
|Lauer Marine Charter Fishing||Niantic, CT||860-833-3224|
|Lorna Anne Fishing Charters||Mystic, CT||860) 423-9121|
|M & M Sportfishing Charters LLC||Waterford, CT||860-447-8490|
|Marine Trading Company||Old Lyme, CT||860-460-9020|
|Marlintini Sportfishing Inc||Colchester, CT||860-537-5090|
|Mataura Sportfishing||Mystic, CT||860-536-6970|
|Mc Kala Fishing||Naugatuck, CT||203) 720-2443|
|Mountain Meadow Outfitters and Charters||Milford, CT||203-415-4647|
|My Bonnie Charters||Norwalk, CT||203-866-6313|
|Nancy B. Sportfishing||Lyme, CT||860-434-1087|
|North Coast Charters||Old Saybrook, CT||203-378-1160|
|Northeast Angling Adventures||Berlin, CT||860-828-4915|
|Osprey Sport Fishing Charters||Niantic, CT||860-739-4129|
|Priority One Charters||Clinton, CT||860-826-7661|
|Provider Sport Fishing Charters||Killingworth, CT||860) 663-1762|
|Reel Crazy Sportfishing||West Haven, CT||203-619-4753|
|Reel Deal Sportfishing Charters||Old Lyme, CT||860-861-4193|
|Reelin Sportfishing LLC||New London, CT||860-442-7519|
|Release One Charters LLC||Waterford, CT||860-437-9768|
|Rum Runner Guide Service||Norwich, CT||860-886-9212|
|Rumrunner Sportfishing||Westbrook, CT||860-307-2603|
|Sea Sprite Sport Fishing||Clinton, CT||860-669-9613|
|Sharkin’ III||Waterford, CT||860-437-1441|
|Smola’s Flyfishing & Guide Services||Enfield, CT||860-763-1856|
|Sound Fishing Charters||Fairfield County, CT||203-622-0522|
|Sunbeam Fleet||Waterford, CT||860-443-7259|
|Steve Kowalski – Angling Adventures||Salisbury, CT||860-307-8980|
|Surfrunner Charters||Attleboro, CT||508-878-2727|
|Terry Baksay Fishing Enterprises||Monroe, CT||203) 459-4746|
|Tournament Force Tackle Systems||Clinton, CT||800-903-0721|
|UpCountry Sportfishing||New Hartford, CT||860-379-1952|
|Valiant Yacht Charters||Mystic, CT||860-536-8300|
|YellowDrake Fly Fishing LLC||Monroe, CT||203) 927-8464|