Connecticut Fishing Charters

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Connecticut Fishing Charters

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Connecticut: 20 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Clinton
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trips from $395
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
East Lyme
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Branford
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Bridgeport
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trips from $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Waterford
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trips from $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Milford
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
New London
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Stamford
trips from $599
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Old Lyme
trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Fairfield
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trips from $550

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 $632, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,014 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Connecticut are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Connecticut are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Connecticut are:

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:

Who are the top awarded captains in Connecticut?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Connecticut are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $465
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $528
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $557
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $718
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $798
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $875
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $875

If you've never cast a line in the Constitution State, it's time to change that. Connecticut has a lot to offer to passionate fishermen, even though it gets overshadowed by other fisheries surrounding it. Still, if you're up for a challenge and a good time, Connecticut fishing charters will help you out.

Both freshwater and saltwater action in CT is very good. The Rhode Island Sound is brimming with excellent fish, be it Striped Bass, Tautog, Bluefish, Flounder, or Black Seabass. These species are the most common catches here, though you can also hook into a variety of Sharks offshore, including Gummy, Thrasher, and Mako.

The other side of the coin is freshwater fishing, into which the state invests a lot of resources. This has resulted in some amazing watersheds stocked with Trout (Brown, Rainbow, Tiger, and Brook), Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth), and Catfish. There are also rivers where you can find Kokanee and Atlantic Salmon, Northern Pike in lakes and ponds, and the list goes on.

So where do Connecticut fishing charters come in? Professional guides on the coast and inland organize a variety of trips for your convenience. You can go fishing anywhere from 3–9 hours, depending on your preferences. Some charters have specialized trips, whether it's for a specific fish or a time of day when the bite is at its best.

Wherever you go in Connecticut, if there's water around, chances are there's a fishing charter or two, too. The top destinations include Stamford, Old Lyme, Branford, and New London.

Rules & Regulations

Ok, you've booked a Connecticut fishing charter, but what about your fishing license? Don't worry, your guide will take care of the paperwork, and you just need to show up. If you're fishing on your own, triple-check the regulations on your chosen watershed, as well as creel limits.

Connecticut
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27943 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 that the state is known for.

March

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

April

April is an excellent time to cast a line in the Connecticut River. The American Shad run is in full swing, and your chances of catching Trout and Salmon are still strong. There are also quite a few Striped Bass swimming around.

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 Connecticut has to offer. Wrestle 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, there's plenty of Porgy, Fluke, and Black Seabass for everyone fishing the sound.

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. The offshore action for Tuna can still be good, but you'll need to travel quite a bite before you get to the fishing grounds.

October

With Tautog at their peak, the 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 the many local reefs.

November

As average temperatures inevitably plummet toward 30°F, the fishing scene 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 Connecticut is in the streams and rivers. Atlantic Salmon are on the rise, joined by Trout and many other fish. To get to the best bite, you'll need to brave the freezing December mornings, but it will be worth it.

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Fish in the summer if you can. I was there in mid-November to visit my grandson at UConn, very late in the season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish in the summer if you can. I was there in mid-November to visit my grandson at UConn, very late in the season.
Bill  B.
Bill B.
Fishing midweek last week of August, we had Long Island Sound all to ourselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing midweek last week of August, we had Long Island Sound all to ourselves.
Michael  H.
Michael H. Trumbull, Connecticut
Bring lots of water in the summertime and get ready to have an arm workout! If in season, the bluefish by the race bite like wildfire.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of water in the summertime and get ready to have an arm workout! If in season, the bluefish by the race bite like wildfire.
Eli  K.
Eli K. Westport, CT
Captain Mike and Darren were AMAZING! They took my father and I to their local spots and were just the perfect crew! We caught lots of fish. I will definitely book a trip with them next time I am in the area. Highly recommended! Boaz
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Mike and Darren were AMAZING! They took my father and I to their local spots and were just the perfect crew! We caught lots of fish. I will definitely book a trip with them next time I am in the area. Highly recommended! Boaz
BOAZ  A.
BOAZ A.
Go out with One More Drift Charter CT. Joseph and Julia will make sure you get fish on your line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with One More Drift Charter CT. Joseph and Julia will make sure you get fish on your line.
Mark  B.
Mark B. Southington, CT
Arrive a quarter hour ahead of time to set things up to maximize fishing time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Arrive a quarter hour ahead of time to set things up to maximize fishing time
Herbert  L.
Herbert L. Stamford, CT
the race has an interesting underwater topography that makes it a great fishery, and like any saltwater fishing, you’ll hafta be ready for some waves, but nothing too serious.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
the race has an interesting underwater topography that makes it a great fishery, and like any saltwater fishing, you’ll hafta be ready for some waves, but nothing too serious.
Eric  H.
Eric H. Windsor, Connecticut
The sound is a great fishery, but sometimes the bite is not what we hope. Enjoy your trip, your companions and your time on the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The sound is a great fishery, but sometimes the bite is not what we hope. Enjoy your trip, your companions and your time on the water!
Dave  K.
Dave K. New York, New York
Nothing in particular we are beginners, everything went exactly as expected, no surprises!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing in particular we are beginners, everything went exactly as expected, no surprises!
Joe  T.
Joe T. Island Heights, NJ
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

Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
On a temperate November morning, I fished in the Niantic Bay with Captain Mike and Derryl and caught 14 blackfish in 3 hours. The biggest fish (photo) was 18.75 inches long. Mike and Derryl know where the fish are, and I hope to fish with them again in July and catch many species this time. I strongly recommend this fine fishing team.
Bill  B.
Bill B.
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
We had an awesome day fishing on Oct 28, 2023 with Captain Mike Smith. Both Captain Mike and his First Mate Derryl made the day a lot of fun. We caught lots of fish, and our guides couldn't of been more accommodating. Also Captain Mike has a great play list of tunes we enjoyed listening to while we just killed it catching Tog and Porgies. Highly recommend Captain Mike if you want to catch fish and more importantly have a fun!
Dan  C.
Dan C.
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Absolute blast. Huge bluefish on the lines. I regret not hitting the gym a few weeks beforehand because reeling these in was no joke. One after the other. You won’t leave disappointed. Great for teens too. My daughter is still bragging how she was able to reel them in easier than me. Definitely recommend!
Cat  L.
Cat L.
Bell 8 Charters
Bell 8 Charters
Fishing charter in Old Lyme
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(60 reviews)
I mentioned to Captain Jack pre-trip I want to go after Stripers and Blues. He indeed delivered both! Mother Nature also through in a bonus of flat seas, 70 degree air temps and 62 water temps. I highly recommend this charter! In closing I consider Captain Jack a new friend and that trumps all the fish in the world. Thank you Jack!
Larry  S.
Larry S.
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
We decided to bring our son fishing for his 10th Birthday gift. He brought his friend as well. Captain Joseph & his daughter were very friendly & nice. They were both also very personable. They were really on a mission to make sure we caught some fish. I would definitely recommend them.
Matthew  W.
Matthew W.
Endorfin Fishing CT
Endorfin Fishing CT
Fishing charter in Fairfield
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain Pete was a great guide who showed a couple of freshwater fisherman used to bass, trout and pike how to fish for albies. He put us on many fish and showed us how to cast and fish for these tuna. Was a great instructor and fun to spend the afternoon with. My dad and I couldn’t have had a better afternoon than we could have expected and be booking another trip out on the sound with Captain Pete again!!!
Paul  W.
Paul W.
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Went fishing on the Long Island Sound the first day of October with Captain Mike. My 12 year old and I had a blast! We caught several Bluefish, which fought like crazy, and some Porgy. It was well worth the three hours on the water, and I'd definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a private charter!
David  N.
David N.
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Captain Joe and his first mate, Julia, were so helpful in making our stay in Clinton what we hoped for!! From the booking, to the fishing, to the boat ride back to the dock….perfection. Thanks again
Joyce  S.
Joyce S. New York, NY
Pelagic Beast Fishing
Pelagic Beast Fishing
Fishing charter in Stamford
Very good
4.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Very nice crew, even though it was our first time they taught us everything we needed to know and caught a lot of fish. I really appreciate the love they have for the ocean and fishing.
Josue  D.
Josue D. Stamford, Connecticut
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Joe! Lots of Big Bluefish! Highly Recommended!
Timothy  G.
Timothy G. Avon, CT
Nightjack Sportfishing
Nightjack Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Branford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
These guys are top notch and made the experience great! All 6 of us caught multiple fish! Don’t think twice about fishing with these guys you won’t regret it!
Justin  S.
Justin S.
Pelagic Beast Fishing
Pelagic Beast Fishing
Fishing charter in Stamford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Awesome day. Exceeded our expectations. The captain and crew went out of their way to make sure we had a great time and caught some Black Sea Bass keepers. Also caught sone large wheat fish. Family friendly. Great with kids. Even converted my 13 year old daughter. We had a blast
Richard  M.
Richard M. Rye, NY
Nightjack Sportfishing
Nightjack Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Branford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
One of best days ever for both of us. This trip not only met our expectations but surpassed them. Our beautifully filet take home netted us 19 lbs. The Captain and Mate were friendly and helpful. We are already talking about another trip. Highly recommend the Night Jack to everyone for an awesome fishing adventure.
Jeffrey  H.
Jeffrey H. SPFLD (LONG), MA
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
An amazing trip! Captain Joe's knowledge of where to find fish and how to catch them put us into lots of fish in a short trip. Many bluefish, a sea bass, and a striper. Planning on making this an annual trip, if not more.
Michael  H.
Michael H. Trumbull, Connecticut
Endorfin Fishing CT
Endorfin Fishing CT
Fishing charter in Fairfield
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain Pete was amazing! Took me and my fiancé out fishing for his birthday. Pete knew my fiancé wanted to catch a striped bass and did everything he could to make sure we caught one! Very personal, friendly, and helpful captain definitely recommend to anyone
Jailene  R.
Jailene R.
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Capt. Joe and his mate worked tirelessly to put us on fish. This was my families first charter adventure an everyone had a great time. Bluefish, Black Sea Bass and Porgies all day!
Todd  O.
Todd O. Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Capt. Mike and First mate Derryl were terrific. I took my boys (ages 7 & 4) on their very first fishing trip and they loved it. We caught Porgy, Sea Bass, a few Sea Robin and a couple of sharks. It was a great first trip and they can’t wait to go back. Capt. Mike and Derryl were great with the kids.
Brian  C.
Brian C. New Canaan, CT
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Family time before school was a nice experience. Captain Mike and first mate Derryl ensured we have the best time out in the ocean.Highly recommended trip. Thank you
Phuong  M.
Phuong M. West Springfield, MA
Connecticut Fishing Charters
Connecticut Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New London
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
They put us on multiple schools of Blue Fish. Everyone caught fish. First mates were helpful and took care of everything. Would recommend to anyone
James  B.
James B. Westerly, Rhode Island
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Captain Joe and crew were awesome! Had a great time and learned a lot! Would definitely recommend booking a trip , you will catch a lot of fish! Captain Joe is great with kids! We can’t wait to go out again!
Michael  M.
Michael M. Danbury, CT