DEEP: Helen Street School Students and Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Stock Trout

April 17, 2013
 
Helen Street School Students and Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Stock Trout
Lake Wintergreen, Hamden

Buy your fishing licenses on-line now in preparation for opening day on Saturday, April 20 at
www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, Hamden’s Mayor Scott Jackson and Hamden public school officials joined first and fifth graders from Helen Street School today to stock trout at Lake Wintergreen in preparation for Opening Day of trout fishing season on Saturday, April 20.

Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said “What a great experience for elementary school students who have learned about fish and water quality in their classroom to now join DEEP fisheries biologists to stock fish in a lake where anglers will be fishing Opening Day.  This is an experience the students of Helen Street School will long remember and we hope this fish stocking event encourages them to get out and fish with their parents and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.” 

Opening Day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20 and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.  Over 200 truckloads of adult brown and rainbow trout (nearly 380,000 fish) are being distributed throughout the state in preparation for Opening Day.  These trout are being released into over 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut.  DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May.

The DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® initiative continues to be one of the highlights for the DEEP and fishing has become an integral part of this program. Join us on May 11 for Family Fishing Day at Osbornedale State Park, Derby, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for a fun filled day for the entire family.  May 11 is also FREE fishing day statewide.  Everyone can fish for free that day—no license required.

Instructors from the DEEP’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program have already taught 165,000 students about water, fish, and fishing.  They taught the Helen Street School students last week in preparation for today’s stocking.  By combining classroom science with outdoor activities, CARE helps insure that these 5th graders will be stewards of our state’s waters and fish for years to come. 
 
Fishing licenses are available on-line at:  www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing.   New this year anglers under 16 years old are invited to participate in Youth Fishing Passport Program.  Free to all, the program enables a young angler and their family to participate in fun fishing activities and receive benefits from participating fishing businesses.  Details about the program can be found at www.ct.gov/DEEP/YFP.   
 
Anglers should consult DEEP’s 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide for the current fishing regulations that apply to the waters they plan to fish. Trout 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.

 The 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide is available at all Town Clerks Offices, many DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. The Angler’s Guide can also be accessed on the DEEP web site at: www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide.

Opening Day Stocking at Trout Parks

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.  The schedule is tentative and may 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 a.m.
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