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Connecticut Fishing Waters

The state of Connecticut is dotted with lakes, ponds, streams and rivers offering all types of fishing venues. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, stripers, chain pickerel and northern pike in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Connecticut Lakes

Connecticut major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Connecticut, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Connecticut, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Fishing lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Alexander Lake is a 215-acre lake in northeast Connecticut, 3 miles southeast of Pomfret, CT.

Amos Lake is a 110-acre lake, located in the southeast corner of the state at Preston, CT.

Bantam Lake is a 950-acre lake, located in the northwest corner of the state at Mantam, CT.

Bashan Lake is a 270-acre lake located in the south-central section of the state 4 miles northeast of East Haddam, CT.

Beach Pond is a 390-acre lake on the Connecticut-Rhode Island border at Voluntown, CT

Black Pond is a 75-acre pond located in the northeast corner of the state, 5 miles east of Union, CT.

Candlewood Lake is a 5,400-acre lake on the middle-western edge of the state, 2 miles west of New Milford, CT.

Cedar Lake is a 75-acre lake located in the south-central section of the state Chester, CT.

Colebrook River Lake is a 820-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, 2 miles north of Riverton, CT.

Crystal Lake is a 180-acre lake in the north-central 3 miles east of Ellington, CT.

Gardner Lake is a 430-acre lake located in the southeast corner of the state 2 miles northeast of Salem, CT.

Green Falls Pond aka Green Falls Reservoir is a 50-acre pond located in the southeast corner of the state 4 miles southeast of Voluntown, CT.

Highland Lake is a 450-acre lake located in the northern part of the state, west of center at Winchester, CT.

Lake Beseck aka Beseck Lake is a 120-acre lake located in the center of the state at Middlefield, CT.

Lake Lillinonah is a 1,900-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state nearby Newtown, CT.

Lake McDonough aka Barkhamsted Lake is a 390-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state at Hartland, CT.

Lake Quassapaug is a 300-acre lake in the west-central section of the state, at Middlebury, CT.

Lake Saltonstall is a 420-acre lake located along the lower border of the state at East Haven, CT.

Lake Zoar is a 910-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state between Southbury and Sandy Hook, CT.

Lower Bolton Lake is a 180-acre lake located in the northern-central part of the state at Bolton, CT.

Mansfield Hollow Lake is a 440-acre lake located in the northern-central part of the state at Mansfield, CT.

Mashapaug Lake is a 300-acre lake located in the northeast portion of the state at the MA/CT border, 2 miles north of Union, CT.

Middle Bolton Lake is a 120-acre lake located in the northern-central part of the state at Bolton, CT.

Moodus Reservoir is a 480-acre (Upper 360 + Lower 120) lake located in the central-southern part of the state, 2 miles east of Moodus, CT.

Mudge Pond is a 210-acre pond located in the northwest corner of the state at Sharon, CT along the New York-Connecticut border.

Pachaug Pond is an 840-acre lake located in the southeast corner of the state at Griswold, CT.

Pine Acres Lake is a 130-acre lake located in the central-northern part of the state at Hampton, CT.

Pinewood Lake is a 150-acre lake in southwest Connecticut, at Trumbull.

Quaddick Reservoir is a 408-acre lake in northeast Connecticut, 3 miles east of Thompson.

Quinebaug Pond is a 80-acre pond located in the central-northern part of the state at Killingly, CT.

Rogers Lake is a 260-acre lake located in the southeast corner of the state between Lyme and Old Lyme, CT.

Saugatuck Reservoir is an 860-acre lake located on the southwestern corner of the state, 2 miles south of Redding, CT.

Shenipsit Lake aka The Snip is a 520-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Rockville, CT.

Squantz Pond is a 280-acre pond located on the western edge of the state, on the NY/CT border, 3 miles north of Fairfield, CT.

Tyler Lake is a 180-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state 2 miles west of Goshen, CT along the New York-Connecticut border.

Waramaug Lake is a 650-acre lake located in the northwest corner of the state, 2 miles south of Warren, CT.

Washinee Lake (West Twin Lake) is a 290-acre lake located in the far northwest corner of the state 3 miles west of North Cannan, CT.

Washining Lake (Twin Lakes) is a 570-acre lake located in the far northwest corner of the state 3 miles west of North Cannan, CT.

West Hill Pond is a 260-acre lake located in the northwest corner of the state, 2 miles south of Winchester, CT.

West Thompson Lake is a 200-acre lake located in the far northeast corner of the state, 2 miles north of Putnam, CT.

Winchester Lake is a 250-acre lake located in the far northeast corner of the state at Winchester, CT.

Wononscopomuc Lake is a 350-acre lake located in the far northwest corner of the state at Lakeville, CT.

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Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Connecticut and other boating information.

There is a section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in CT. It is devoted to information about kids fishing with stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in Connecticut.

State of CT Fishing Information

For fishing regulations and information on fishing in Connecticut, visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

Apply for a Connecticut Fishing License here.

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Fish for big bass in Connecticut

Excellent largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in CT.

Fish Species in Connecticut

Fishing for bass in Connecticut

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

CT State Record: 12 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

CT State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for catfish in Connecticut

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

CT State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

CT State Record: 12 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for crappie in Connecticut

Black Crappie

Black crappie/calico bass

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

CT State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for walleye in Connecticut

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

CT State Record: 14 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for trout in Connecticut

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

CT State Record: 14 lbs 10 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

CT State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

CT State Record: 10 lbs 8 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

CT State Record: 29 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for panfish in Connecticut

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

CT State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

CT State Record: 1 lbs 3 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

CT State Record: 1 lbs 3 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

CT State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Connecticut

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

CT State Record: 75 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for other species in Connecticut

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

CT State Record: 8 lbs 9 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

CT State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.