Anxious anglers getting ready for opening day

OLD SAYBROOK & OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Anglers are anxious. Fishing season starts on Saturday.

The state is stocking ponds and streams with trout and those looking forward to casting their lines are also stocking up for the season.

“Everybody needs a license, fishing rod, they all need new line, bait sure everybody’s excited,” says Quentin Kresser at River’s End Tackle in Old Saybrook.

Angie Jansky stopped in today to get some trout worms and other bait for her husband, sons, and cousins. One cousin who is no longer with them will be at opening day in spirit.

“They’re really excited about celebrating for him. So it will be great,” says Jansky.

100 lakes and 170 streams have already been stocked with 400,000 trout.

“There are certain streams that are heavily stocked like the Farmington River, the Salmon River, the Willimantic River,” says Steve Gephard with the DEEP.

The state will be stocking four fishing holes Saturday in Wallingford, Watertown, Killingworth, and Oxford and residents can help.

“Yeah they can actually look at the fish and handle the fish before they put them in and then try to catch those same fish,” says Gephard.

There are no age limits for fishing but those 16 or older need a license.

“If you’re young you don’t need a license and if you’re older if you’re a senior citizen you need a fishing licence but it’s free,” says Gephard.

You don’t have to fish to look forward to fishing season.

“I love it because I get the weekend to myself,” Jansky says jokingly. “I”m making sure they get that bait and there’s no turning back.”

If you can’t get out on opening day don’t worry. The state will be stocking trout through mid May and when all is said and done 600,000 trout will have been released into local waters.

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