The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued the following fishing report for Connecticut:
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CHANNEL CATFISH – DEEP conducted its annual catfish stocking this week. A total of 5,800 adult catfish (14-18 inch fish averaging 2 lbs apiece) and 11,200 yearling catfish (9-12 inch fish) were stocked into 24 water bodies scattered throughout the state, including five additional lakes & ponds being stocked for the first time with catfish.
The adult catfish were released into five of the current Community Fishing Waters, Bunnells Pond (Bridgeport) – 750 fish, Keney Park Pond (Hartford) -300 fish, Lakewood Lake (Waterbury)- 800 fish, Lake Wintergreen (Hamden/New Haven) -800 fish, and Mohegan Park Pond (Spaulding Pond, Norwich) -550 fish, and two other areas also located in urban areas, Freshwater Pond (Enfield) – 400 fish, and Pickett’s Pond (in Osborndale State Park, Derby) – 400 fish. Five newly designated community fishing Waters, Beaver Park Lagoon (New Haven) – 400 fish, Birge Pond (Bristol) – 550 fish, Mirror Lake (Meriden) – 350 fish, Rowans Pond (Middletown) – 200 fish and Stanley Quarter Pond (New Britain) – 300 fish were stocked for the first time.
The yearling catfish were stocked into six areas stocked since 2007, Black Pond (Middlefield) -725 fish, Maltby Lake 2 (Orange/West Haven) -215 fish, Maltby Lake 3 -235 fish, , Pattaconk Lake (Chester) -725 fish, Silver Lake (Meriden) – 1,500 fish and Lake Wintergreen (Hamden) – 720 fish; Lakewood Lake (Waterbury) – 625 fish, first stocked in 2008; four areas stocked for the first time in 2012, Hopeville Pond (Griswold) – 1,285 fish, Quinebaug Lake (Wauregan Reservoir, Killingly) – 1,290 fish, Stillwater Pond (Torrington) – 930 fish, and Lake Kenosia (Danbury) – 695 fish; and three areas stocked for the first time in 2013, Batterson Park Pond (Farmington/New Britain) – 285 fish, Burr Pond (Torrington)- 825 fish and Scoville Reservoir (Wolcott) – 1,147 fish.
RIVERS & STREAMS – With both air and water temperatures continuing to be cool and sufficient flows in most areas (generally at typical level late May/early June levels – see stream flow graphic on page 4), fishing conditions for early June are approaching optimum and it’s looking like the weather will stay on the cool side with some light rains for the weekend. Bait anglers are finding success using worms & corn/mealworm combinations and drifting shiners. Fly anglers are seeing the beginnings of the annual bug-a-thon.
Fair to good reports last week from the Farmington River (later in the week as flows dropped), Salmon River, Mill River, Hammonassett River, Moosup River, Fenton River, Pootatuck River, Pequabuck River, Willimantic River, Natchaug River, Saugatuck River, Shetucket River, Mianus River, Eightmile River (East Haddam), Latimer Brook, East Aspetuck River, Jeremy River, Furnace Brook, Roaring Brook (Glastonbury), Housatonic River and Scantic River.
Farmington River – Conditions should be good for the weekend, with comfortable weather and clear, moderate flows (381 cfs at Riverton with the Still River adding another 113 cfs). Water temperatures are in the low 50’s°F.
Current hatches include Blue Winged Olive (#16-18), Blue Quills (#18-20) [a.k.a. paralep], Tan Caddis (#16-18; starting), Hendrickson (#12-14, winding down but are still available in the upper West Branch), Sulphur (#14-16) [a.k.a. Vitreus] and March Browns (#12-14). Blue Wing Olives (#18-20, mid-late afternoon, upper portion of the river), Caddis (tan/green #16-18, all day) and Midges (#20-32) are the current patterns working. Grey Stoneflies (#16-18) are also working well.
Housatonic River – Fishing has been very good and conditions for the weekend should be good. Flows are clear and moderate, currently 778 cfs at Falls village and 1,540 cfs at Gaylordsville. Water temperatures are back in the upper 50’s °F (will warm some through the day).
ZEBRA MUSSELS REMINDER
Zebra mussels are now found in a number of locations scattered throughout the Housatonic River and its impoundments including Lake Lillinonah (since 2010), Lake Zoar (since 2010) and Lake Housatonic (since 2011).
Prior to their discovery in Lakes Lillinonah and Zoar in 2010, zebra mussels had been found (1998) in CT only in East Twin Lake and West Twin Lake (Salisbury). Anglers fishing in any of these waters and western Connecticut in general should use extra care to avoid transporting water, aquatic vegetation, and possibly zebra mussels to new locations. Information
For more information including precautions that should be taken to prevent the spread of zebra mussels to additional waters, visit www.ct.gov/deep/invasivespecies or the Aquatic Invasive species section of the 2014 CT angler’s Guide( www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide).
Current hatches include Sulphurs (starting), Green Caddis (mornings & evenings), Light Cahills and Brown/Tan Caddis (#14-18). Successful flies include March Browns (#10-12, 4pm to dark, early stages of the hatch, Gray Foxes (#12-14), Green caddis (#14-18, early morning & evening), Light Cahills (#14), Sulphurs (#16) and Blue Wing Olives (#18-20, cloudy days). Midges (#22-26) are being seen at the mouths of tributaries. Golden Stoneflies (#6) are producing well.
