|Salmon River, Colchester CT|
For me the tradition of opening day has long faded, mostly because as my kids were growing up opening day conflicted with other opening days like baseball. Also with many Trout Management Areas open to year round fishing, I no longer have to wait for opening day to wet a line and chase some trout. But I still enjoying seeing others as they work on their opening days plans and preparations. For me I will most likely spend the early morning out in the woods scouting for turkeys, but I will most certainly stop by my local fisherman's breakfast and then head home to get ready for the family invasion for our Easter celebration and maybe, just maybe I will even run down to the lake and wet a line just to say I fished the opener.
|Willimantic River Rainbow Trout|
So for all those heading out on opening day in hopes of catching that wall hanger, here are some links with great information on fishing in Connecticut.
DEEP's Fishing Website
Everything you need to know about fishing in Connecticut can be found on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) website. Here you can get information about licenses and permits and even make an online purchase. Review the 2014 Anglers Guide for the latest fishing regulations and a list of lakes, pond, rivers and streams opening to fishing. Don't forget to review the Stocking Reports and maybe even subscriber to the weekly fishing reports. If you have young ones that like to fish or you are introducing to fishing for the first time stop by the Youth Fishing Passport page for all kinds of great information and special events for the young fisherman. Don't forget to stop by the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife Facebook page so you can share photos from your trips and to get the latest information available.
Check those water levels
I am always checking the water levels of the streams and rivers I plan to fish, especially after we've had some rain. Spring showers can blow out a stream or river quickly and using the USGS Website. You can use these water reports to view current conditions, see the median levels over the course of many years and to use it to gauge how quickly a body of water returns to normal levels after a rain.
Whatever your opening day plans and traditions are I wish you a very safe, fun and successful day.
Now get out on the water and enjoy!