May 7th, 2008
NEW MEETING PLACE Southbury Parks
& Recreation/Senior Center
561 Main Street,
Connetquot trip, October 10,
2008 $65.00 per person. 35 slots, reserve early! Send payment
to: Domenic Falcone23 Augusta Street, Oakville, CT 06779
TU is sponsoring a fishing Derby for Kids from
4 to15 with the main sponsor Army Corp Of Engineers at Hop Brook
Dam Naugatuck May 10, 2008 at 8 AM to 12 AM. We need prizes and
volunteers for the event
|Directions to Southbury
From 84 West take exit 14
-at bottom of ramp go right
-at light go right
-go through 2 lights and look for -the Laurel Diner on your left
-the senior center is directly -across the street
-enter through center door.
BEST PLACES TO FISH
BY BOB GREGORSKI
Look out fish! Here they come! Spring is the best trout fishing season
because that’s when the most trout are stocked and the fishing
conditions are good. And most lakes and rivers are open for most species
including: black bass, shad, Atlantic salmon, kokanee, pike, pickerel,
American shad, hickory shad, walleye and panfish. Every angler has his
or her best fishing spot and the following is a guide to some of Western
Connecticut’s prime, inland piscatorial waters.
Connecticut lakes and rivers provide a variety of fishing, and most
of the best fishing is in the western part of the state. Here are waters
that I consider the best fisheries and the reasons why. The three best
all-around trout, bass and panfish lakes are Candlewood, East Twin and
Highland. The best pike water is Bantam Lake; West Hill Pond is the
favored loch for kokanee, and Squantz Pond is the best walleye water.
The best early season trout rivers are the Farmington, Housatonic, Naugatuck
and Pomperaug. And the Connecticut River is the best multiple fishery-river
(American shad, hickory shad, striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth
bass, pike, white perch, yellow perch, channel catfish, white catfish,
bullheads, eels and a variety of panfish).
Candlewood Lake is an excellent bass and trout fishery. It has healthy
populations of smallies and bucketmouths. Reports of smallmouths in
the 3 to 5 pound range and largemouths 5 to 8 pounds have been the scuttlebutt
in the last few seasons. Those bulky bass that were released last year
should be gargantuan size this season. Candlewood trouters catch many
browns and some rainbows in the 3 to 5 pound range and a few bruiser
browns that weigh in between 6 to 10 pounds. Experienced anglers claim
that Candlewood has the most big brown trout of any water in the state.
And the Squantz Pond arm of the lake has its share of large trout and
some walloping walleyes. It should be a great year for catching perch-pike!
East Twin Lake
East Twin Lake has fast become one of the best trophy trout lakes in
the state. The large population of alewives, slot limits and a healthy
trout stocking program are the reasons why. The 16 pound 14 ounce state
record brown came out of East Twin in 1986 before the D.E.P. Fisheries
focus changed from kokanee to brown trout. East Twin may equal or have
exceeded Candlewood in the number of big browns per acre. Lots of bruiser
browns are expected to leave East Twin this spring. In addition, the
lake has a good supply largemouth bass, calico bass and smallmouth bass.
The D.E.P. trophy records of East Twin Lake list several calico bass
in the two pound range, many chain pickerel ranging from five to six
and one-half pounds and a few lunker largemouth bass. For those who
like bluegills, East Twin has a healthy population that are fry-pan
Highland Lake has a triple-treat fishery. The lake has many three to
five pound bronzebacks and 5-6 pound largemouths. Trophy Awards records
indicate a long list of smallies that were reported caught in the four
to six pound range. Highland Lake is classified as a lake that supports
fishable numbers of holdover browns. One excellent reason to go trouting
in the lake is the number of husky browns that have been recorded over
the years. There are three reasons why large browns inhabit the lake—the
state stocks the lake well, it has a healthy alewife population and
Bantam Lake provides an ultimate, exhilarating fishing experience when
anglers hook into a mini locomotive—a northern pike. Northerns
in the 32” to 40” range are caught regularly. A few small
gators the stretch the tape from 41 to 46 inches are hooked each year.
Some pikers believe that the new state record pike, one over 29 pounds,
is in the lake. Note that all pike have to be returned until May 1 when
the season opens.
West Hill Pond
Since the demise of “little salmon” (kokanee) program East
Twin and Wononscopomuc, West Hill Pond is the only choice for catching
kokanee. Salmon fishing at West Hill was fair-to good last year! The
netting of spawning adults last fall did result in the capture enough
fish to keep the program going. Fishing for kokanee does not look promising
RIVERS—The Farmington is best trout river, and the Housatonic
is best trout/smallmouth bass river. Both rivers have a respectable
population of large trout.
The Farmington River is one of the most heavily stocked rivers in the
state, and its water conditions provides a year round trout fishery.
The pools and glides between Hogsback Dam in Riverton and Satan’s
Kingdom in New Hartford are the most popular angler locations. The river
is heavily fished.
The Housatonic warms up quickly, so it’s a better trout fishery
in the cooler and higher water months. The best run of the river for
trout is the T.M.A. in Salisbury-Canaan-Sharon-Cornwall.
The Connecticut River is a fine fishery for black bass, catfish, carp,
eels, pike and the seasonal Atlantic and hickory shad and striped bass.
Many large smallies and northerns are landed in the river each year.
The bonus the last few springs have been stripers; big mammas and small
schoolies are scattered from Enfield to Old Saybrook.
Naugatuck and Pomperaug Rivers
Both rivers receive a healthy, spring stocking and are fished heavily.
Both rivers are shallow and heat up quickly; they receive their last
spring stocking before Memorial Day. There may be a few hold-over, old
breeder-Atlantic salmon in of the deeper sections of the Naugy that
will thrill anyone who hooks one. The decent number of trout including
some big breeders are released to give anglers lots of action during
the brief spring season. Both rivers have good access and
are easy to fish. Each angler has his or her favorite waters to fish
and will be out on the water throughout the spring and early summer.