Casting a line as fishing season opens

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Tue., Apr. 19, 2011
Scott Lewis from Dayville fishes in the Five Mile River. Photos by D. Coffey.
Scott Lewis from Dayville fishes in the Five Mile River. Photos by D. Coffey.

Saturday, April 16, marked the opening of fishing season in Connecticut. Fresh water anglers in the Quiet Corner marked the day wading in streams, fly fishing in rivers and even casting lines over bridges in the hopes of landing their limits.

William Oster and his friend’s son, Gideon Chase, fished opposite sides of a stream off of Wolf Den Drive in Pomfret. Oster, who has been fishing since he was 6, and Chase, who started when he was 3, had been out since 6 a.m. in the 40-degree weather. Oster had caught one rainbow and three brook trout, and he was looking forward to dinner that night.

Carl Chattel, of Danielson, was plying the waters of the Quinebaug River at the Danielson/Pomfret town line. His son fished 50 feet upstream from him.

“It’s a sort of tradition,” Chattel said. “Every year my son and I get out. We usually take canoes, but it’s too cold.” He was looking for trout, mainly to pay for the $28 license, he said. He cast the line and put the pole on the ground. “I’m a lazy fisherman,” he said.

Lazy fishermen who wanted an almost guaranteed catch could have gone to one of Connecticut’s 11 trout parks. All of them have been stocked with trout by the DEP. Some will be stocked again shortly after opening day. The creel limit at state trout parks is two fish per day.

Scott Lewis, of Dayville, just walked across the street from his house to the Five Mile River, where he donned waders and cast for trout. Four years ago, his 12-year-old daughter asked him to take her fishing. He got hooked on the sport, but she lost interest. Lewis had been out for four hours using a black stone fly, but hadn’t had any luck.

“It can be very frustrating and very relaxing at the same time,” he said.

Anglers should consult the 2011 Connecticut Angler’s Guide for the current fishing regulations that apply to the waters they plan to fish.

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