Trout stocking underway

800px-Salvelinus_fontinalisThe state DEEP is preparing to stock more than 378, 000 trout throughout the state in time for opening day of the 2013 fishing season.

This year, opening day is April 20. This year’s weather has made the task of stocking more than 200 lakes and rivers more difficult than usual, according to the department.
“Stocking nearly four hundred thousand fish prior to Opening Day is a monumental task in the best weather,” said Pete Aarrestad, director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “Despite challenges we faced, we still plan to stock all water bodies that have been scheduled by Opening Day.”
Over 200 truckloads of trout are scheduled to be distributed throughout the state in preparation for Opening Day. These trout will be released into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams, including the Naugatuck River and Bladen’s Brook in Seymour. The department plans to stock: 62,500 brook trout; 200,000 brown trout, including 6,600 over 12 inches; 2,000 tiger trout; 111,800 rainbow trout, including 15,900 between 12 and 14 inches; and 1,350 “surplus” trout of all species.
Trout anglers looking for an early start to the fishing season can visit one of the state’s 15 Trout Management Areas, all open for pre-season catch-and-release fishing. Management areas are located on the Farmington River, Hammonasset River, Hockanum River, Housatonic River, Mianus River, Mill River, Moosup River, Pequabuck River, Naugatuck River, Salmon River, Saugatuck River, Willimantic River and Yantic River.
Anglers should consult the CT Angler’s Guide for detailed information on specific locations and angling regulations. Currently, electronic versions of the 2012 guide can be found on the DEEP website, ct.gov/deep/anglersguide. Online and printed versions of the 2013 Angler’s Guide will become available in early April, though there have been no changes to the regulations, according to DEEP.
Fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at ct.gov/deep/fishing. Additionally, DEEP Fisheries and Wildlife information is on Facebook at facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife. This spring, anglers will find updates on DEEP’s trout stockings on both the website and on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page.
Anglers can purchase their 2013 fishing licenses directly online, or at one of the many participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEEP offices. In the Valley, permits are available at Ansonia City Hall and Seymour Town Hall. For a complete list of vendors, visit the ct.gov/deep/fishing or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue 860-424-3105.

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