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State reports strong saltwater fishing

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says tog fishing is strong in the Long Island Sound, with solid striper fishing in the Housatonic River and in Long Island Sound off local towns.

Click here to read this week’s fishing report.

Free Fishing License Day Aug. 11


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, Aug. 11, Free Fishing License Day.

The Aug. 11 issue of the DEEP’s weekly fishing report offers ideas on where and what species to target.

To fish for free, anyone, resident or non-resident, can obtain a free one-day fishing license — good for both the inland and marine districts — through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system or at any venue that sells fishing licenses.

The designated “Free Fishing License Day is one of DEEP’s initiatives designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources.

“Free Fishing License Day” reflects how fishing is much more than catching fish. For many, the quality time spent connecting with friends and family outdoors is priceless,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP Deputy Commissioner. “Many of those who took advantage of the previous ‘Free Fishing License Days’ have either fished as a youngster or have held a fishing license in past years. We know that once people come out and fish our many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound they will be amazed at how much they have been missing.”

The seventh annual Saltwater Fishing Day event will be held Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park on the Fishing Pier in New London, sponsored by DEEP’s No Child Left Inside and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) programs. There will be fishing and crabbing opportunities for the entire family. State agencies and other organizations will provide educational activities throughout the day. State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police will have a saltwater fish exhibit and be on hand to answer questions. CARE will feature a touch tank with live marine species.

DEEP says fishing should improve this weekend

FishRpt15 08-02-2018 Recent rains have refreshed Connecticut rivers to levels not usually seen in August, according to the Aug. 2 issue of the weekly fishing report from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The weekly bulletins also offer river-specific ideas on flies to match the hatch on destinations such as the Housatonic and the Farmington.

Information on fishing for other species, fresh and salt water, is also included.

Aug. 11 is a free fishing license day. Information on that is contained.

There are also tips for curbing the spread of “rock snot” in the Farmington.

Click here to read the full report.

DEEP: Trout seeking cool areas

Trout fishing is expected to be fair this weekend, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in its weekly fishing report.

“Conditions for trout fishing remain fair. Water levels are dropping following steep flushing flows from the line of storms earlier this week,” the weekly report reads. “While most of the rivers are entering the summer doldrums – too warm for trout, there are a few here and there. Best bets are to seek out smaller streams and our Wild Trout Management Areas (tend to have good cold flow year round).  Other places to try include the Qunnipiac River (Gorge Area), Salmon River, Scantic River, Mianus River, Norwalk River, Hammonasset River, and Bigelow Brook. As usual very good reports from the Farmington River (West Branch and mainstem) down to Unionville.”

Click here to read the full report.

There’s a chance later this week (on Wednesday, July 25) to fish the Farmington and attend the quarterly meeting of the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited. Click here for more information.