The Department of Environmental Protection says it has begun stocking surplus brookstock Atlantic Salmon into state lakes and rivers. The broodstock salmon come from state and federal hatcheries operated as part of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program.
DEP says 100 salmon were released into the Shetucket River, 45 into Crystal Lake in Elington and 45 into Mount Tom Pond. Next week, 100 salmon will be released into the Naugatuck River. The 290 fish being released this month range from four pounds to twenty pounds. Another 700 are expected to be released in November
In the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only through November 30.