Photo courtesy Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, Hamden’s Mayor Scott Jackson and Hamden public school officials joined 1st and 5th graders from the Helen Street School on April 17 to stock trout at Lake Wintergreen in preparation for the 2013 trout fishing season, which opens this Saturday (April 20).

Opening Day Stocking at CT Trout Parks

All anglers, including children, are encouraged to help stock trout at the following locations on Opening Day. These areas have all been stocked once prior to Opening Day, so there is no need to wait until the truck arrives to start fishing.

Note that the schedule is subject to change.

  • Mohegan Park Pond Norwich: 8:30 a.m.
  • Stratton Brook SP Pond Simsbury: 8:30 a.m.
  • Southford Falls Oxford: 8:30 a.m.
  • Wharton Brook SP Pond Wallingford; 8:30 a.m.
  • *Black Rock Pond Thomaston: 10:00 am
  • Chatfield Hollow Killingworth: 10:00 a.m.
  • Great Hollow Pond/Wolfe Pond Monroe: 10:00 a.m.
  • Valley Falls Park Vernon: 10:30 a.m.

Additional Trout Parks, all stocked prior to Opening Day

  • Day Pond State Park Colchester
  • Natchaug River Eastford

Note: The Kent Falls Trout Park will not be stocked for Opening Day this year. Due to ongoing renovations at the park, it is currently closed for public access and will remain closed until further notice.

Community Fishing Areas stocked prior to Opening Day

  • Keney Park Pond Hartford
  • Lake Wintergreen New Haven/Hamden
  • Upper Fulton Park Pond Waterbury
  • Bunnells Pond Bridgeport
  • Mohegan Park Pond Norwich

Over 200 truckloads of adult brown and rainbow trout (nearly 380,000 fish) are being distributed throughout the state in preparation for Opening Day. The fish are being released into over 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut, and stocking efforts will continue through the end of May.

If you need a fishing license, you can get one online by CLICKING HERE.

Keep in mind that Management Areas and the many waters designated as Trout Parks, Trophy Trout Streams, Sea-Run Trout Streams and Wild Trout Management Areas each have special regulations. For current state regulations, consult DEEP’s 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide by CLICKING HERE.

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