The lakes of Western Connecticut offer world class fishing opportunities and host hundreds of fishing tournaments each year. Fishing licenses are required and can be purchased online or at designated vendors. For more information, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) produces an annual Anglers Guide, which is available online at http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/anglers_guide/anguide.pdf. To purchase a license, go to https://ct.outdoorcentral.net/InternetSales.
Each body of water has different regulations regarding boat size and total HP – be sure to check the CT DEEP website:
(http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2686&Q=381794&deepNav_GID=1620) before you go! Regulations are found under in the boat launch section for each lake.
Candlewood Lake has been called a Bass Fishing Gem with world class Yellow Perch fishing. As part of the CT DEEP Trout Management Program, Candlewood Lake is stocked with It is stocked with Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Common Carp, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill, White Catfish, Calico Bass (Black Crappie), White Perch, Yellow Perch, Chain Pickerel, Sunfish, Walleye, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout.
Squantz Pond has been designated both a Walleye Lake and a Trophy Trout Lake. Other species of fish include Sunfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Calico Bass, White Perch, Chain Pickerel, White Catfish, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Common Carp, and Yellow Perch.
Lake Lillinonah is stocked with Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Calico Bass, White Perch, Chain Pickerel, White Catfish, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Common Carp, and Yellow Perch
Lake Waramaug is stocked with Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, and Sunfish