Southernmost in the chain of the Connecticut Lakes, is the man-made Lake Francis. Built in the 1930s as an Army Corps of Engineers project for flood control, Lake Francis and its impoundment, Murphy Dam, are located just north of the village of Pittsburg. Murphy Dam is a ‘tailwater’ dam meaning its discharged water comes from a depth in the lake keeping river water cool all summer and providing excellent trout habitat. There are two public boat launches on this lake; one along Rte 3 and another on River Road. Lake Francis is home to Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Lake Trout as well as Landlocked Salmon.
Fishing season opens on the lake April 1 and extends to September 30th. Ice fishing season is January 1 until March 31st.
Daily limits: Lake trout, 2 fish over 18″. Daily bag limit for lake trout and salmon is 2 fish (2 lake trout, two salmon, or 1 of each) Salmon, 2 fish over 15″ Trout, open water, 5 fish or five pounds whichever is reached first. Through the ice, 2 fish. No length limit.