HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection plans to put 15,000 channel catfish into 11 state lakes and ponds, including some in urban areas.

The stocking takes place Tuesday. It’s the fifth year the state has stocked lakes with catfish.

Five of the 11 lakes and ponds involved are part of the DEP’s Community Fishing Program, which stocks urban waters with trout and catfish in the fall and spring to encourage residents to try fishing.

The Community Ponds, in Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, Norwich and Hamden, will be stocked with catfish weighing over two pounds each and measuring 14 to 18 inches in length.

Before the stocking program, channel catfish weren’t found in Connecticut in significant numbers anywhere but the Connecticut River.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Sarah says:

    In a time in rural areas are actually using fishing as a way to help put food on the table only stocking urban fishing areas seems unreasonable.

  2. john says:

    your general fund at it’s best. what a joke. stop this crazy spending. give them cake, for free that is.

    1. Surfcaster74 says:

      Sarah and john! both of you are missing the bigger picture. the stocking of trout and catfish are for kids who cant get out of the community to fish and to keep them busy so they can some how try and stay out of trouble. Both of you should be ashamed of yourselves. “Give them cake”. What kind of comment is that. and who are THEM! Nobody never make ridiculous comments when trout are being stocked in other non urban communities……..instead of running off at the mouth, how about lending a helping hand or offer positive suggestions……

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