September - 2012

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

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Upcoming Events
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Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck,   For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit

CT DEEP celebrates its 75th anniversary in September.

Watertown Fire Explorer
1st Golf Classic
September 11, 2012
Golfers and sponsors are needed asap. Please consider a foursome or single for golf and or a flag or cart sponsor. Please reply asap.

President's Notes

Members will be electing two officers at the September 5, meeting at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. President and Secretary are up for election this year, they are two year terms alternating with Vice President and Treasurer. We will accept nominations starting now and at the meeting. It would be nice if anyone is interested in either position if they would make their intentions known sooner than later. I also would like to see a strong showing of interest in voting for these positions.

Glenn Lafreniere

September Fishing
by Bob Gregorski

On the fishing scenes, some lakes, ponds, rivers and streams will be stocked with trout or the first time since Memorial Day. Trout seekers should have good trout fishing for several weeks in the waters that have been stocked. Black bass, walleye and northern pike along with most species of fish begin to put on the feed bag in preparation for fall and winter. Autumn begins on September 22 (the Autumnal Equinox). The number of hours of daylight has decreased since June 20 (the first day of summer - the Summer Solstice). So the hunting and fishing opportunities for most people will continue to decrease daily until spring.

September is a great time to fish marine waters. On the saltwater scene, anglers can target: bluefish, stripers, false albacore, Atlantic bonito, porgy, fluke, black sea bass, tautog (split season-check regulations) and hickory shad.

Two fish that some anglers seek from shore are snapper blues and hickory shad. Snappers are 7-9 inches long and feed heavily before migrating southward. Any light-weight fly or spinning outfit will do. Tiny flies, lures and bait fish (usually sold frozen) will catch snappers. The Snapper-Popper is one of the most popular lures used to catch these hard fighting small fish. Basically it is comprised of a foam popper which creates a wakes and makes noise when pulled through the water, a two foot length of leader to which a hook is attached. Covering the hook is plastic tubing which may be one of many colors. As the Snapper-Popper is reeled in, snappers will attack the plastic covered hook. Thousands of snapper are caught using this snapper device/lure each year. Some anglers make their own rigs using a casting bubble-float with the leader and hook attached.

The bag limit is ten blue fish per angler per day regardless of size. Anglers who harvest these small blues have said they are delicious. Unfortunately it takes six to ten to make a meal for one person. The down side is – every one that is harvested translates to one less 3 to 4 pound chopper next season.

Popular snapper locations include the DEP piers in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, lower sections of the Connecticut, Niantic, Thames and Housatonic rivers, jetties at Rocky Neck and Hammonasett State Parks and most coastal harbors, estuaries and beaches.

  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.

Trout Unlimited's Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watershed.