There are advantages to the warmer winter that we have been experiencing here in Connecticut according to CT DEEP. The warmer temps and no snow means that the waters are warmer then normal and the fish in the hatchery are more active through the winter giving DEEP Staff opportunity to feed more often making for larger fish to stock this spring. It also means the streams are getting stocked earlier then normal with over 12,000 fish stocked already. Normally we don't see a stocking of the Trout Management Areas (TMA) until early March. All this is good news for those of use looking to take advantage of the weather and get some fishing in. Most of the lakes and streams here in CT that have trout are closed to fishing from the end of February until opening day, which is the third Saturday in April. We are fortunate enough to have many trout fishing waters open year round and with the lack of winter there is good fishing to be had by all. I feel bad for the hard water ice fisherman, but I am excited to get out on the open water and maybe hook into one of these extra fat stockies.
Here is a video clip from Channel 3 WFSB from their report on the recent trout stocking.
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