How to Become a Fishing Guide in Connecticut

Fishing in Connecticut

Individuals providing fishing or hunting guide services in Connecticut are required to have a Hunting and Fishing Guide Registration. All guides register annually with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, or DEEP. Hunting and fishing guides carrying paying passengers on a vessel on marine waters or any of the rivers of Connecticut, is required to hold a current passenger-for-hire license issued by the United States Coast Guard.

Requirements for a Connecticut Fishing Guide License

  • Create a Connecticut Conservation ID on the Web site
  • Fill out a form online or at participating town clerks, sporting goods stores, or at any DEEP office
  • Registration is valid for one calendar year
  • Registration fee: $100

Application Submission

Submit applicatoins online at the DEEP Web site, in person at any DEEP office, or participating outlet. Online applications require payment using a Visa or Mastercard.  


DEEP Main Office
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT  06106-5127

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