MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Trout fishing season is officially underway in Connecticut, kicking off Saturday morning. People were up early to cast into the state’s waters.
“When you’re out there fishing you don’t think about anything but fishing,” said Andy Vallombroso of Andy’s Custom Bass Lures.
But before you head out to reel in a big one, there are a few things to keep in mind. A great deal of preparation goes in to getting ready for the start of fishing season. Trout raised at a hatchery in Burlington are stocked in the waters for anglers to catch.
“I think we put in about 300 plus or minus here today, but we’ve been stocking lakes and ponds all over the state today and for the whole spring,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee.
As many people know, catching a fish isn’t always easy. The key is location.
“Fish occupy 10-percent of the lake, so 90-percent of that lake is empty, no fish,” said Vallombroso. “You need to learn how to find that 10-percent.”
There are also some basic rules that will vary depending on where you fish. Be mindful of catch limits. Some lakes and ponds are strictly catch and release, and officials will be watching. DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police force is getting help from dogs that can sniff out hidden fish. If you’re out on the water, be sure to wear a life jacket.
Most of all, enjoy the great outdoors.
“My dad took me fishing when I was four-years old and I haven’t stopped since,” said Vallombroso.