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Electrofishing surveys on Farmington, Housatonic

The DEEP found healthy populations of trout and smallmouth during electrofishing surveys of the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers (DEEP Photo)

The DEEP Inland Fisheries Division recently completed annual electrofishing surveys on the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers.

The trout and smallmouth are doing well, with some very impressive fish sampled, according to the DEEP.

Electrofishing is a non-lethal method to efficiently collect fish from a waterbody. In large rivers like the Farmington and the Housatonic, the sampling crew walk slowly upstream with 2 probes powered by a generator towed behind in a canoe. The stunned fish are netted and quickly transferred into “live cars”, large wood and wire containment boxes, which are kept downstream of the electrical field so the fish can recover.

Click here to see some photos on the DEEP Facebook page.

Nutmeg camping trip May 31-June 2

Ron Merly shows the size of the fish that can be caught on the annual Nutmeg TU camping trip along the Housatonic.

The Nutmeg Chapter will host our 7th annual Housatonic River Fly fishing and Camping weekend on May 31-June 2 at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon.  Members are invited to come for the weekend, a day, or just to fish the evening hatch and enjoy the beauty of the river and its surroundings.   Typically there are all sorts of bugs hatching at this time and several members have caught large trout at past events.

If you wish to camp, please go to either the Houastonic Meadows website or to ReserveAmerica to reserve a campsite.  Camping fees are $17 per night and a $9 reservation charge.  We have already reserved Site #43 for the weekend so if you want to be near other Nutmeg TUers, please reserve a nearby site.