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One More Drift Charters CT

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Clinton
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trips from $395

Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
East Lyme
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trips from $450

Rising Tide Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Milford
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trips from $400

Nightjack Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Branford
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trips from $600

Striper Snax Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Waterford
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trips from $225

Stamford Charters II

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(12 reviews)
Norwalk
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trips from $460

Stamford Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(98 reviews)
Stamford

FlyLight Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(19 reviews)
New London
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Stamford Fishing Charters – 50'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Stamford
trips from $1,500

Bell 8 Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(55 reviews)
Old Lyme
trips from $400

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Connecticut

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Connecticut are: Full list of top fishing charters in Connecticut

The average price for a private 4 hour Connecticut fishing trip is $558, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $867 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Connecticut that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Connecticut provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Connecticut are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Connecticut are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $475
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $457
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $643
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $532
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $721
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $582
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,224
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $525
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,450

Anglers spend their time in Connecticut fishing for an astounding variety of game fish. It may be one of the smaller states in the country, but there’s no shortage of productive waters and quality game fish here. Spend the day aboard one of many fishing charters CT has in store, and you’ll soon see why the local angling is one of the best kept secrets in New England.

Connecticut boasts 6,000 lakes and ponds, 8,400 miles of streams and rivers, and 253 miles of coastline. Excellent fishing is rarely more than an hour’s drive away, and the good people of CT are committed to sharing these prospects with anglers from all walks of life. With 26 areas designated to youth-only fishing, 29 lakes and rivers featuring handicapped access, and a 1,000’ pier in East Lyme that is also handicapped accessible, the local community has done its best to make sure no one misses out on the fishing here.

Freshwater Fishing in CT

Freshwater fishing sources in CT are small compared to those in other states, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression. Local waters are filled with the likes of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Crappie, assorted Panfish, Walleye, Northern Pike, Brown, Brook and Rainbow Trout, Shad, Striped Bass, and Atlantic Salmon. In winter and spring, you can fish half-a-dozen coastal rivers for sea-run Brown Trout, some of them weighing 8 pounds or more. If you’re wondering where to start, a couple of choice locations stand out from the crowd.

Connecticut River

The Connecticut River is by far the biggest, most accessible, and most diverse fishing source in the state—which easily makes it one of the best fishing spots in CT. Spanning roughly 90 miles from Massachusetts to Long Island Sound, this is the longest river in New England, and you’ll find boat launches and shore-based fishing sites all along its banks.

The Connecticut River is brimming with Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, White and Yellow Perch, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish, Carp, Shad, and Striped Bass. On occasion, you can also catch Atlantic Salmon, Walleye, and the odd Sturgeon here. This river has some special bragging rights, including the best Pike fishing in the state, with a few 15-pounders landed each year. It also hosts one of the premier American Shad runs on the east coast. These fish, known as “the poor man’s Tarpon,” show up in March and the fishing is best in April and May.

More than any other species, the Connecticut River is dominated by Bass. In fact, many argue this is the best place for Bass fishing in CT. Anglers catch both Largemouths and Smallmouths in the river from Hamburg Cove all the way to the MA border in Enfield. For year-round Bass fishing, cast your line in Chapman’s Pond in East Haddam or Wethersfield Cover in Wethersfield. Other notable Bass fishing spots in CT include Pachaug Pond, Winchester Lake, Moodus Lake, Lake Zoar, and Powers Lake (to name a few).

Lake Candlewood

Covering just 5,420 acres, this man-made lake near the NY state border is the largest in CT. Here you can indulge in quality fishing for Bass and some real lunker Trout. This lake is especially famous for its population of trophy Brown Trout, which gorge themselves on alewife and reach 7-10 pounds. Needless to say, this spot boasts some of the best Trout fishing CT has to offer. Swimming along the shoreline are Bass, Panfish, and White Perch which can reach up to 2 pounds or more.

If you’re keen on Trout fishing, you can take advantage of year-round opportunities in the upper reaches of the Housatonic River and the Farmington River above Burlington. To the east, the Yantic, Natchaug, Shetucket, Salmon, and Quinebaug Rivers have great Trout fishing in spring and fall.

