Fishing in the Willimantic River Watershed

The Willimantic River and its tributaries offer fishing for nearly every type of angler. Inland fishing season for trout begins on the second Saturday in April. Fishing licenses and the annual Connecticut Angler's Guide are available at all Town Clerk offices and on the Ct. DEEP website.

Fish Stocking

Every spring Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection stocks trout along the length of the Willimantic River, and also in the Hop River, Skungamaug River and Roaring Brook. Stocking maps are provided online at the DEEP website, as are regular seasonal stocking reports

Fly Fishing

Year-round fly fishing (catch-and-release) is available in Tolland/Willington in the Cole W. Wilde Trout Management Area that extends from the mouth of Roaring Brook downstream to the Route 74 bridge. Access is on the north side of this bridge or from North River Road in Tolland and also from the westbound I-84 rest stop in Willington.

The Connecticut Fly Fishermen's Association has maps of the Trout Management Area and news and notices of fly-fishing events.

The Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors lectures and conferences on river-related issues and assists with trout stocking and stream cleanups.

Bass & other Warm-water Fishing

Eagleville Lake offers fishing for bass and other warm-water fish at the dam or from boats, including car-top/carry-in motor boats (8 MPH limit).

Fishing Resources

Visit the DEEP's Connecticut Fisheries Division for a list of good fishing spots and for more information on Connecticut fishing. To promote good fish habitat, allow large woody debris such as downed trees to remain in the water.