Fishing season opened on April 16 with no problems reported

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Thu., Apr. 21, 2011
A fisherman finds a great location to toss a line into a brook in Stafford on fishing season's opening day. Photos by Lauri Voter.
A fisherman finds a great location to toss a line into a brook in Stafford on fishing season's opening day. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Fishing season officially opened in Connecticut on Saturday, April 16. Die-hard fishing enthusiasts spent the day casting lines, while battling chilly temperatures and overcast skies.

JT's Fly Shop, located at 664 Buckley Highway in Union, began preparing for fishing season the week prior to opening day by holding its spring fling fishermen's flea market. The event featured vendors demonstrating rods, reels and various fishing gear.

JT's opened its doors at 4 a.m. on April 16, to “sell bait, tackle and equipment,” said owner Jim Trinque, who also said that JT's sold “quite a few fishing licenses.”

Fishermen in Stafford and Union typically sport their fishing vests, grab their gear and head to their favorite fishing spots early in the morning on opening day. There are plenty of fish out there to catch.

According to the state of Connecticut Department of Environment Protection's website, “nearly 387,000 trout have been released into over 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are now awaiting the state’s many anglers. DEP’s spring trout stocking effort will continue through the end of May, and when completed, DEP expects to have stocked over 650,000 catchable size trout.”

According to Matthew Tomassone, environmental police sergeant with the state of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, “Overall, the day was a success,” with several fishermen catching fish on opening day, and subsequently.

Tomassone reported that there were 46 opening day incidents state-wide, but that there was no illegal activity, no complaints and no problems reported in Ashford, Stafford, Union and Willington – either on opening day or in the pre-season.

“I'm surprised...I have a whole stack of pre-season violations in other towns, but not in those towns,” said Tomassone.

Tomassone does not think the undesirable weather had any real effect on opening day turnout, saying, “I think our angling public, that takes part on opening day, takes parts rain or shine.”


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