NEWSREEL

March - 2011

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited


Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Dom Falcone, Bob Gregorski, Marty Petersen

March 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. Frank Plona will present "Is this the best trout stream in Southern New England?". For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or dafalcone@snet.net or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.


THINGS TO DO WHEN FLIES WONT FLY

4-02-11 Rosce Chamber of Commerce is having a Season Opener at Junction Pool .You can call the museum at 845-439-4810


TINQUE DAM- Bob Gregorski spoke to Jim McBroom (planning engineer who submitted the design) & heard the Seymour First Selectman say --The Tinque dam By-Pass is scheduled to go out to bid this year. Legal papers need to be finalized before then.


The Naugatuck River Forum
-- Dom Falcone and 135 other River Advocates attended the successful Forum on 2-24-11. See the Agenda. Dom & Bob will discuss the Forum at a future meeting. Bob is a member of the Forum Steering Committee.

March 2011
Bob Gregorski

MARCH ANGLING

February 28 was the last day of the winter fishing season for most anglers. Judging by the 18-28 inches of ice cover on most quiet waters there will not be open water for the beginning of the Trophy Trout seasons on them.

Starting March 1, most waters stocked with trout are closed to fishing and will open the third Saturday of April (4/16/11). Marine and inland fishing is available from March 1 through April 15. 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 2011 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.
Note: Weather permitting, the DEP Fisheries Division plans to begin stocking trout soon in the TMA's first, then lakes and rivers last. All trout waters should be stocked prior to Opening Day.

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 Angler's Guide.

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.


FLY TYING CLASSES

Free Fly Tying -- It’s 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 February 9, 16 and 23.

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, they will be provided. Now is the time to fill your fly box for this year’s fishing seasons. Stop & Shop is off exit 15 West/East on RT. 84.

For more information contact Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103.


SPECIAL NOTICE TO ANGLERS AND HUNTERS:

During the 2010 session of the General Assembly, legislation was approved and signed into law in April reducing many of the fees for sportsmen’s licenses and permits. This was followed in June by legislation authorizing a credit to be applied against the fee for any 2011 sportsmen’s license, permit or tag when purchase of a license, permit or tag had been made at the higher prices in place between October 1, 2009 and April 14, 2010. The credit amount will be the difference between the higher amount paid during that time period and the amount set by the new fee structure established April 14, 2010. For information about these credits, please visit the DEP website license fees and credits page: www.ct.gov/dep/sportsmensfeereduction.



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 website.

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