Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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Connecticut Ready for Opening of Fishing Season

Over 386,000 trout stocked for Opening Day

DEP to stock Trout Parks on Opening Day, families encouraged to
join in & help

Winter has finally left us and now it’s April. Is the gear
ready? Have your license? Made the plans to meet up with family and
friends? Opening day of trout fishing season is Saturday, April
16th and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has the
state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

Since early March, nearly 387,000 trout have been released into
over 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout
Connecticut and are now awaiting the state’s many anglers. DEP’s
spring trout stocking effort will continue through the end of May
and when completed, DEP expects to have stocked over 650,000
catchable size trout.

“Opening Day is an exciting time for Connecticut’s many trout
anglers, and they can look forward to exceptional fishing this
season,” said Dan Esty, DEP Commissioner. “The fish are in
excellent condition, nearly all of our trout waters are stocked and
anglers can enjoy a wide range of fishing options. Additionally,
Opening Day is a special time for many families, the traditional
first time to get outdoors together after the winter.”

Among the best places for families to fish on Opening Day are
the designated Trout Parks. “Trout Parks are easily accessible,
have picnic areas and other amenities nearby, and are stocked
frequently so that there are plenty of trout for children,
families, and novice anglers to catch,” said Bill Hyatt, Chief of
the Bureau of Natural Resources. “And as an added feature, families
will be able to help stock trout at eight of the Trout Parks on
Opening Day. We have found that these stockings are a real
highlight for many families.”

All eleven of the Trout Parks have already been stocked by the
DEP. The areas that are scheduled to be stocked again on Opening
Day are Black Rock Pond (Watertown), Chatfield Hollow State Park
(Killingworth), Southford Falls State Park (Oxford), Stratton Brook
State Park (Simsbury), Wharton Brook State Park (Wallingford),
Mohegan Park Pond (Norwich), Valley Falls Park Pond (Vernon) and
Great Hollow Pond/Wolfe Park (Monroe). All the remaining Trout
Parks will be re-stocked shortly after Opening Day.

DEP will again have Keney Park Pond (Hartford), Lake Wintergreen
(Hamden), Bunnells Pond (Bridgeport), Mohegan Park Pond (also
managed as a Trout Park) and Upper Fulton Park Pond (Waterbury)
stocked with trout for Opening Day. These waters are being managed
as “Community Fishing Areas”. This pilot program was begun in 2006
as part of the “No Child Left Inside” initiative, and is intended
to enhance fishing opportunities in Connecticut’s major population
centers.

Trout Parks do have special regulations, a two trout per day
creel limit. As many other specially managed areas including Trout
Management Areas, Trophy Trout Streams, Sea-Run Trout Streams and
Wild Trout Management Areas also have special regulations, anglers
are advised to consult the new 2011 Connecticut Angler’s Guide for
the current fishing regulations that apply to the waters they plan
to fish. The 2011 Angler’s Guide is now available at Town Clerks
Offices, many DEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing
licenses. Anglers can purchase their fishing licenses online or at
particpating town halls, DEP field offices and fishing tackle
vendors. Both the Angler’s Guide and the online licensing system
can be accessed on the DEP website at: www.ct.gov/dep/fishing.

Trout anglers will soon have a new convenience available to them
on the DEP website, maps of a number of the state’s trout streams
and rivers showing the many stocking and access points. DEP expects
to have these maps available online by the end of April.

DEP also reminds anglers that the invasive freshwater alga
Didymosphenia geminata, known as “didymo” or “rock snot”, was
recently found in the West Branch Farmington River. Additionally,
zebra mussels have expanded their distribution in Connecticut.
Anglers are asked to take proper cleaning precautions to avoid
spreading these and other invasive plants and animals to new
waters. Anglers will find information specific to didymo on signs
posted along the West Branch Farmington and Farmington Rivers, and
information specific to zebra mussels will be posted at waters
known to have zebra mussels and at other areas with suitable zebra
mussel habitat. Invasive species information can be found in the
2011 Angler’s Guide and on the DEP website
(www.ct.gov/dep/invasivespecies).

 

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