Nearly 400,000 trout have made their way into Connecticut’s rivers and ponds thanks to the Connecticut DEEP and the Fisheries Management Program and today’s the big day for you to fish them out. Of course half the fun of fishing on Opening Day is showing off your catch so be sure to add your photos to this gallery here; just click the box above "Upload Photos & Videos".
Around the state, the DEEP reports 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams have been stocked with various types of trout in anticipation of opening day. Stocking efforts, they stated, will continue through the end of May with more than 600,000 “catchable-size-trout” added to our waters. Here in at the , the a total 300 brown trout and will return two to three times during season to add about 300 more each trip.
According to the DEEP, all eleven of the Trout Parks in the state – the Supply Ponds is not an official Trout Park – have already been stocked and the areas scheduled to be stocked again on Opening Day are: Black Rock Pond (Watertown), Chatfield Hollow State Park (Killingworth), Southford Falls State Park (Oxford), Stratton Brook State Park (Simsbury), Wharton Brook State Park (Wallingford), Mohegan Park Pond (Norwich), Valley Falls Park Pond (Vernon) and Great Hollow Pond/Wolfe Park (Monroe) (see stocking times in the chart below). All the remaining Trout Parks will be re-stocked shortly after Opening Day.
In a press release, the DEEP touts their “Community Fishing Areas,” an initiative first made possible through No Child Left Inside in 2006. Community Fishing Areas, which will also be stocked with trout, include: Keney Park Pond (Hartford), Lake Wintergreen (Hamden), Bunnells Pond (Bridgeport), Mohegan Park Pond (also managed as a Trout Park) and Upper Fulton Park Pond (Waterbury).
Though there's plenty of trout to go around, the DEEP has recognized that low stream flows have reduced stocking capabilities all over the state. “This spring a number of anglers have expressed concern about low stream flows,” the DEEP stated. “A warm winter with little to no snowpack and a very dry March and early April have left flows in many streams well below typical April levels.” The DEEP maintains that all but a few places were stocked despite the low stream flows but they warn, if levels remain low, there could be a number of changes to their in-season spring stocking schedules. “Anglers will be able to find updated trout stocking information (including any changes) in DEEP’s “Weekly Fishing Report” which will be available at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing beginning next week.”
You can head over to the DEEP website to download maps of local fishing areas.
Here in Branford you can obtain a fishing license at or online at the DEEP website. See chart below for prices.
Download the attached DEEP 2012 Angler’s Guide to ensure you are making the most out of this fishing season!Fishing License Prices
Resident Inland Fishing
Resident All Waters Fishing
Resident Senior Citizen (65 and older) - Inland Fishing
Free (Requires Annual Renewal)
Nonresident Season-Inland Fishing
Nonresident Season-All Waters Fishing
Nonresident Three Day Inland Fishing
The following species & sizes of trout & salmon will be stocked for Opening Day, 2012:
(10-12 inch brook/brown hybrid)
(3-10 pound trout – all species)
Atlantic salmon broodstock
(1-2 pound salmon)
The following is a list of the designated Trout Parks in Connecticut, approximate stocking times are given for the areas scheduled to be stocked on Opening Day:
Opening Day stocking time
Black Rock State Park* (Watertown)
Chatfield Hollow State Park* (Killingworth)
Day Pond (Colchester)
Mohegan Park Pond (Norwich)*
Kent Falls State Park (Kent)
Natchaug River (Eastford)
Southford Falls State Park* (Oxford)
Stratton Brook State Park* (Simsbury)
Valley Falls Pond (Vernon)*
Wharton Brook State Park* (Wallingford)
Wolfe Park – Great Hollow Lake* (Monroe)
*Stocked on Opening Day
Note- all times approximate