Connecticut is home to a whole lot of beautiful nature, and that makes our state perfect for a fishing trip—even for kids!
Fishing is a great activity for family bonding: Parents get to mentor their little ones on how to hook a worm and master the outdoors for the first time, and little ones get to learn more about nature and self-reliance while having fun. It’s a win-win! No matter your age, fishing is for everyone.
If you want to show your kids the wonders of fishing but you don’t want them to be overwhelmed by the many popular fishing locations in Connecticut, where the “pros” can get a bit rowdy, here are 9 kid-friendly fishing locations you can try on your next fishing trip:
1. Silver Sands State Park / Charles Island, Milford
Fishing is just one of the main attractions here. Visiting Silver Sands is an all around great experience, from just spending a day on the beach to fishing. Fishing is open throughout the area, beware of swimmers around you. But the location is absolutely beautiful and great for a casual saltwater fishing trip. Entry is free to all visitors. Silver Sands is known for being home to bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, hickory shad and weakfish.
2. Kaatz Pond Park, Trumbull
Kaatz Pond is a lake located just 2.9 miles from Trumbull. This park has a state-stocked youth fishing pond, making it a great area for fishing beginners. There’s no easier way to spur on a love of fishing than going to a stocked fishing hole, where your little one is sort of guaranteed to catch something!
3. Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
Sherwood Island is said to be Connecticut’s oldest state park, where families gather to enjoy an array of outdoor activities like lunching in the shade of the picnic grove, swimming in Long Island Sound, and fishing on the at Sherwood Point, East and West Jetty during the open season (April 15 through September 30). Little fishermen can learn to catch blackfish, bluefish, scup, summer flounder, winter flounder and striped bass.
4. Crescent Lake, Southington
Crescent Lake is a scenic and peaceful area; a solid option for families with young children. The facility is open from 8am to 8pm, and allows for great outdoor activities like boating, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, and fishing.
5. Spicebush Swamp Park, West Hartford
Over the years, visitors have used this small park as an outdoor classroom for science and nature. Little fishermen will enjoy this location because it’s only available to kids between ages 5-15 (with parental supervision, of course). Fishing season is open until November 30th. Entry to the park is free but pre-registration is required.
6. Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury
Stratton Brook is a designated Trout Park. The pond is available for fishing and swimming. But, there are also great outdoor activities like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and more! CT Aquatic Resource Education Program (CARE) offers a free fishing education program to children ages 9 and up throughout the summer. Learn how to sign up here.
7. Lake Beseck Family Fishing Retreat, Middletown
Lake Beseck is a very popular location for residents because there’s just so much to do! Many go to a swim at the beach, grab a bite to eat at the Snack Shack or a walk through the Middlefield Dog Park. But for beginning anglers, the fishing area is ideal. It’s great for its shallow waters in the northern end of lake and fishing is accessible just below the Middlefield dog park. Take your family for a visit to embrace the natural beauty of the open space. Read more about park rules here.
8. Day Pond State Park, Colchester
Day Pond,once a resource to power a sawmill, is now a galore for pond fishing, swimming, and hiking. Day Pond is an attractive area for fishermen and perfect for beginners because it is stocked with trout. There is no parking fee, the park closes after Columbus Day weekend.
9. Valley Falls Park, Vernon
Valley Falls has a small beach that’s stocked with trout, a great location for beginners. Parking is $5 per vehicle, the beach is easily accessible from the parking lot. The park also contains picnic areas and is open for swimming seasonally, Sunday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. No pets allowed in water or beach.