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Fishing in Candlewood Lake: A Guide

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One of the best things about lakefront living in CT is fishing in Candlewood Lake. Encompassing the towns of Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman, this 5,400-acre lake is 17 miles long and two miles wide of fishing perfection. Bassmaster Magazine included Candlewood Lake as one of its top bass waters in the US in 2015.

In the summer, anglers of all ages and experience flock to Candlewood Lake to experience the thrill of the catch. During winter, when the lake freezes over, Candlewood Lake becomes perfect for ice fishing.

Candlewood Lake is a Trout Management Lake and famous for its smallmouth bass and trout, but it’s also abundant with other variety of fish. Ready your bait and hook, here’s a primer on some of the fish that can be caught in Candlewood Lake.

Largemouth bass

The Largemouth bass is the most popular game fish in the US. It can be found in every state except Alaska. The largemouth bass can attain a weight of over 20 pounds, but this is rare. Any bass over six pounds is female. The average weight of bass caught is two pounds. Largemouth bass are aggressive fish, ambush feeders that go after any prey that passes them. Even when this fish is not feeding, they are likely to pounce on lures out of aggressiveness. Largemouth bass thrive in murkier water and minimal current.

Smallmouth bass

Unlike the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass do not attain weights of 20 pounds and over. In fact, should you catch a five pounder, that would be considered a large one. The biggest smallmouth bass weighs 10 pounds – don’t underestimate the smaller variant. Smallmouth bass more than make up for its size with the fight they put up on the line when they get caught. The smallmouth bass thrive in areas with clear to slightly stained water with depths of one to 50 feet, with or without current.

Black crappie

The black crappie is the most desirable panfish because they are delicious when cooked. This fish can grow up to over five pounds, but they are normally three quarters of a pound to a pound. The black crappie can be very easy to catch during the spring. Utmost care is needed when pulling the black crappie off the fishing hook because of their thin, soft mouths. Black crappie thrive in warmer, slightly murkier with little to no current, with brush or trees for cover.

Rainbow trout

The rainbow trout is the most common type of trout, and also probably the easiest to catch. Most rainbow trout range from a half a pound to three pounds in size. It feeds on small insects, minnows, crustaceans, and worms. The rainbow trout prefers slightly stained to clear water with or without current. Many anglers catch the rainbow trout for sport, but it can also be cooked and eaten.


During spawning season, the male bluegill bear striking colors of blue, purple, and orange. Catching a one-pound bluegill is considered decent, but if you happen to catch one over two pounds, that may already be considered a trophy fish. The bluegill is a curious and feisty panfish that often comes up in shallow waters in the spring and summer. They’re great to get kids and younger fishers into the sport. Bluegill prefer slightly stained to murky water with little or no current.

Pumpkin seed

These fish are shaped just like pumpkin seeds, with their body coloring similar to that of a pumpkin. They’re relatively small and if you are able to catch one over one pound, that might be considered record-breaking. Pumpkin seed fish thrive in weed-covered lake bottoms in clear water.

Rock bass

The rock bass is another fish that is delicious when cooked. These fish are fun to catch on a light tackle or a dry rod. They are also smaller compared to the smallmouth bass and the largemouth bass. Rock bass thrive in clear water, with rocky bottoms and a lot of vegetation.

White perch

The prolific white perch are considered a nuisance in a lot of waters, but make nice filets and are great when fried. They can attain a weight of up to three pounds. The white perch is named for its silvery color that allows it to protect itself from predators. It thrives in waters that are 60 to 70 degrees.

To get more fishing recommendations for Candlewood Lake, reach out to a real estate agent who is familiar with great fishing in the area Contact Kathleen Harrison of Fazzone & Harrison Realty at 860.307.7203 or 860.354.0479, or send an email to kharrison(at)fazzoneandharrisonrealty(dotted)com.