Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Perrella, Bob Nikituk and Bob Gregorski
Monthly Chapter meeting Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Naugatuck
Savings Bank, 87
Church St., Naugatuck, CT. A board meeting will be held
at 6:30 before the regular meeting for board members because of
the February cancellation.
FLY TYING CLASSES
Once again it's the fly tying season. The Naugatuck-Pomperaug
Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding fly tying classes
Wednesday evenings at the Southbury Stop & Shop from 7:00
p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 10, 17, 24
Classes are free and open to the public. If you have your
own gear bring it. If you don't have fly tying supplies, vise,
hooks, hair and feathers, you can use ours. Now is the time
to fill your fly box for next season.
Stop & Shop is off exit 15 West/East on RT. 84 in Southbury.
For more information call Dom Falcone - 860-274-4103 or visit
OUTDOORS February 27, 2010 BOB GREGORSKI
March Angling by Bob Gregorski
Starting March 1, most waters stocked with trout are closed
to fishing and will open the third Saturday of April (4/17/10).
Marine and inland fishing is available from March 1 through
April 16. The species of fish available include: trout, pike,
walleye, stripers, winter flounder, black bass, sea-run trout
and Atlantic salmon broodstock. The five types of waters available
to anglers can be categorized as: Trophy Trout Lakes, No Closed
Season Waters, Trout Management Areas, Private Ponds and Marine.
Trophy Trout Lakes open in March -- There are trophy trout
lakes in CT that are open to trout fishing in March. Each
has its own set of regulations. Read the rules in the 2010
Connecticut Angler's Guide.
Streams and Ponds Open To Fishing Throughout The Year -- There
are 12 rivers/streams or portions thereof that have no closed
season for a variety of fish, including trout and black bass.
There are lakes and ponds that have no closed season for fishing.
Pike, sea-run trout, stripers, catfish and white perch are
hunted in the largest rivers in the state as conditions permit.
Trout Management Areas -- Another option is fishing some
of the TMA's that always have trout. There are special regulations
for each T.M.A.
Private Fishing Ponds -- Some private and club owned ponds
may be open to fishing in March.
Marine District Waters
On the marine scenes, the popular species pursued by anglers
in March are: white perch, eels, sea-run trout, cod, haddock,
pollock, striped bass, Atlantic herring, hickory shad, American
shad and blackfish. Note: The taking of river herring (alewife
and blueback herring is prohibited). The quality of fishing
depends greatly on weather conditions and the stocks of fish.
Check the marine regulations before fishing. The demarcation
between the Inland and Marine District are listed in the Connecticut
Fish Hunters - head to the open waters. There are plenty
of fishing opportunities before Opening Day. Remember -- the
time-spent fishing is not "deducted from one's lifetime.
Lifetime Licenses Must Be Renewed Annually
Tony Petrillo, Fisheries Biologist
(Researched and reported by Bob Gregorski)
After several communications with the CT DEP, here is the
answer I received on 2/1/10. Note: I did NOT know until 1/30/10
and asked to receive a confirmation before publicizing the
"I just wanted to clarify the lifetime license issue.
As you know, effective October 1, 2009, the lifetime license
for seniors (age 65 and older) was changed to an annual license.
This means all individuals that currently have a senior lifetime
license must now renew their license annually. Those individuals
who had hunting privileges in the past should be in the system
and should be able to go into the on-line system and get a
Conservation ID. If you are not able to get a Conservation
ID or a particular hunting privilege that you had in the past,
you will have to call the Licensing and Revenue Office at
DEP and someone will be able to assist you to obtain a Conservation
ID and ensure all your privileges are in the system. Once
you get your Conservation ID number, it will be a simple annual
renewal process. The phone number for DEP License and Revenue
is 860-424-3105 and the office is open M-F 9:00 - 4:00.
We did not issue any press release on this particular issue
but we will be updating our web page soon regarding this and
other related licensing information.
Please give me a call if you need any more information.
Federal Aid Coordinator
CT DEP Bureau of Natural Resources
Bob Perrella caught and released this nice holdover
brown on 2-12-10.
Pomperaug River Partnership Project 2010
TU Naugatuck -Pomperaug & Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
The partnership is with PRWC and N-P TU both 501-C3 conservation
organizations. A member of each organization will co-chair
the Woodbury section of the river and likewise the Southbury
section. The four co-chairs would comprise the Committee for
the project. Bob Gregorski will be the TU co-chair for the
Woodbury section with Dick Leavenworth (PRWC) and Bob Perrella
the will be the TU co-chair the Southbury section with Carol
Haskins (PRWC). Other people are welcome to be resources for
Phase One -- Identify all the access locations on the entire
length of the Pomperaug River for outdoor recreation (fishing,
hiking, observing wildlife, etc.). These locations could include
suitable parking and rights-of-ways.
