DEEP thinking to benefit area anglers

March 31, 2014 by  

Manchester fishermen will be happy to know the Department of Energy and Environmental Protections (DEEP) will be including Manchester when it does its preseason fish stocking.

This year, the state will be stocking 11 water bodies in total for Connecticut’s Community Fishing Waters program; up from the original five fishing spots. The initiative, launched in 2006, stocks urban waters with trout during spring, as well as channel catfish for early summer.

Since the program’s inception, participation and the quantity of fish being caught have increased at the local ponds and lakes being stocked. Rob Klee, DEEP’s commissioner, explained:

“Our research also showed that 97 percent of the people fishing in these waters traveled less than five miles, sometimes using public transportation, to get there.”

In addition to the urban waterways being stocked, like Manchester’s Center Springs Park Pond, DEEP is stocking 100 standing bodies of water in addition to 200 rivers and streams. With fishing season starting in just over two weeks, DEEP anticipates releasing 500,000 trout prior to then and an additional 250,000 before the end of the season.

Additional information, such as fishing regulations, locations, and how to buy fishing licenses in Connecticut can be found at DEEP’s website. Brochures placed in local libraries and a flyer printing campaign throughout the cities that are new to the program are sure to be helpful in spreading the word.