Official start of the fishing season begins on opening day


MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) – Before the sun even came up, they were out in full force: men, women, children, even family pets – all ready to cast a line for the official start of the fishing season.

“Every year, we got to get up at four, stop get breakfast and usually we are here by five o’clock,” said Doug Thurston of Meriden.

“It was a tradition my dad started with me so these guys got to go,” Thurston said, referring to his own kids.

Nathan McCabe was also out trying to get lucky. “I don’t really eat fish,” he said. “I just like catching them, it’s fun.”

But some decided they had enough – and went home empty-handed.

“I was really hoping to do it today and then when I got here I got disappointed,” said Tyla Garner of Hamden.

Much of the trout people were catching Saturday came from the state’s three hatcheries. They raise the fish until adulthood then place them in waterways throughout the state. It’s a process that’ll continue until the end of May.

Since trout in the wild can’t naturally keep up with the fishing demand, these fish farms help make sure there’s enough for everyone to catch.

A couple things to keep in mind: you need a fishing license if you’re 16 and older, and there are certain catch limits depending on where you fish in the state.

Said Peter Aarrestad of the Inland Fisheries Division, “We try to keep it simple and we don’t want to confuse folks but for fisheries management purposes and to keep fishing as good as it can be, we sometimes need to regulated the fishing by water body.”

Keep in mind, conservation officers will be out to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules.

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