OCTOBER - 2015

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

Ernie Ludwig  | Vice President  | Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter                   
203-560-2053 | |
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Hello all,

Please read the following information regarding our new location for meetings in Naugatuck;

The Naugatuck/Pomperaug TU Chapter 281 will no longer be meeting at ION Bank after Aug, 15 2015. Starting in September we scheduled to have our meetings at ION 's Community Center Building at 270 CHURCH Street, Naugatuck, CT. The ION Bank Community center building located next to the YMCA which is just up the street from where we originally held our last meeting in June. The building is to the left side when facing the YMCA. There is plenty of parking on the opposite side in the parking lot.

This month we will have a speaker Tim Daly to speak on Project Healing waters Fly Fishing Inc. and starting the project up again in West Haven at the VA hospital that is now under new management.

Hope to see you all there on Wednesday October 7th.

Ernest J Ludwig VP Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter TU

Ph: 203-639-2643
Cell: 203-560-2053

Submitted by Bob Gregorski with information from Tim Wildman & Tim Barry DEEP Fisheries.

Spring 2015 Fish Counts — Kinneytown Fishladder
The Kinneytown Fishladder is located on the Naugatuck River at the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour, CT. This spring the Fishway opened on April 6 and closed June 26. All the fish passing through the viewing window are recorded on video. DEEP Fisheries staff then view and record what passed. Here is the data for the 323 fish that swam to the upper river this spring:
Alewife 1, Striped bass 3, Sea lamprey 136, Broodstock Atlantic Salmon 8, Brown trout 7, Brook trout 2, White sucker 98, Common carp 8, White catfish 2, Smallmouth bass 57 and Walleye 1.

The fish ladder has been in place at the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour since 1999. It’ usually in operation May through September. Historically, about 25 species of fish have been using it to migrate up and down the river. They include: The American shad, striped bass, white sucker, gizzard shad, sea-run brown trout, sea-run tiger trout, brown trout, brook trout, tiger trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, common carp, Atlantic salmon surplus broodstock, blueback herring, alewife, sea lamprey, American eel, common carp, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish and walleye. A detailed list of have used it can be found on the Trout Unlimited website under Fishladder presented on the HOME PAGE.

It is not known how many of these fish proceeded up river via the fish passage way on the Tinque Dam. The by-pass over the falls at the Tinque Dam in Seymour was completed in 2014. Fish migrating upriver from the Kinneytown Fishladder can ascend over the Tinque Dam/Falls about one mile upriver via a channel.

Shad and Herring Stocked
In the spring of 2015, the DEEP Fisheries Division stocked Alewife and American Shad to the Naugatuck River at the Riverbend Park in Beacon Falls. The 1,000 Alewife came from Brides Pond ( Old Lyme)163 American Shad from Holyoke, MA Fishlift. The stocking of shad and river herring stocking in the Naugatuck River has continued since 1996 and 2002 respectively.

Broodstock Atlantic Salmon
According to Tim Barry, Supervising Fisheries Biologist DEEP, Western HQ, the Broodstock Atlantic Salmon fishing program is still on course. “The total numbers were reduced somewhat when the Feds. pulled out of the salmon culture hatchery up in White River Jct. in Vermont (keep in mind that these were mostly smaller 1 and 2 year old excess broodstock that we tried to stock earlier). Our numbers from Kensington continue to remain consistent. We plan to proceed as usual with a stocking in October (with surplus 2+ yr old fish) and then a small number of unripe of the 3 and 4 year old fish (the potential spawners) in early Nov. Then the large slug of spent broodstcok (4 year olds) in early to mid-Dec. This is what we have done normally.”


Free Membership for Women
Expanding TU's Membership Base.

And speaking of new members, do you know any women who enjoy our sport, conservation or both? Well, TU is interested in attracting more women to the organization and for a limited time is offering women free memberships. feel free to share this information with any women anglers or conservationists you might now. Let's all work to expand our influence.

  Membership Renewals:
Recent changes have been made to TU's policy toward membership renewals. Individual chapters no longer receive a portion of each renewal. As such, please send renewals directly to TU national or renew on the web site.

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