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Striper Snax Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Waterford
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
East Lyme
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Nightjack Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Branford
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Sea Fever Charters, LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
East Lyme
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Stamford Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(84 reviews)
Stamford
 Instant Confirmation

Starship Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(75 reviews)
Old Saybrook
trips from $750

FlyLight Charters

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

Bell 8 Charters

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

One More Drift Charters CT

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

Stamford Fishing Charters – 50'

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Stamford
trips from $1,500

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Connecticut

The average price for a private 4 hour Connecticut fishing trip is $571, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $876 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Striper Snax Fishing Charters, Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures, and Nightjack Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Connecticut. Full list of top fishing charters in Connecticut.

Striper Snax Fishing Charters, Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures, and Nightjack Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Connecticut.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Black Seabass, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 24785 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

Sea Fever Charters, LLC
Sea Fever Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Had the best day fishing with Captain Justin and Timothy was an experience my family will never forget. Besides catching a lot of fish had the greatest time.
GLENN  C.
GLENN C. Park Ridge, NJ
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Well, in all honesty, no actual whales were caught (or harmed) on this trip; but we sure did catch a LOT of fish None were as big as whales, either, but 80% of them were big enough to take home, throw on the grill and enjoy that evening with some fresh corn on the cob! Joe and his daughter and First Mate, Julia, were great instructors and delightful company. My family and I made memories that will last a lifetime thanks to Joe & Julia!! A++
Don  W.
Don W. Winston-Salem, NC
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Awesome trip! We caught lots of fish and had fun. It’s a beautiful area. Great boat and wonderful with kids. Would go again with Captain Joe. Thanks for an amazing trip!!
Tricia  F.
Tricia F. Mountain Brook, AL
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Captain Mike was a great! Nice and friendly personality and patient but persistent guide. We had a slow start that built up to a Grand Finale. Everyone caught a fish!
Cesar  M.
Cesar M. Simsbury, CT
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Captain Mike was very knowledgeable of the waters, helping us hook into about five big bluefish. He was also very easy to contact before the trip and he responded promptly. Captain Mike was a great overall guide on the water!
Jeffrey  J.
Jeffrey J. New Hartford, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
So much fun! We loved our experience. We went out for three hours and it was awesome! Great day and captain joe made everything fun and easy. He filleted the fish right on the boat and we got to take some home. We had never fished before and he made it so easy and fun. Highly highly recommend!
Sarah  D.
Sarah D. New Haven, Connecticut
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great communication before the trip. Boat and Equipment in excellent condition. Mike was very friendly and great to visit with. Mike put us on striped bass and we had steady action all morning. Beautiful day and great way to fish in CT with my 16yr old son. Thanks Mike!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. Omaha, NE
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
3 of use on the boat. Fish caught every drift. So many fish caught we lost count but if I had to guess. 35 stripers at least 3/4 could have been keepers and another 15 blues. As you can see in the photos we got a 39" Striper as the highlight of the trip. Best trip I have been on. Will def look Capt Ken up again. Thanks!!
Hermel  P.
Hermel P. Bristol, CT
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike Smith Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great day out with captain Mike! He is a great guy and delivered a great memory for me and my wife.
Brad  B.
Brad B. Shelton, CT
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
We had a great time! It was easy to see that captain Ken knew where the fish where and how to catch them. He was also very good with my grandson who is on the spectrum.
Dana  C.
Dana C. Baltimore, Maryland
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Even though we had heavy fog, we had such a great experience! I couldn’t recommend this charter more. The captain took safety very seriously and patient with my son. He worked tirelessly to try to ensure there was something caught that day.
Trista  G.
Trista G. Seymour, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Thanks captain Joe! We had a great time fishing this morning. You were very focused on boat safety and you answered our many fishing questions with patience and vast knowledge. Will definitely book another trip!
Maggie  L.
Maggie L. Montville, CT
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Ken was awesome! He's very helpful, knowledgeable, and passionate, and a lot of fun to be out on the water with for hours! Highly recommend for a small group!
Iolani  D.
Iolani D. United States
Sea Fever Charters, LLC
Sea Fever Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in East Lyme
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
These guys know their stuff and they're super fun to be with. Can't wait for the next trip
Sea  F.  C.
Sea F. C. Higganum, Connecticut
Nightjack Sportfishing
Nightjack Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Branford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
The best charter I have been on, our entire party had a blast. Caught plenty of fish, which were cleaned and ready to cook up when we got home. Would highly recommend!
Michael  K.
Michael K. Manchester, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Joe provided our ten-year boys an amazing and memorable fishing experience. He showed them all the ropes and answered their thousand questions along the way. I would definitely recommend Captain Joe’s charter to other groups with or without kids.
Sean  R.
Sean R. New Haven, CT
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
The best experience that we had. Capt. Ken was.excellent and can't wait to back.for another day. Thank ypu for.a.geat time and excellent fishing day. See you next time. Thank you
Deborah  C.
Deborah C. Burlington, CT
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great time. The 3 hour charter was perfect for the kids and Captain Joe was an absolutely fabulous host. The kids learned a lot about fishing from him. He very patient with them. Perfect Captain all around - recommend him for your next fishing trip.
Carlos  A.
Carlos A. Bethel, Connecticut
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Striper Snax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waterford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
We had an awesome time catching sea bass and porgies. Captain Ken was so easy to talk to, professional and was a fun host. We plan on booking more trips with him in the future. Thank you Captain for making my boyfriends birthday a one of a kind experience!
Allison  M.
Allison M. Lindenhurst, NY
One More Drift Charters CT
One More Drift Charters CT
Fishing charter in Clinton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
My 3 friends and I have been going on a yearly fishing trip for the last 20 yrs. With work and busy schedules, it's the one day a year we get to be together and just go out fishing. Captain Joe made our day awesome! He was very knowledgeable and fit in with our group like he has been friends with us for years. We had a great day out, and caught a bunch of fish. We are already planning our trip for next year and it will definitely be with one more drift!
Jason  S.
Jason S. Wolcott, CT