And much more

Fishing trips in CT are all about variety, and there are plenty of small waters throughout the state which offer exactly that. Squantz Pond, Rogers Lake, and Gardners Lake host experimental Walleye populations, while many coastal rivers see Striped Bass in spring and fall. The Atlantic Salmon fishing CT produces each year runs from October through spring, and is usually limited to catch and release at the start of the season. Fly fishing for this species is especially popular, and in some years it’s legal to keep Salmon caught on fly rod after November. The Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers are the two main rivers stocked with this fish. You can also catch some Kokanee Salmon in East Twin Lake, West Hill Pond, and Lake Wononscopomuc.

Saltwater Fishing in CT

Though overlooked, CT’s saltwater fishing scene is also impressive. Anglers here take advantage of hundreds of miles of coastline stretching along the Long Island Sound, where nearly ⅓ of the state’s population resides. You can expect outstanding inshore fishing anywhere from Byram Point in the west to Pawcatuck Point near Rhode Island. Main catches here include Striped Bass, Tautog, Flounder, Fluke, Bluefish, Weakfish, Mackerel, Porgies, and Black Seabass.

Some anglers fish the Long Island Sound year-round, but for most the season lasts from March through late November. Flounder are the first to arrive in spring, eventually followed by Mackerel, Fluke, Porgy (Scup), Black Seabass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish, and finally Tautog.

Coastal Fishing

The biggest freshwater rivers which flow into the Long Island Sound have large, brackish sections where Stripers and Flounder like to live, which makes the coastal reaches of these rivers a popular stop on many CT fishing charters. The lower part of the Housatonic River, though not as large as the Connecticut, has very productive fishing for Striper, Bluefish, Flounder, and Fluke.

Along the north side of Long Island Sound, the shore is rocky, highly irregular, and speckled with hundreds of small, rocky islands and outcroppings which are perfectly suited to Tautog and Striped Bass in the fall. Alternatively, you can enjoy good fishing from shore at the town docks in Stratford, Stratford Point, and Milford Point Jetty.

Nearshore Sound Fishing

Some of the best fishing in Long Island Sound is a bit farther out, over numerous reefs and ledges just off shore. The Norwalk Islands, Goose and Falkner Islands complex, Madison Reef, Kimberly Reef, Long Sand Shoal, and the Hatchett and Barlett Reefs are but a few of the hot spots you might visit here. In the middle of the sound sits a unique geographical feature, known as Stratford Shoal—or, “the Middle Grounds.” This shoal rises from some of the deepest water in the sound to depths of 8-10 feet. Here you’ll find the best Bluefishing of the summer.

When the season is right, a full day trip to Block Island gives you the chance to hook into trophy Striper and Fluke. On the other hand, some of the most popular saltwater fishing spots in CT are actually found in NY state waters, including Plum Gut, The Race, Fishers Island Sound, and more.

And beyond...

In summer, you’ll see many anglers heading offshore to fish for even more species. Trips lasting 10 hours or more can take you past Block Island to fish for Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna when in season. Monster Mako and Thresher Sharks inhabit the deep water offshore, and adrenaline junkies will be glad to know that plenty of local charter operators offer trips designed specifically with catching these brutes in mind.

Need to Know

Anglers fishing aboard licensed charter boats in CT do not need to bring individual fishing licenses. A marine saltwater fishing license is required for anglers 16 and older who plan to fish from shore or on their own.

Anglers 16 and above who plan on fishing in freshwater should buy a CT inland freshwater fishing license as well as Trout and Salmon stamps.

Local regulations vary depending on where you fish. In general, Trout, Bass, and Salmon fishing are regulated by size and bag limits. Most Salmon fishing in CT is restricted to catch and release.

Connecticut
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

At the start of the year, you’ll find very little action in the Long Island Sound, but many of Connecticut’s rivers and streams are bustling with Atlantic Salmon as well as Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout.

February

Average temperatures are between 20-37°F in February. Those who are willing to brave the cold will be rewarded with some of the excellent Trout fishing CT is known for.

March

Spring is on its way, and things are slowly picking up momentum. Fluke are appearing in the Long Island Sound while Bass are starting to bite more in the lakes.

April

April is an excellent time to cast a few lines in the Connecticut River! The American Shad run is in full swing, and your chances of catching Trout and Salmon are still strong.

May

Come May, charter boats all over Long Island Sound are fully up and running. Fluke and Black Seabass are feeding near reefs and rocky shorelines, while Striped Bass are at their peak in the coastal streams.

