(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – Parts of the Farmington River are off limts to fishing.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says that’s due to the impacts of the drought conditions and the very warm temperatures on the fish.
Low flow streams of the West Branch Farmington and Farmington Rivers are impacted.
Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen says the fish are stressed–trout in particular–and they’re seeking refuge in the mouths of several tributary streams.
Whalen says its the first time in recent memory they’ve had to take such action to protect the fisheries.
DEEP will post signs indicating there’s no fishing within 100 feet of said signs.
Officials say the high temperatures have also led to fish kills and they’re asking residents to refrain from swimming and boating in the refuge areas.
These areas, listed from upstream to downstream tributaries, include:
East Mountain Brook (Hallock Brook), New Hartford
Cherry Brook, Canton
Rattlesnake Hill Brook, Canton
Burlington Brook, Burlington
Hawley Brook, Avon
Unionville Brook, Farmington
Hyde Brook, Farmington
Pequabuck River, Farmington