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Nutmeg TU visits the Church Pool

Josh Lockwood, grandson of Nutmeg TU member Phil Jacques, landed this fish, held by Nutmeg TU member Dave Edgeworth, who guided the recent trip to the Farmington.

Nutmeg TU member Dave Edgeworth recently led a trip to the Farmington River, starting at the famous Church Pool.

Josh Lockwood, grandson of Nutmeg TU member Phil Jacques, landed an 18-inch trout with a hook jaw, estimated to weigh about 2 pounds.

More outings on the Farmington are coming soon.

Council to fish Farmington, meet July 25

Fish the Ovation Pool on the Farmington River in New Hartford, then gather for an informal meeting of the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited on Wednesday, July 25.

Fish Ovation or nearby pools as early and often as you want.

At 7 p.m., we will meet at a restaurant near the Ovation pool — Parrot Delaney Tavern at 37 Greenwoods Road, New Hartford — for our quarterly meeting. Everyone will be responsible for buying their own food and drink. Click here to view a menu.

Please RSVP to johnkovachiii@optonline.net so we can have an accurate headcount.

Agenda to follow.

Council meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of July, October, January and April, and are open to all.

Fish the Farmington June 24

Join Nutmeg TU for a morning of exciting fishing on one of the best rivers in Connecticut, the Farmington River, on Sunday, June 24, starting at 8 a.m.  You may come earlier if you wish, I will be at the river setting up and getting some quick fishing in.

We will be meeting up in the Church Pool parking lot: look for the Nutmeg TU banner and a silver Subaru Forester.

Open to everyone, beginners and experienced anglers alike, this trip is a great way to learn the river. Spinning or fly fishing, all are welcome.   If you are new to the river or fishing, I will show you techniques and strategies that will have you catching trout in no time.  If you are more experienced, I will have maps of spots you can fish.

Following fishing, everyone is welcome to meet up at the Parrot Delaney Tavern in New Hartford, next to the Ovation factory and the famous Ovation Pool fishing hole.   BYOL (Buy Your Own Lunch)

Please RSVP to David Edgeworth so we know who to expect.  Text or Email

(203) 627-5817 or email Eggsofan@hotmail.com

Looking forward to see you

Fish On!!

Dave Edgeworth

Trout & Salmon Stamp now available

New Connecticut fishing regulations went into effect Friday, requiring some anglers to purchase a Trout & Salmon Stamp, and extending the Mill River Wild Trout Management Area and making the Mill River Trout Management Area catch and release all year.

Fees from the Trout & Salmon Stamp will go to the DEEP to support fishing activities.

Highlights of the new regulations include:

TROUT & SALMON STAMP – A trout & salmon stamp is required for any angler 16 years of age and older fishing in a Trout Management Area (TMA), Wild Trout Management Area (WTMA), Trout Park, or Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Area; or keeping trout, Kokanee Salmon or broodstock Atlantic Salmon anywhere statewide (some exceptions for waters not stocked by DEEP that are stocked by another entity). The fees for the Trout & Salmon Stamp are $5 for resident anglers who are 18 and older, $3 for CT residents ages 16 or 17 and $5 for nonresident anglers age 16 and older.  The trout & Salmon stamp is now available for purchase on the Online Sportsmen’s Licensing system. Click here to read answers to frequently asked questions about the Trout & Salmon Stamp.

MILL RIVER WTMA & MILL RIVER TMA (Easton-Fairfield) – The Mill River WTMA is extended downstream to the Merritt Parkway and the Mill River TMA is now catch-and release year round.

FARMINGTON RIVER TMA – A small portion of the West Branch Farmington River in the Riverton area from the intersection of Hogback Road and Route 20 in Hartland downstream to the gas pipeline crossing approximately four-tenths miles downstream of the confluence with the Still River in Barkhamsted will now be closed to all fishing from April First to 6:00 am on the second Saturday in April.

FISHING SEASONS  –  Alexander Lake is open to fishing year round. Baldwins Pond and Green Falls Reservoir are open to fishing from 6:00 am Opening Day through the last day of February.

CATFISH  – There is now a creel limit of 6 Channel Catfish and White Catfish in aggregate per day, except in Beaver Park Lagoon, Birge Pond, Bunnells Pond, Center Springs Park Pond, Freshwater Pond, Keeney Park Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Lakewood Lake, Mirror Lake, Picketts Pond, Rowans Pond, Mohegan Park Pond and Stanley Quarter Pond where the creel limit is 3 catfish per day.

COMMON CARP  – There is now a creel limit of 5 common carp per day, with no more than 1 fish greater than 30 inches in length, except in Trophy Carp Waters (see below).

TROPHY CARP WATERS  – Batterson Park Pond, Connecticut River (including the portions of tributaries open year-round), Squantz Pond and West Thompson Reservoir are designated as Trophy Carp Waters with a one carp per day creel limit and a 26 inch maximum length for Common Carp.

METHODS  – Tenkara fishing (a traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing without a reel) is now allowed in fly fishing areas.

ATLANTIC SALMON BROODSTOCK AREAS   – The period when broodstock salmon gear restriction applies to all species in broodstock areas is now from September 1 to March 31 (inclusive).

TROUT PARKS  – Pasture Pond at the Quinebaug Valley State Trout Hatchery, Plainfield, is now a designated Trout Park with a 2 trout per day creel limit.

 Click here to read the new regulations.