After several years of discussions between key CAG members and the Connecticut DEEP the first statewide provisions, anywhere in North America, were introduced to help protect Trophy carp.
Due to the increasing popularity of carp fishing, the Fisheries Division implemented regulations beginning in 2018 to ensure there would be very large carp for anglers to seek. Connecticut’s current carp regulations are:
- Statewide Regulations: daily limit of 5 fish per person, only one of which could exceed 30 inches.
- Trophy Carp Waters: daily limit of 1 fish per day with a maximum size of 26 inches in the entire CT River and its coves, Batterson Park Pond (New Britain), Squantz Pond (New Fairfield), and West Thompson Lake (Thompson).
CAG is indebted to CT DEEP Fisheries for it foresight and support in introducing these regulations.