March - 2013

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

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Upcoming Events

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

Agenda – March 6, 2013

Call meeting to order and receive reports;
Trout in the classroom

Review any old business, discuss the next steps with healing waters and develop a committee and a chairman.

Discuss new business

Discuss dates to remember and possibly review a video Bob Gregorski is getting me on the area river walk.....

Any other business

Motion to adjourn

Note: Anyone interested in the healing waters and making a commitment to it should attend or make it known to Steve Farnham or myself prior to the meeting if they cannot make it.


Free Fly Tying Classes

Free Fly Tying Classes -- 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 27, March 13, 20, 27. 
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 contact Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or

March Angling Bob Gregorski

February 28 was the last day of the winter fishing season for most anglers. Some quiet waters may be ice free for the beginning of the Lakes and Ponds Trophy Trout on March 1. Starting March 1, most waters stocked with trout were closed to fishing and will open the third Saturday of April (4/20/13) or are Catch & Release. Marine and inland fishing is available from March 1 through April 19. 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 in CT are open to trout fishing in March. Each has its own set of regulations. Read the rules in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide. 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. Another option is fishing some of the TMA’s that always have trout; each has special regulations. 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 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”.

  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.