Saturday marked opening day for trout fishing season in Connecticut.
Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has stocked the state's rivers, lakes and ponds with approximately 371,000 trout.
DEEP said the stocking of fish started in February and will continue until mid-May with 600,000 trout in total.
Four designated Trout Parks will be stocked again on Opening Day, and families are invited to assist DEEP staff in putting the trout in the water. The four areas and approximate stocking times Saturday are:
• Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford, 8 a.m.
• Black Rock State Park, Watertown, 8:30 a.m.
• Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth, 10:30 a.m.
• Southford Falls State Park, Oxford, 10:30 a.m.
The best places for families to fish on Opening Day are the designated Trout Parks.
“Trout Parks are easily accessible, have picnic areas and other amenities nearby, and are stocked frequently so that there are plenty of trout for children, families, and novice anglers to catch,” said Bill Hyatt, Chief of DEEP’s Bureau of Natural Resources.
There are 11 Trout Parks in the state:
- Black Rock State Park, Watertown; Watertown
- Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
- Southford Falls State Park, Oxford
- Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury
- Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford
- Wolfe Park, Monroe
- Day Pond, Colchester
- Kent Falls State Park, Kent
- Natchaug River, Eastford
- Spaulding Pond, Norwich
- Valley Falls Pond, Vernon
To obtain your trout fishing license, go here.