Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program

The Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Program, implemented by the Marine Fisheries division, aims to elevate access and fishing quality of Connecticut's Public Trust marine fisheries resources, focusing on urban areas. The program utilizes reduced size limit regulations, allowing both novice and seasoned anglers to enjoy outdoor recreation and the thrill of catching their own meal. Importantly, it also ensures that marine fish conservation goals are upheld. Notably, Appendix A. Public Shore Fishing Access Sites specify where Summer Flounder/Fluke (17 inch minimum length) and Scup (8 inch minimum length) can be caught at smaller sizes. For comprehensive regulations, including creel limit and open seasons, refer to the Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations.

Site City County Notes
Pleasure Beach Family Fishing Pier Bridgeport Fairfield County -
Saint Mary's by the Sea* Bridgeport Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Seaside Park* Bridgeport Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Ash Creek Open Space Fairfield Fairfield County -
Jennings Beach* Fairfield Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Penfield Beach* Fairfield Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Penfield Reef Fairfield Fairfield County -
Calf Pasture Beach* Norwalk Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Maritime Aquarium Park Norwalk Fairfield County -
Bond's Dock Stratford Fairfield County -
Long Beach* Stratford Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Point-No-Point* Stratford Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Russian Beach Stratford Fairfield County -
Short Beach Park* Stratford Fairfield County *Parking fees apply
Sherwood Island State Park Westport Fairfield County -
South Cove Causeway Old Saybrook Middlesex County -
Saybrook Point Old Saybrook Middlesex County -
Branford Point* Branford New Haven County *Parking fees apply
Chaffinch Island Park Guilford New Haven County -
Hammonasset Beach State Park Madison New Haven County -
Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center Milford New Haven County -
Gulf Beach* Milford New Haven County *Parking fees apply
Silver Sands State Park Milford New Haven County -
Criscuolo Park New Haven New Haven County -
Fort Nathan Hale Park New Haven New Haven County -
Tomlinson Bridge Fishing Pier New Haven New Haven County -
Bradley Point Park West Haven New Haven County -
Sandy Point West Haven New Haven County -
Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary West Haven New Haven County -
Cini Memorial Park* East Lyme New London County *Parking fees apply
Hole-in-the-Wall Beach* East Lyme New London County *Parking fees apply
McCook Park* East Lyme New London County *Parking fees apply
Rocky Neck State Park East Lyme New London County -
Bluff Point State Park and Reserve Groton New London County -
Eastern Point Beach* Groton New London County *Parking fees apply
UCONN-Avery Point* Groton New London County *Parking fees apply
City Pier and Waterfront Park New London New London County -
Fort Trumbull State Park New London New London County -
DEEP Marine Headquarters—Ferry Landing Park Old Lyme New London County -
Mystic River Park Stonington New London County -
Stonington Point Stonington New London County -
Stonington Town Dock Fishing Pier Stonington New London County -
Harkness Memorial State Park Waterford New London County -
Mago Point Park Waterford New London County -
Waterford Beach Park* Waterford New London County *Parking fees apply

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