CT DEEP: No fishing in emergency refuge areas

With temperatures high and water levels low, state officials have temporarily banned fishing several areas on one of the most popular trout streams in the region.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, due to hot and dry weather, has established emergency fish refuge areas along the Farmington.

“This is the first time in memory that we have found it necessary to take action like this to protect our fisheries on these rivers, and it is not a step we are taking lightly,” Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen said.  “The West Branch Farmington River and Farmington River are very popular and well known to anglers, who are attracted to the area from around the world to catch both wild brown trout that spawn in those waters, as well as fish stocked by DEEP.”

These areas, listed from upstream to downstream tributaries, include:

  • East Mountain Brook (Hallock Brook), New Hartford

  • Cherry Brook, Canton

  • Rattlesnake Hill Brook, Canton

  • Burlington Brook, Burlington

  • Hawley Brook, Avon

  • Unionville Brook, Farmington

  • Hyde Brook, Farmington

  • Pequabuck River, Farmington

"Fishing for these trout would put additional stress on these fish, and could lead to increased mortalities,” Whalen said.

Get more information at the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife Facebook page.