OCTOBER - 2013

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski

Steven Farnham caught this in Hudson Canyon. It was a 295 lb Bigeye Tuna and it was sold and shipped to Japan


Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM the first Wednesday of the month 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

Prime Time for Anglers                     by Bob Gregorski

Atlantic Salmon Stockings- The DEEP Fisheries Division has completed its first 2013 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon when it released 300 salmon into the Naugatuck River and Mount Tom Pond and 300 salmon into the Shetucket River and Crystal Lake (Ellington).

In the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket rivers, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon is one fish per day through September 30, 2013.  From October 1 through November 30, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only. The regulations for broodstock Atlantic salmon released into lakes and ponds are different from the regulations for salmon in the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers.  In each lake, the regulations for methods, seasons and minimum lengths for salmon are the same as for trout in that specific water body but the daily creel limit is one salmon per day.  The specific regulations for salmon fishing in lakes that have been stocked with Atlantic salmon can be found in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide. Read more about these exciting salmon fisheries in next month’s Newsletter.

The Atlantic salmon being stocked in Connecticut were raised in the Kensington State Fish Hatchery and are the progeny of sea-run fish that returned to the Connecticut River.  Salmon at this hatchery were raised to provide eggs for the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program that began in 1967.  Since 1992, surplus and spawned fish from this program were made available to provide a recreational fishery for Connecticut anglers.

The group of Atlantic salmon that were released ranged in weight from 2-6 pounds each.  In early October, approximately 400 additional fish in the same size range will be available for stocking.  Following spawning later this fall, DEEP expects several hundred additional salmon from the Kensington Hatchery will be available for stocking in November.  These fish will range in weight from 3 to 15 pounds each.

In 2012 the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program was discontinued due to storm damage at a federal hatchery and low returns of salmon in recent years.  DEEP subsequently developed a new “Legacy Program” to maintain the popular recreational fishery for Atlantic salmon in Connecticut and to preserve the unique and potentially important strain of southern Atlantic salmon that had been developed during the restoration effort.

Trout Stocking--The DEEP Fisheries has begun 2013 autumn trout stockings. Through mid October  about 29,000 will be stocked including: 12,800 trophy size brown trout (all greater than 12 inches in length and 16,200 adults are standard size (9-10 inch) rainbow trout.  Among the areas scheduled to be stocked this fall are twenty-three lakes and ponds, fourteen rivers and streams that include twelve of the Trout Management Areas (TMA) and eight Trout Parks.

 The Farmington River TMA received its annual Labor Day stocking with DEEP releasing 2,000 of the large brown trout (12 inches and larger fish) just prior to the Labor Day weekend. These fish were stocked into the sections of the Farmington River Trout Management Area from the Goodwin (Hogback) Dam to the old bridge abutments just below “Whittemore Pool” (Barkhamsted), and from the Route 219 bridge (New Hartford) to the Route 177 bridge (Unionville).

Among the other Trout Management Areas (TMA) being stocked this fall are the two areas on the Housatonic River. A total of 9,000 trout (1,000 large brown trout, 5,000 rainbow trout, 3,000 “yearling” brown trout) will be released into the Housatonic River TMA and 2,500 rainbow trout into the Bull’s Bridge TMA. The large brown trout are intended to augment the population of holdover trout in the river this fall, while the rainbow trout and “yearling” browns (5-7 inch fish) should enhance the holdover population for next spring.

Fishing in all sixteen Trout Management Areas during the fall is catch-and-release only. Trout Parks have a two-fish per day creel limit. Regulations vary on many of the other waters being stocked this fall. The DEEP advises anglers to check fishing regulations in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at  Print versions of the guides are available from many Town Clerks and bait & tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).

Fly Tying Classes (Fall 2013) will be held at Stop & Shop, Southbury on the following Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm
November 13, 20, 27, 2013
December 11, 18, 2013

  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.

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