Your Best Spring Fishing in Connecticut

Your Best Spring Fishing in Connecticut

Spring fishing in Connecticut has never been better. Whether you're angling for stripers or planning on slamming rainbow trout, these are the best places to hit.


Most of the lakes and ponds in the Nutmeg State are likely to be free of ice by the end of the month, which means fishermen targeting bass, panfish, pickerel, pike and other traditional warmwater species can enjoy plenty of early-season action.

Bolton Lake

For odds-on bassin' action in March, try tossing Carolina-rigged rubber worms into shoreline cover on shallow, warmwater impoundments such as Bolton Lake, which consists of three separate bodies (Upper, Middle and Lower Bolton Lakes) in Vernon and Bolton. With plenty of shoreline brush and warm shallows to fish, anglers should have no problem finding plenty of aggressive bass during the winter-spring transition period.


Farmington River

Nutmeg State anglers focus on trout when the season opens the third Saturday of the month. A wide variety of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers are open to trout fishing under the general regulations, but the traditional favorite is Connecticut's renowned Farmington River in Farmington. Heavily stocked with some natural reproduction reported, the Farmington is home to rainbows, browns and brook trout that provide excellent angling throughout the season. April anglers have good success using wet flies, nymphs and streamers but as the water warms and insect hatches begin fly-rodders shift to dry flies with a keen eye on matching the hatch.


Long Island Sound

Warmer weather means bluefish will begin traveling up the coast, wreaking havoc with coastal baitfish populations. Anglers have good luck from shore while fishing the surf but boaters also do well targeting current seams and ledges offshore. Some good fishing may also be had in the brackish water of rivers and marshes that feed into the Sound.

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