Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for Opening Day of the 2014 trout fishing season April 19, despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year.
More than 200 truckloads of trout are scheduled to be released into 100 lakes and ponds and 194 rivers and streams in time for Opening Day.
Trout anglers looking to test out their gear prior to the start of trout season can visit one of the state’s 15 Trout Management Areas (TMA), all open for pre-season catch-and-release fishing. TMAs are located on the Farmington River, Hammonasset River, Hockanum River, Housatonic River (two TMA’s), Mianus River, Mill River (Fairfield), Mill River (Hamden), Moosup River, Pequabuck River (including Coppermine Brook), Naugatuck River, Salmon River, Saugatuck River, Willimantic River and Yantic River.
Anglers can access up-to-date information about where and when trout are stocked on Facebook at Conecticut Fish and Wildlife .
In addition to the TMAs, Class I Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA) are also open year-round for catch-and-release fishing, and are located on Deep Brook, Eightmile River, Hawleys Brook, Beaver Brook/Merrick Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mill River (in Easton), Quinnipiac River, Tankerhoosen River, and Wachocastinook (Riga) Brook. Class I WMTA’s are typically not stocked. Additionally, downstream portions of 6 of the designated Sea-run Trout Streams (Eightmile River, Farm River, Hammonasset River, Latimer Brook, Saugatuck River, and Whitford Brook) are open year-round with a two trout per day creel limit and a fifteen-inch minimum length.
Anglers should consult the CT Angler’s Guide for detailed information on specific locations and angling regulations. Printed versions of the 2014 Angler’s Guide are now available at more than 350 locations statewide, including town halls, bait & tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds. The electronic versions of the Guide can be found on the DEEP website at the Angler’s Guide.
Purchase your 2014 fishing license directly online at Ct.OutdoorCentral.net/InternetSales or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105) to locate a vendor.