Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Stocking begins...

A quick update from CTDEEP's website:

DEEP’s fall trout stockings began this week. From now through mid October, DEEP is releasing 29,000 trophy and adult sized trout into selected waters throughout the state. Approximately 12,800 are trophy size brown trout (all greater than 12 inches in length) and the remaining 16,200 adults are standard size (9‐10 inch) rainbow trout. This week DEEP stocked over 10,000 trout (7,250 brown trout and 3,200 rainbow trout). 
Rivers and streams stocked this week: The Salmon River (1,000 brown trout in the TMA, 300 brown trout below the TMA), Moosup River TMA (300 brown trout), Yantic River TMA (350 brown trout), Natchaug River (1,000 brown trout) and Willimantic River TMA (300 brown trout) in eastern CT; and the Mill River TMA (200 brown trout), Saugatuck River TMA (250 brown trout), Mianus River TMA (300 brown trout) and the Sleeping Giant TMA (Mill River‐Hamden, 200 brown trout) in western CT. 

Let's hope the levels improve for a good fall season!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Salmon On The Shetucket!!

Great news as forwarded by Jeff of Team7x!  We are offering "Salmon on the Shetucket" guided outings this for details.  If you haven't fished the Shetucket, this river can be intimidating and certain pools and runs tend to offer the best chances for hooking one of the Atlantics!  We'll put you in the right locations with the right flies!

Drag Free!

DEEP Begins Fall Atlantic Salmon Stockings
Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it has begun the 2013 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon.  DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division yesterday released 300 salmon into the Naugatuck River and Mount Tom Pond.  Later this week, DEEP will release 300 salmon into the Shetucket River and Crystal Lake (Ellington).
“Atlantic salmon are renowned for their size, beauty and fighting ability,” said Peter Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division.  “The Atlantic salmon recreational fishery has become quite popular, and catching one of these large leapers provides a thrilling experience for anglers”
The Atlantic salmon being stocked in Connecticut were raised in the Kensington State Fish Hatchery and are the progeny of sea-run fish that returned to the Connecticut River.  Salmon at this hatchery were raised to provide eggs for the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program that began in 1967.  Since 1992, surplus and spawned fish from this program were made available to provide a recreational fishery for Connecticut anglers.
In 2012 the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program was discontinued due to storm damage at a federal hatchery and low returns of salmon in recent years.  DEEP subsequentlydeveloped a new “Legacy Program” to maintain the popular recreational fishery for Atlantic salmon in Connecticut and also to preserve the unique and potentially important stsouthern Atlantic salmon that had been developed during the restoration effort.
“DEEP will continue to stock salmon fry, although at a much reduced rate, into a limited number of areas with the best habitat on several tributaries to the Connecticut River that were part of the restoration program,” said Aarrestad.  “Continuing to spawn salmon at the hatchery will also allow a popular educational program, Salmon-in-Schools, to continue and assist with research of Atlantic salmon in natural habitats.”
The group of Atlantic salmon being released this week for the fishery range in weight from 2-6 pounds each.  In early October, approximately 400 additional fish in the same size range will be available for stocking.  Following spawning later this fall, DEEP expects several hundred additional salmon from the Kensington Hatchery will be available for stocking in November.  These fish will range in weight from 3 to 15 pounds each.
Atlantic salmon broodstock stocked in the Shetucket and Naugatuck Rivers are typically released into three designated Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas:
·         Between Scotland Dam (Scotland) and Occum Dam (Norwich) on the Shetucket River
·         The “Campville Section” of the upper Naugatuck River from Route 118 downstream to the Thomaston Flood Control Dam (Litchfield-Thomaston)
·         The “Beacon Falls Section” of the lower Naugatuck from Prospect Street (Naugatuck) downstream to Pines Bridge Road (Route 42 bridge, Beacon Falls).
Anglers are allowed to fish for salmon in the Naugatuck River from the confluence of the East and West Branches (Torrington) downstream to the Housatonic River (Derby).  Anglers may also fish for Atlantic salmon in the Housatonic River downstream of Derby Dam.  On the Shetucket River, anglers can fish for salmon downstream from the Scotland Dam (Windham) to the Water Street Bridge in Norwich (the first bridge upstream of Norwich Harbor).
In the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon is one fish per day through September 30, 2013.  From October 1 through November 30, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only. From December 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon will be one.  During the open season in the rivers, the legal method for taking Atlantic salmon is limited to angling using a single fly, or an artificial lure with a single free swinging hook and no additional weight can be added to the line above the fly or lure.  Also, from October 1st through March 31st, fishing for other species in the designated Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas is restricted to the gear legal for Atlantic salmon.
In 2007 DEEP began stocking selected lakes with broodstock Atlantic salmon.  This fall, Mount Tom Pond and Crystal Lake are again being stocked.  Anglers may also very occasionally catch salmon that have held over from previous stockings of Beach Pond, Long Pond (Ledyard/North Stonington), Mashapaug Lake and Nells Rock Reservoir (Shelton).
The regulations for broodstock Atlantic salmon released into lakes and ponds are different from the regulations for salmon in the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers.  In each lake, the regulations for methods, seasons and minimum lengths for salmon are the same as for trout in that specific water body but the daily creel limit is one salmon per day.  The specific regulations for salmon fishing in lakes that have been stocked with Atlantic salmon can be found in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide and are also provided at the conclusion of this news release. The regulations for broodstock Atlantic salmon stocked into lakes and ponds will also be posted at each water body. Anglers can also contact DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH) for more information.
All other regulations, including those for broodstock salmon in the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers, can also be found in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online  Print versions of the guides are available from many Town Clerks and bait & tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).
Additional fishing and fisheries related information, including the Weekly Fishing Report, can be found on the DEEP Fisheries web pages at and on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page at  This fall, anglers will find updates on DEEP’s broodstock Atlantic salmon stockings and the fall trout stockings in the Weekly Fishing Report, on the Fisheries webpage and on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Will Conditions Improve for the Fall Season??

Levels and flows are dismal on the freestones in eastern CT and surrounding areas including the Wood River in RI as Everett reports, based on a recent outing.

The Farmington has experienced changing levels recently due to CTDEP sampling and rains.  The last few visits have been disappointing with windy conditions and sporadic hatches.  One blog that claims to be THE Farmington River authority has had little or no reports of significance in several weeks now.
Everett did visit the Swift recently with the same discouraging results for dry fly fishing to rising trout.

Let's hope for improving conditions as fall approaches...if you have any news to share, we'd be happy to post it up here...AND join our private mail list which continues to grow!

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We'll update as conditions and news develops and as always...