MILFORD >> A photo of a fisherman at Silver Sands State Park was chosen for the cover of the 2017 Connecticut Angler’s Guide produced by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

In the contest-winning photo, Derek Angel of Avon, is holding a bluefish, which he caught while fly-fishing at the Charles Island tombolo.

“I love fishing in the Sound. When this fish hit my fly, it was like a hammer. I had a great time trying to land this fish,” Angel said.

Angel’s bluefish was caught on a clouser-minnow streamer while fish were feeding on small menhaden or “peanut bunker” as the tide was dropping, making for some great fishing.

The guide showcases the species of fish that can be caught in state waters, said Robert Klee, DEEP commissioner.

The winning photo is chosen in an annual statewide contest.

It “represents the excellent shoreline fishing Connecticut has to offer through our coastal state parks, Enhanced Shoreline Opportunity Sites, or by hitting the water at one of the many state-owned boat ramps,” Klee said.

Angel said he was honored that the photo was selected. “The finalists were all outstanding and all would have made a great cover,” Angel said.

The photo was taken by Nick Walsh.

In addition to Angel’s photo, a selection of images from other finalists in the contest will be published inside the guide.

Contest honorable mention goes to Julia Pickering, New Milford; Harrison Vasil, Trumbull; Shawna Casper, Woodbury; Nate Lewis, Norwalk; and Stephanie Ortiz, Stratford.


The guide provides information on rules and regulations governing sport fishing and assists in the enjoyment of angling.

Distribution is scheduled for mid-March to accommodate changes in the marine fishing regulations. There will be no changes to inland fishing rules in 2017.

A version of the guide will be posted by the end of March at

The cover photo contest requires high-quality digital images to be outdoor scenes that include one or more people fishing or displaying a catch from Connecticut’s waters.

Anglers and photographers may send photos to DEEP for the 2018 Angler’s Guide cover contest. To participate, go to