The opening day for trout fishing season in Connecticut is being moved up one week, from the third Saturday in April to the second Saturday in April.
This means opening day for the 2015 season will be April 11.
The shift is part of new sport fishing regulations that have been approved by the state legislature, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Pete Aarrestad, director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division, said the opening day change will provide “an additional week of fishing opportunities for both resident and non-resident anglers targeting trout, or fishing for other species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass found in trout waters.”
Aarrestad noted most school-age anglers will now have the opportunity to fish for trout during their spring breaks, as opening day will come at the beginning of that school vacation for most school systems in Connecticut. He also said it will be aligned more closely with those of nearby states.
Other fishing law changes
The state legislature’s Regulations Review Committee also approved several other changes in regulations that were recommended by DEEP. Among those of most immediate interest to anglers:
Anglers will now be able to use up to three lines (instead of two) at one time when fishing, except in specially designated trout areas (trout management areas, wild trout management areas, trout parks, sea-run trout streams and trophy trout streams), where the limit will remain two lines at one time.
CREEL AND LENGTH LIMITS:
The creel limit for kokanee salmon is reduced from eight to five fish per day, the special limits at East Twin Lake (Salisbury) for brown trout are removed, and for American eel the creel limit is reduced to 25 fish per day and the minimum length is increased to 9 inches.
Batterson Park Pond (Farmington), Mansfield Hollow Reservoir (Mansfield), and the Yantic River below the falls at Indian Leap (Norwich) will now be open year-round, the fishing season will now close at Scoville Reservoir (Wolcott) on the last day of February, and the season at East Twin Lake (Salisbury) is extended through the end of March.
WILD TROUT MANAGEMENT AREAS:
The portions of the Tankerhoosen River in Vernon located in the Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area becomes a Class I Wild Trout Management Area (open year-round, catch-and-release fishing only) and will be combined with the Belding WTMA to become the Belding-Tankerhoosen Wild Trout Management Area.
DEEP advises anglers that although these regulations have been approved, they are not effective until they are formally posted on the Secretary of the State’s website (www.sots.ct.gov). It typically takes a week or so following Regulations Review approval to finalize the regulations and have them posted.
For more information
There are a number of other changes to the regulations not mentioned above. Anglers can find more information concerning these regulations:
— on the DEEP Fisheries web pages at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing
— on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife
— in the in the 2014 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide
— in the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide that will be available in late March. Print versions of the guides are available from many town clerks and bait-and-tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division at 860-424-FISH).