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  1. Fishing privileges are now a free and automatic benefit of membership in Middlebury Land Trust, Inc. Special fishing permits are no longer required.
  2. Fishing is currently permitted at Lake Elise, located where Longmeadow Road meets Middlebury Road (Route 64), and at Larkin Pond, located where Longmeadow Road meets South Street. Please see "Maps" tab on MLT website. Please park in designated parking areas; if full, please choose an alternate location or time to visit. Open dawn to dusk.
  3. The MLT fishing season extends from the second Saturday of April through October 31st.
  4. Each person fishing must be an MLT member (renewed annually), either as part of a family membership or individually. Please see "Membership" tab on MLT website.
  5. Children under age 16 may fish when accompanied by a parent who is an active member.
  6. All anglers over age 16 must have a valid CT fishing license.
  7. Anglers should carry their MLT membership letter and their CT fishing license with them when fishing, such documents subject to inspection by representatives of MLT upon request.
  8. All fishing is catch-and-release only, as we do not stock our ponds.
  9. Please do not throw live bait into the ponds, to preserve the ecological balance of pond life.
  10. Please check for and remove all hooks, lures, and line before leaving.
  11. Please do not disturb earthen dam stones, as the dam will be destabilized.
  12. Please do not litter. Carry out your trash.
  13. No public restrooms. Please plan ahead and/or carry refuse out.
  14. No boating is permitted on MLT ponds, to keep them free of contaminants and invasive species.
  15. Be mindful that you are sharing nature with wildlife that inhabit all of our preserves.
  16. All MLT preserve usage policies apply, as posted on our signs and website.
  17. Please report violations of these rules to our email address,, or to MLT patrolling personnel.

Happy Fishing!


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