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Jim O of Jimmy-O's Bait & Tackle.

Learn local fishing trips Sept. 18

Nutmeg TU resumes monthly meetings Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. In addition to an update on recent programs and upcoming activities, Jimmy O of Jimmy’s O’s Bait & Tackle in Bridgeport is scheduled to share fall fishing tips for the Long […]

Gerrald Berrafati and Tristan Wilgan of Monroe make sure last year’s Christmas trees will stay in their new home along the Mill River at the Easton-Fairfield border. — John Kovach photo

Volunteers use Christmas trees to reshape the Mill

Trout will soon have a better home in the Mill River thanks to a conifer revetment project. Volunteers from Nutmeg and Mianus TU joined others in the water to anchor last year’s Christmas trees, donated by the Town of Stratford, along the banks to reshape the river. Click here to watch a video from the […]

Nutmeg TU President Rich Rosen

Nutmeg TU wants you

The summer is over and the fall stocking should begin soon, along with the fall migration of the Stripers, Blues and Albies. I can hardly wait. The Nutmeg Board of Directors is working hard to put together a year of activities that will interest everyone. We had a fantastic turnout of 19 volunteers to anchor […]

Volunteer to help the Mill River Aug. 19

Volunteers are needed on a major project that will improve trout habitat in the Mill River, one of the most valuable and storied wild trout streams in New England. On Aug. 19, the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited, working with the Town of Fairfield, will reshape the Mill River along Congress Street. Once a meandering […]

Smallmouth fishing off; tour the Housy

UPDATE: There will be no smallmouth fishing on Saturday, Aug. 18, due to water levels. Instead, there will be a morning stream tour along the river showing where to park, the best fishing access areas, and tips and tactics to help you succeed in future bas outings. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot just […]

Connecticut Audubon Society Executive Director Patrick Comins checks out a fishing line recycling container at Milford Point. Similar containers will soon be installed as part of a project also involving Black Rock In The Know, the Ash Creek Conservation Association, the Town of Fairfield, the City of Bridgeport, and the landowners or occupants of the land on which the bins are being placed. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is collecting the line for recycling.

Groups installing fishing line receptacles

Parts of the waterfront in Fairfield and Bridgeport will soon be getting new recycling tubes for the safe disposal of the monofilament fishing line, which can strangle or disable birds who get caught in it, as recently happened at the Bridgeport-Fairfield line. A team of volunteers is building and installing the tubes. Madeline Dennis Raleigh […]

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 […]

New signs indicate that fishing is forbidden on the Stratford Seawall. — Stratford Star photo

Dueling petitions on Stratford sea wall

While the state tries to find a compromise to restore fishing access to the Stratford sea wall, petitions on each site of the issue are seeking online signatures. One is requesting that access to the site be restored. Another supports the town’s ban of fishing at the spot. Town officials say there is fishing access […]