Phase Two -Name the popular fishing locations (pools, riffles,
runs) and identify their locations; perhaps historical locations
of the Pomperaug River could be highlighted.
Phase Three - Make the information available to the public
in hard copy and Internet.
If funding is required, the partnership may seek it from a
variety of sources.
If interested, in Southbury contact Bob P.; for Woodbury contact
Note: Dave Peck & Don Meyer are TU members Southbury Committee.
DEP Fishing & Hunting Guides from Bob
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection today
announced that the 2010 editions of the Connecticut Angler's
Guide and the Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide are now
available online on the agency's web site. The guides can
be found at www.ct.gov/dep/hunting and www.ct.gov/dep/fishing.
These two annual guides contain details on fishing, hunting
and trapping regulations plus other necessary and useful information
for anglers and hunters. Printed versions of the guides will
be available at more than 350 locations statewide -- including
town halls, bait and tackle shops and other vendors selling
outdoor equipment, DEP facilities and commercial marinas and
campgrounds - in early April.
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:15:28 -0800
Subject: Meeting Minutes of the February 3, 2010 Naugatuck/Pomperaug
Chapter of T.U.
The following are the minutes of the February 3,2010 meeting
of the Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter of Trout Unlimited which
was held at the Naugatuck Savings Bank on 87 Church Street,
- Those in attendance were:
Dom Falcone, Martin Petersen, Ernie Ludwig (email@example.com),
Nick Ludwig (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mike Kaklamanos, Bob Nikituk,
Al Concilio, Don Meyer, Larry Folb, Dave Peck, Steve Farnham,
Glenn LaFreniere, Larry Wolff, Bob Perella, Bob Gregorski,
Sara Valentino, George Raemore, Tony Ames ???, Arthur Hornby
and Brandon Hornby.
The last two (Art and Brandon) are not T.U. members. They're
hoping to join.
- President Glenn LaFreniere convened the meeting at 7 P.M.
The minutes of the last meeting, January 6, 2010, were read
by Bob Nikituk. Motions to accept the minutes were made, seconded,
and they were accepted.
Steve Farnham read the treasurer's report. Motions to accept
the report were made, seconded, and they were accepted.
Glenn mentioned that our chapter currently has 269 members.
- Jack's Brook Project
Bob Perella told the group that the Inlands Wetlands permit
has been submitted. Hopefully it will be granted by the second
week of August 2010 so that the work on the project can begin.
- Mike Kaklamanos gave an update on the fly tying classes.
The sessions are attracting a lot of new people, young and
old. With the exception of the first Wednesday of each month,
they're scheduled for every Wednesday through the end of March
at the Southbury S&S at 7 P.M.
- A board of directors meeting was scheduled for February
10th at 6:15 P.M. at the Southbury S & S.
Note: Not held due to snow storm.
- There will be a fly casting clinic at the Newtown Bait and
Tackle that is scheduled for the second Saturday in April.
Bob Perella will ask for help from the membership at the next
board of directors meeting.
- Pomperaug River Items:
a.) Regarding the Platt property for stocking purposes, Dave
Peck spoke to the land trust and got written permission which
Bob Perella faxed to Bob Orciari of the Ct DEP.
b.) Bob Gregorski and Bob Perella will meet Monday, February
8th, with members of the Pomperaug River Coalition to lay
groundwork for the Pomperaug riffle/run/pool naming project.
- Naugatuck River Items:
a.) I told the group that I spoke to Chuck Lee of the Ct DEP
about the Tingue dam bypass. Although money was granted to
purchase the land needed for the bypass, at least three easements
to get the work done are needed. The DEP and the town/project's
lawyer are working on this. The deadline to use the stimulus
money for the project is the proposed complete date and not
the start date. The federal agency overseeing this project
is aware of the needed easements and time constraints.
b.) Bob Gregorski told the group that the Linden Park (Hop
Brook) area known as the beach will be site #1 regarding the
Greenway Trail. Meetings with various groups such as the Inlands
Wetlands commission, public works department and the fire
rescue unit will be scheduled to determine kayak/canoe launch
locations. Along with this, Bob also wants to name the riffles,
runs and pools.
- Salmon in the classroom:
a) Al Concilio and John Ploski delivered 200 'eyed' Atlantic
salmon eggs to Laurel Ledge school in Beacon Falls. Kids from
all areas are involved.
- Chapter trips:
a.) Bob Perella wrote a letter to Connetquot asking for the
second and/or third week in October. Bob says that we'll take
what they give us.
b.) Mike Kaklamanos called Creekside Cabins, and they are
booked through August. Mike will keep on checking.
- The meeting adjourned at 8:03 P.M. Motions were made, seconded
and accepted. The club watched the film Alaska Salmon.
These minutes are respectfully submitted by Bob Nikituk.