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Candlewood Lake, CT

Known as a smallmouth bass haven, Candlewood Lake is also home to walleye, trout, crappie, perch, sunfish, catfish, chain pickerel and largemouth bass. Not only is Candlewood the largest lake in Connecticut, it is considered by most anglers to be the best fishery in the state, at Danbury.

This 5,400-acre lake is located on the middle-western edge of Connecticut. 60 miles of shoreline zig-zag in and out over a ten-mile area. Several public boat ramps provide easy access for pleasure boats, pontoons, all kinds of fishing boats and other pleasure craft. Canoes, kayaks and car-top boats can be portaged from many areas around the lake. Many of the same areas provide access for fishing from the bank. Multiple marinas, restaurants, stores and lodging are all convenient to area visitors.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Candlewood Lake in Connecticut.

Primary fish species residing in Candlewood Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass White catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Rock Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Chain pickerel

Candlewood Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Candlewood Lake Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
860 350-2628

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Candlewood - Squantz Cove Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Route 39, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Lattins Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Forty Acre Mountain Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.


Brookfield Bay Marina
476 Candlewood Lake Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
203 740-2628

Candlewood East Marina
204 Candlewood Lake Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
203 775-2253

Chatterton Marina
5 Shore Dr
New Fairfield, CT 06812
203 746-9138

Echo Bay Marina
227 Candlewood Lake Road
Brookfield, 06804
203 775-7077

Nina Marina
10 Hayestown Rd
Danbury, CT 06811
203 798-7527

Click here for a Connecticut Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No Campgrounds or RV Parks

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Contact Information

Candlewood Lake
Candlewood East Marina
204 Candlewood Lake Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804
203 775-2253


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