TOP FISHING SPOTS IN CONNECTICUT

S.NoFishing SpotGeographical RegionCounty NameFish Species
1Candlewood LakeWesternFairfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Trout
2Housatonic RiverWesternFairfieldSmallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Trout, Striped Bass, Walleye
3Farmington RiverWesternHartfordBrown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass
4Connecticut RiverCentralMultiple CountiesStriped Bass, Bluefish, Flounder, Tautog, Atlantic Salmon
5Lake LillinonahWesternFairfield, LitchfieldSmallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Pike, Trout
6Mashapaug LakeEasternWindhamLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Trout
7Bantam LakeWesternLitchfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Trout, Walleye
8Lake ZoarWesternFairfield, New HavenLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Northern Pike, White & Yellow Perch, White Catfish
9Saugatuck ReservoirWesternFairfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Trout, Walleye
10Pachaug PondEasternNew LondonLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
11Quaddick ReservoirEasternWindhamLargemouth Bass, Pickerel, Northern Pike, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish, Yellow Perch,
12Gardner LakeEasternNew LondonLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
13Coventry LakeEasternTollandLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
14Highland LakeWesternLitchfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
15Lake McDonoughWesternLitchfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Trout
16Squantz PondWesternFairfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Trout, Walleye
17Mansfield Hollow LakeEasternTollandLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
18Black PondWesternMiddlesexLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
19Rainbow ReservoirCentralHartfordLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout
20Mount Tom PondWesternLitchfieldLargemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Walleye, Trout

Before the ban on PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls are highly carcinogenic chemical compounds) in the 1970s, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts General Electric Factory regularly discharged these toxic chemicals into the Housatonic River.

Consequently, Lake Zoar became contaminated, rendering trout, catfish, eel, carp, and northern pike unsafe for human consumption. However, yellow perch, calico bass, rock bass, bluegill, and sunfish can still be consumed with caution.

It is advisable for high-risk groups to avoid consuming bass altogether. A comprehensive 2008 study conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services revealed that Smallmouth Bass in the lake exhibited PCB levels ranging from 0.35 to 0.58 parts per million (ppm), indicating that it is safe to consume one meal per month. Thankfully, significant progress has been made in reducing PCB levels in the lake since the 1980s.

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