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CT Fisheries Proposal for Carp - Please read!

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Proposal for creation of Trophy Carp Waters & creel limits on the number & size of carp.

After several years working with the folk at CT DEEP we finally have a proposal that will go a long way toward protecting the specimen carp in CT waters. This is just the start and if we can get this passed into the regulations for 2018 it will be a huge step forward – not just for CT but hopefully it will help motivate other states in the future!

At the end of this post you will the details of a public meeting Aug 9th so we need to get plenty of folk to attend and support these proposed regulations. If you cannot attend please use the links to send in your comments in support of these proposed amendments. The more responses we can generate the more chance we have of ensuring these proposals are accepted. If you have any other comments please feel free to post them on the CAG forum rather than Facebook pages.

 Trophy Carp Waters Proposal

(l) Trophy Carp Waters. The maximum length for common carp shall be twenty-six inches and the daily creel limit for common carp shall be one in : Batterson Park Pond (Farmington, New Britain), the Connecticut River, its coves, and those portions of its tributaries open to fishing throughout the year, as provided in section 26-112-44(a)(1) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, Squantz Pond (New Fairfield), and West Thompson Reservoir (Thompson). The commissioner may grant an exemption from maximum length and daily creel limit requirements of this subsection to any person issued a permit under section 26-112-42 to conduct a fishing tournament or derby in any Trophy Carp Water provided that all fish caught shall be released, without avoidable injury, to the waters where taken.

Please note that this covers the CT River from the MA border to LIS, coves and key tributaries which are critical to help protect spawning areas.

All other CT Rivers, Lakes & Ponds

Outside of these Trophy carp areas the new proposals will have defined limits on the number and size of carp that can be taken as follows:

(1)    [Carp]Common carp, bowfin, tench, suckers, eels and sea lampreys may be taken by angling, bobbing, ice fishing, bow and arrow fishing and spearing, except that, in streams or sections of streams stocked with trout, charr and/or salmon, these species may be taken only by angling or ice fishing. Spearing is prohibited in all lakes and ponds. (2) The daily creel limit for American eel shall be twenty-five. (3) The minimum length for American eel shall be nine inches. (4) The daily creel limit for common carp shall be five, not more than one of which may exceed thirty inches in length, except in Trophy Carp Waters as specified in section 26-112-46 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The commissioner may grant an exemption from the daily creel limit or length requirements specified for common carp in this subsection to any person issued a permit under section 26-112-42 to conduct a fishing tournament or derby provided that all fish caught shall be released, without avoidable injury, to the waters where taken.

One public hearing has been scheduled to obtain public comment to determine whether to adopt the proposed regulations or to adjust the measures. All interested persons are invited to express their views on the proposed regulations at the following public hearing:

Date:                     August 9, 2017

Time:                    6:30 pm

Location:             Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Gina McCarthy Auditorium, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Interested persons may also choose to present their views regarding the proposed regulations in writing during the public comment period. Written comments should be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on August 25, 2017. Based on public comment, the proposed regulations may be adjusted to meet the objective of the proposal. Comments may be submitted using one of the following methods:

  • Online via the eRegulations system: https://eregulations.ct.gov on the Secretary of State’s website. Go to “Open for Public comment”, select this regulation and follow instructions for submitting comments.
  • By mail or delivery service to Bill Foreman at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT, 06106-5127
  • By email to william.foreman@ct.gov
  • By fax to 860-424-4070 (attention: Bill Foreman).

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Iain,

Thank you for imforming us about this very important proposal to make the CT River trophy carp waters. And, thank you so much for working on this. Everyone in this group should consider supporting this proposal because this could open the door for other states to do the same thing. This could be a landmark proposal that could impact all of us.

I sent off a letter to Mr. Foreman.  Here is a copy of that letter:

Dear Sir, 
I would like to comment on your proposal #9 which makes the CT River  "Trophy 
Carp Waters". I wholeheartedly support this proposal. While I am a RI resident, 
I do purchase a CT freshwater fishing license every year just to fish the CT 
River for carp.  The CT River is a world class carp fishing water and passing 
that proposal would keep it that way. It would also preserve the large trophy 
fish that so many anglers pursue. 
I also see this as an economic issue.  Many fishermen from NE, the US and even 
from overseas go to the CT River every year to sample its outstanding carp 
fishing. These people purchase licenses, buy equipment, stay at hotels and spend 
money on gas and food.  Passing this proposal would assure that this continues. 
Carp fishing, like every other fishery, can have a fragile future.  Yes, they 
can get fished out with increased pressure. Right now, the river offers the best 
carp fishing in New England and protecting that fishery will only assure that it 
will continue to be that way. 
So, please consider my comments and hopefully pass this important proposal. 
Dave Pickering 

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Thanks Dave. It's been a long time in the works and hopefully this will be a model for other states to follow in he future.

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Adding your comments in support of the proposed CT Trophy Carp regulations is easy!

 Follow the link  https://eregulations.ct.gov/eRegsPortal/Search/RMRView/PR2017-010 then Click the button that says 'Comment Now' top right of screen. Then add your details (you don't need to create an account) & then add your comments. 

Please feel free to copy and paste the following to add to your own comments.

I support the CT Fishery proposals for Amendment to Section 26-112-45 & creation of certain Trophy Carp Waters. Catch & Release angling for Trophy sized Common carp (including mirror and other scale patterns) is growing rapidly and providing significant economic stimulus to businesses in CT. This step by CT DEEP Fisheries creates a far sighted opportunity to help protect trophy carp that will ultimately attract more anglers to CT.

 

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