LAKES & PONDS – Many areas are fishing very well. Places to try include Highland Lake (12 browns at 23 feet for one angler), Colebrook Reservoir (6 colors), East Twin Lake (20 plus fish for one boat, target 15-20 feet), West Hill Pond, Candlewood Lake, Lake McDonough, Black Pond (Woodstock), Crystal Lake (Ellington, 8 colors lead line), Lake Wononskopomuc, Beach Pond, Congamond Lakes, Mashapaug Lake, Amos Lake, Gardner Lake and Squantz Pond.
LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is generally good. Places to try include Highland Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Rainbow Reservoir, East Twin Lake, Mudge Pond (very good), Tyler Lake, Lake McDonough, Hatch Pond, Bantam Lake, Congamond Lakes, Winchester Lake, Pattagansett Lake, Pachaug Pond, Black Pond (Woodstock), Lake Saltonstall, Lake Lillinonah, Moodus Reservoir, Halls Pond, Babcock Pond, Rogers Lake and Mashapaug Lake. Tournament angler reports are from Amos Lake (good fishing with fish averaging over 2 lbs apiece), Pachaug Pond (fair action, with some nice size, averaging over 2 lbs per fish and a 6.61 lb lunker), Mashapaug Pond (OK fishing for largemouth, with a 3.58 lb lunker), Rogers Lake (good fishing, 4 lb lunker), East Twin Lake (fish were in all three phases of the spawn – prespawn, spawn, and post spaw, very good fishing and nice size, fish averaged over 2 lbs apiece with a 5.1 lb lunker), Bantam Lake (good fishing with several 3.5 lb fish and a 6.5 lb lunker), and Lake Zoar (a bit on the slow side, with only a 2.5 lb lunker).
2014 CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report No. 6, 5/29/2014
REMINDER TO ANGLERS-
FISHING IN OR CASTING INTO PERMITTED SWIM AREAS IS PROHIBITED.
State regulations prohibit fishing in or into a swim area that’s been permitted by DEEP. Additionally, vessels cannot be operated within a permitted swim area, and there’s a
100 foot “no-wake” zone around the perimeter. Swim areas that have been permitted by DEEP will be marked by white buoys with orange markings, and there should be a permit number posted on the buoys. They may or may not have small orange barrier floats to further demarcate the area. Should questions arise concerning the validity of the swim area (no permit numbers or the area appears to have been changed/enlarged or keeps moving), please contact DEEP’s Boating Division at 860-434-8638.
SMALLMOUTH BASS are being caught at Rainbow Reservoir, Shenipsit Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Candlewood Lake, Coventry Lake and Lake McDonough. Tournament angler reports are from Lake Lillinonah (fair to good), Bantam Lake (fair to good, with several 3.5 lb lunkers)Lake Zoar (fair) and Pachaug Pond (a few smallies keep popping up in bags here, including two in the 2-4 lb range).
KOKANEE SALMON are being caught from East Twin Lake and West Hill Pond.
CARP catches were reported from Lake Lillinonah, West Thompson Reservoir and Lake Kenosia.
WALLEYE have been caught last week at Lake Saltonstall, Candlewood Lake and Batterson Park Pond.
The river continues to be cooler that is typical for late May, extending a number of runs (shad, river herring). Flows are somewhat higher than typical late May levels but fishable and boat-able. STRIPED BASS are throughout the river and are producing some consistent action with legal size fish are being caught in the Hartford area. Bait is still producing well while top water explosions are becoming more common. AMERICAN SHAD are still being caught above Hartford. The run is still strong as Holyoke Dam Fishway has passed 246,042 so far this season (as of 5/27). WHITE PERCH are cooperating in the lower portion of the river. LARGEMOUTH BASS was fair at best in the Salmon river cove area. CATFISH are consistently being caught after dark, with many fish in the 3-10 lb range being reported. NORTHERN PIKE catches have been reported from the Haddam Meadows area, Chapmans Pond and Wethersfield Cove.
LAKE & POND BATHYMETRIC MAPS
Bathymetric maps of many of Connecticut’s public access lakes and ponds can be found online at:
Both plain line maps and maps overlaying an aerial photo available.
NOTES & NOTICES:
LAKE LILLINONAH – The annual lake clean-up organized by the ‘Friends of Lake Lillinonah” will be held this Saturday, May 31st, staging from the Route 133 state boat launch (this launch will remain open for use by the general public at all times during the clean-up). However, on Saturday morning, the lake level may be lowered (depending on Housatonic River flow conditions) to facilitate shoreline clean-up and use of the Pond Brook state boat launch by larger boats & trailers may be difficult at times this weekend.
MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE – A high school hovercraft race is being held at Mansfield Hollow Lake on Saturday, May 31st (raindate: Sunday, June 1st) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Although the race will be conducted from the state boat launch, room will be available to the general public to launch. Boaters should however use additional caution on the lake.
Data in the state graphic to the left are generated by the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) and are available on line at: HUhttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/rtU
A percentile is a value on a scale of one hundred that indicates the percent of data in the data set equal to or below it. For example streamflow greater than the 75th percentile means only ¼ of the streamflow values were above the value and thus would be considered “above normal”. Stream flow between the 25th and 50th are considered to be “normal flows” and those 25th or less are considered to be “below normal”.