Fewer Trout Stocked For Start Of Fishing Season

(CBS Connecticut) — Because of maintenance at one hatchery and budget cuts at a second hatchery, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will release about 90,000 fewer trout this year, than last year.
Fish will be released in seventy fewer bodies of water.
“Our biggest hatchery, the Quinnebaug hatchery, required some long-overdue and pretty extensive improvements to the well systems.  That required us to take some of our wells off-line. That also impacted our ability to stock the number of trout we would normally stock,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “It’s just routine maintenance on these systems that periodically require repairs.”
Production capacity was reduced at the Kensington Fish Hatchery to save money.
“Some of the locations that have not been stocked is because there are wild trout populations that reproduce on their own,” Fish Biologist Justin Wiggins said. “This is a good opportunity for us not to stock on top of those self-sustaining populations.”
Trout fishing season begins tomorrow.
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An interactive map of stocked streams, lakes and ponds is available on the department’s web site.
Here is a list of ponds that will NOT be stocked this year:
Allyns Brook
Durham
Anguilla Brook
Stonington
Bantam River, Fly Area
Litchfield, Morris
Beaver Brook
Barkhamsted
Belcher Brook
Berlin
Birdseye Brook (Mohawk Ski Area)
Cornwall
Bladens Brook
Seymour
Buck Brook
Portland
Burlington Brook
Burlington
Candlewood Hill Brook
Haddam
Carse Brook
Sharon
Coppermine Brook
(upstream of TMA)
Bristol
Cory Brook
Canterbury
Cox (Carr) Brook
Portland
Crystal Lake Brook
Stafford
Deep River
Deep River
Dodge Pond
East Lyme
East River
Guilford
Ekonk Brook
Plainfield
Fawn Brook (E.&W.Branch)
Hebron
Flat Brook, East Hampton
East Hampton
Gardner Brook
Bozrah
Giffords Brook
Columbia
Great Brook
Chester
Great Meadow Brook
Voluntown
Gulf Stream
Somers
HorseBrook
Plainfield
Howells Pond Brook
Hartland
Hyde Mill Pond
Ledyard, Stonington
Indian Hole Brook
Shelton
Indian River
Clinton
Keach Pond
Thompson
Lake Waramaug Brook
Warren
Lantern Hill Pond
Ledyard, North Stonington
Lathrop Brook
Plainfield
Little Pond
Thompson
Little River
Putnam
Long Meadow Pond Brook
Naugatuck
Long Swamp Brook
Middlebury
Lower Storrs Pumping
Station Pond
Mansfield
Marshepaug River
Goshen
Mattabesset River
Berlin
McIntrye Brook
Stafford
Mill Brook
Cornwall
Mohawk Brook
Cornwall
Neck River
Madison, Guilford
Norwich Pond
Lyme
Paine Pond
Ashford
Pattaconk Brook
Chester
Pease Brook (above WMA)
Lebanon
Pendleton Hill Brook
North Stonington
Pine Brook
East Hampton
Pootatuck River (upper section)
Monroe
RaceBrook
Orange
Raymond Brook
Hebron
Roaring Brook
Lyme
Roseland Lake
Woodstock
Safstrom Brook
East Hampton
Saw Mill Pond
Ledyard
Shaw Lake (Hayward)
East Haddam
Silvermine Brook
Norwalk, New Canaan
Sprain Brook
Washington, Woodbury
Stratton Brook, (Above State Park)
Simsbury
Taftville Reservoir
Norwich
Ten Mile River
Cheshire, Southington
Willow Brook
Cheshire
Wood River
Voluntown
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