June

June is a great time to experience the sheer variety CT has to offer. Wrangle with monster Sharks offshore, make the most of nearshore fishing in the sound, or enjoy local Trout fishing.

July

Now is the time to head offshore if you’re in the market for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Marlin, and other big game beasts. Meanwhile, the sound is crowded with Porgy, Fluke, Seabass, and more.

August

You’ll find local Trout and Bass fishing to be slower in the heat of summer, as these fish do their best to stay cool and survive. Meanwhile, the fishing has never been better in the sound.

September

As fall approaches, Striped Bass and Shad re-appear for a second peak season in the rivers. You can still enjoy great success while fishing offshore for Tuna, Marlin, and more.

October

With Tautog at their peak, Long Island Sound is the place to be! You can catch anything here, from Seabass and Fluke to Bluefish. Try your luck near Block Island or one of many local reefs.

November

As average temperatures decrease toward 30°F, the fishing is shifting once again. Many charter boats will soon shut down for the winter, but until then fishing in the sound is excellent.

December

By December, some of the best fishing in CT is in the streams and rivers. Atlantic Salmon are on the rise, joined by Trout and many other fish.

Connecticut Fishing Calendar

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This was a great trip! Captain John and first mate Chris were wonderful!! Could not have had a better time!! Would highly recommend them!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great trip! Captain John and first mate Chris were wonderful!! Could not have had a better time!! Would highly recommend them!
Joan  S.
Joan S. East Granby, CT
Easy in and out marina, fish accessible almost immediately = more fish in the boat and less time cruising from location to location. Good for kids, and first time and casual anglers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy in and out marina, fish accessible almost immediately = more fish in the boat and less time cruising from location to location. Good for kids, and first time and casual anglers.
Chris  T.
Chris T. Stamford, CT
The weather was great. Not too hot and not too cold. A great time to fish for Sea Bass on the sound.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was great. Not too hot and not too cold. A great time to fish for Sea Bass on the sound.
Vida  S.
Vida S. North Massapequa, NY
Marine fauna is very diverse, the landscape is fantastic and you can put in practice many different fishing techniques depending on the environmental conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Marine fauna is very diverse, the landscape is fantastic and you can put in practice many different fishing techniques depending on the environmental conditions.
Pablo  A.
Pablo A. Weare, New Hampshire
this is a great boat to fish from. If August, then expect to have a lot of fun fishing for scup and seabass.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
this is a great boat to fish from. If August, then expect to have a lot of fun fishing for scup and seabass.
Ed  B.
Ed B. New Haven, Connecticut
Just a note if you have mobility issue the access to the boat might be tricky. You might consider another Marina or arrange a pick up at a different place.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just a note if you have mobility issue the access to the boat might be tricky. You might consider another Marina or arrange a pick up at a different place.
Remi  L.
Remi L. Waterford, CT
Nightjack was great bring sunscreen and drinks and a positive attitude and you will have a great time!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Nightjack was great bring sunscreen and drinks and a positive attitude and you will have a great time!
Michael  P.
Michael P. New York, New York

Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Thank you, Captain Ken! As you suggested the night before our trip, you put us "on the fish". Thank you!
David  L.
David L. Norwalk, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
We had so much fun fishing with Captain Joe! He's experienced but also talented. He has many tactics and guarantees you a FISH! We had so much action at one point, 3 of us caught a fish at the same time! Joe is excellent with kids. He's kind and patient especially with sharing knowledge. We look forward to next year!
Carole  P.
Carole P. Branford, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
We are absolutely satisfied in every way ! Professionalism, perfect equipment, experience and helpful first mate Plus great weather for late October equals our best and memorable boat fishing time ever !
Csaba  N.
Csaba N. Wallingford, Connecticut
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
This was by far the best charter I have ever been on. Captain Ken is AWESOME. He knows where the fish are and how to catch them. My wife and I both caught our limit of Blackfish and Black Sea Bass. Captain Ken did an excellent job of cleaning the fish and kept the species seperated for us. We will definitely be fishing with Captain Ken again. Thanks Captain Ken!!!!!
Peter  O.
Peter O. Lisbon, CT
Stamford Fishing Charters – 50'
Stamford Fishing Charters – 50'
Fishing charter in Stamford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Me and my crew had a great fishing experience. The crew was cool and down to earth. We caught alot of fish. I recommend anybody that wants to go fishing to book with these guys!
Joe  A.
Joe A. White Plains, NY
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Trip with captain Ken was great! He put us on the fish, both top water and drifting eels. His excitement with each hit was contagious.
Patrick  K.
Patrick K. Hamden, CT
Nightjack Sportfishing
Nightjack Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Branford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Fine evening aboard the Night Jack. Bottom fish gave us plenty of line tugs, though big guys weren't around this trip. We'll definitely be back.
Sandy  B.
Sandy B. Branford, CT
Stamford Charters II
Stamford Charters II
Fishing charter in Norwalk
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Was perfect for all ages. The captain and his crew were extremely accommodating. Excellent trip.
Charles  V.
Charles V. Southbury, CT
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
It's not a question as to whether you will catch any fish. It's how many and how big. I never met a fish that likes Captain Ken, and rightly so.
Jeffrey  T.
Jeffrey T. Bonita Springs, FL
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Great morning! Beautiful, well-equipped boat. Capt. Joe makes it easy for newbies, and his enthusiasm for the sport is great. He’s knowledgeable and patient. Mix that with some perfect 10 weather and our excursion couldn’t have been better. We had two people, but two more would have been fine. Six is possible but a full boat. Highly recommend!
Beth  C.
Beth C. Bloomfield, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Capt. Joe was wonderful to fish with, we learned a ton, had a great time and came home with dinner!
John  A.
John A. Madison, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
It was a great trip with Captain Joe! In 5 hours he put myself and my brother on quality keeper stripers and blues! We even caught a bunch of keeper black sea bass as well! What really made the trip great was how well he explained the gear and methods on how to fish for each species as well as how to use the sonar to track the fish, bait and structure under water. I will be booking again at some point great way to spend the day
Matthew  A.
Matthew A. WASHINGTON DT, CT
Crows Nest Outdoors Fishing Charters
Crows Nest Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Old Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We had a great time. Wife learned a few new fishing tips from the captain. Will book again soon.
Maria  L.
Maria L. Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Chartered a boat with Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures for the wife and myself while she was out visiting from MI. Had an absolute blast slamming bluefish. First time we've ever caught these, amazing fighters. Captain Mike was great, very interactive and attentive, he taught us a lot. I highly recommend booking with him. If I'm still out here for work next season, we will be booking another trip.
Jonathan  S.
Jonathan S. Reed City, MI
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Mike is top notch! He put us on fish! Was totally fine with us wanting to do catch and release. Had a great time, boat was clean, had great local knowledge not just on fishing but everything local. History, restaurants you name it he knew and was humble and felt like he loved being out there. We will definitely look him up once in the area again! Thanks Mike!! S&R
Steven  L.
Steven L. Littleton, Colorado
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Ken was very personable and fun but yet professional. Truly appreciate Ken’s expertise and mastery of fishing that landed the big ones. Thank you Ken for the most enjoyable and rewarding fishing trip we’ve ever experienced!
JENNA  O.
JENNA O. Lytle, TX
Bell 8 Charters
Bell 8 Charters
Fishing charter in Old Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
We had such a wonderful time with Captain Jack! He was so pleasant and knowledgeable. We can’t wait to return!
Sage  N.
Sage N. Enfield, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Title is what my 12 year old son said his review should say... Awesome. Small intimate fishing experience, excellent patient teacher who is great with kids. Everything we hoped for in my son's first salt water fishing experience.
Salvatore  Z.
Salvatore Z. North Stonington, CT
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Loved fishing again with Captain Mike. My son wanted to catch some bigh fish. So that is what we went for. Caught some blues. The weather looked to be windy, captain Mike kept us informed. We moved our time and it worked perfectly. Planning another trip this fall
Holly  D.
Holly D. Southington, CT
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Captain Mike is the best! We took our 6-year old son for a trip and Mike make it wonderful. He is kind and knowledgeable and made our son feel like a million bucks. We caught a lot of fish and had a great time doing it. The rods and reels were simple to use so Mike is a great captain for those new to fishing or for those with a lot of expertise. Highly recommend - we will be coming back.
Alison  C.
Alison C. Hamden, Connecticut