DEEP: Hartford Elementary School Students, CT DEP Commissioner,and Mayor Perez Stocked Trout in Keney Park

April 19, 2007

Hartford Elementary School Students, Connecticut DEP Commissioner, and Hartford Mayor Stocked Trout in Keney Park Pond

Preparation for Opening Day on Saturday, April 21

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, and students from Mary Hooker Magnet School today stocked 600 adult rainbow, brown and brook trout at Keney Park Pond in Hartford. Todayís stocking adds to the final preparation for Opening Day of trout fishing season on Saturday, April 21."It is great to be here today with children from the Hartford school system participating in the Departmentís No Child Left Inside initiative," said Gina McCarthy, Commissioner of the DEP. "This is a wonderful opportunity to expose children to this extraordinary park right within the boundaries of our Capitol city. I can assure you, the rains of the past several days are going to stop. Opening Day of fishing will be terrific. Families can get out and spend a fun day together at lakes and ponds across the state. I just urge everyone who goes out to be extra careful. The exceptional rainfall we have had is swelling our rivers and causing waters to be higher and faster."

Keney Park Pond is one of the most recent additions to DEPís new Urban Fishing Program which seeks to stock more ponds in urban areas ensuring that everyone in the state has easy access to attractive fishing spots. Keney Park Pond was selected for the program restoration of the pond and construction of fishing piers between the DEP and the City of Hartford. Also being stocked for the first time this year is Lake Wintergreen in Hamden. Bunnells Pond in Bridgeport and Mohegan Park Pond in Norwich will be stocked again this year.

Mayor Perez says, "This is another effort to give young people positive choices. Opening Day is a great day for families."

By Opening Day, the DEP expects to have stocked over 400,000 trout throughout the state. Inland Fisheries Division staff have worked for months moving truckloads of fish in preparation for Opening Day on April 21. By yearís end, the DEP will have stocked over one million fish into State waters.

Anglers should consult their 2007 CT Anglerís Guide for detailed information on specific locations and angling regulations. Anglerís Guides are available at all Town Clerks Offices and at tackle stores that sell fishing licenses. The Anglerís Guide can also be accessed on the DEP web site at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing