Atlantic Salmon Spawning Activity Discovered in CT

Atlantic Salmon. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Atlantic Salmon. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

According to fishingnorthest.net, this past November, Connecticut Inland Fisheries biologists discovered 3 redds, or nests, made by wild returning Atlantic salmon. This is the first documentation of wild salmon spawning activity in Connecticut since around the time of the Revolutionary War, according to the website. Connecticut had participated in a multi-state/federal restoration program from 1967 to 2013, when the program was terminated. During this time, returning adult salmon were captured and retained in order to produce millions of fry (juvenile fish) that were stocked into streams within the Connecticut River watershed. Connecticut has since shifted to a “legacy” program, in which relatively few fry are stocked in selected portions of the Salmon and Farmington rivers.

Read more about the evidence of wild salmon spawning in Connecticut.