Nothing captures the feeling of summer ease like a day fishing, pole in hand, surrounded by water and nature's calm energy. Much like life, you can ponder what will you catch today and bring from the depths into the light? Whether you are in a kiss-and release or catch, clean and eat what you caught frame of mind, this blog series will inspire and inform you to get going!
First step is to get a licence. Luckily, no carbon footprint needed, you can easily obtain one online on the CT DEEP website at https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=322716. Notice there are several types of licenses including freshwater, marine, and a new trout/salmon stamp. I prefer the all water license with the addtional 5$ trout/salmon stamp so my possibilities are limitless. This also benefits conservation efforts statewide. If you are 65 or older there is no fee except for the stamp, and license fees are cheaper for youth. After purchase, make sure you print it out and have it on you at all times, as State Conservation Officers will often stop to see it, as well as inspect what you have caught. Catch limits vary from site to site so make sure you are informed as worse than fines, would be to stress the population or diminish recreational opportunities for yourself and others. Shared resources are to be cared for and treasured by all.
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