Connecticut Drought Forces Fishing Changes

Lower water levels leave fewer places to stock rivers as fishing season approaches according to an article in

Thanks to the lack of rainfall so far this year, fishermen may have a better chance of catching some of the 376,000 trout stocked in the state’s rivers, lakes and streams in preparation for opening day of fishing season Saturday.

Rainfall levels more than 6 inches below normal for the first 3½ months of the year have made water levels at some favorite fishing spots too low to receive fish, said Chris McDowell, fisheries biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Fish that would normally be released there were taken elsewhere.

“We’re finding another area of the stream or a lake or pond to put them in,” he said. “We’re doubling up in some locations.”

According to the National Weather Service, the first quarter of 2012 was the driest in 118 years of weather data, with just 5.13 inches of precipitation falling, about 45 percent below normal. The three-month period also ranks as the warmest on record.

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