Middle School Students from Global Communications Academy and Preschoolers from the Community Renewal Team Program try their hand at stocking fish in preparation for Opening Day
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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, Hartford’s Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford public school officials joined seventh and eighth graders from Global Communications Academy and preschoolers from the Community Renewal Team program today to stock adult brown and rainbow trout at Keney Park Pond in final preparation for Opening Day of trout fishing season on Saturday, April 21.
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said “Stocking fish for Opening Day was a unique experience for the middle schoolers and preschoolers alike at Keney Park today. The excitement was contagious as students helped each other and DEEP fisheries biologists stock fish into the pond. Their questions were thoughtful and they showed great interest in fishing in Connecticut’s waters.”
Keney Park Pond is one of six Community Fishing Areas, located in major metropolitan areas around the state, stocked by the DEEP Inland Fisheries Division. Community Fishing areas are stocked with trout early in the spring, and catfish in early summer, to provide attractive and accessible fishing opportunities for state residents.
Opening Day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 21 and the DEEP has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready. The DEEP stocks over one million fish each year, 350,000 of those are in preparation for Opening Day. Over 200 truckloads of trout are being released into over 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut. DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May.
Commissioner Esty added, “The DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® initiative continues to be one of the highlights for DEEP and fishing has become an integral part of this program. Join us on Saturday, May 12 for Family Fishing Day at Day Pond State Park, Colchester for a fun filled day for the entire family. May 12 will be FREE Fishing Day statewide, and everyone can fish that day in Connecticut without a fishing license. This is a great opportunity for friends and families to fish with their children and enjoy the experience of being outdoors together.”
Instructors from the DEEP’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program have already taught 150,000 students about water, fish, and fishing. Doris Johnson, CARE instructor and coordinator for DEEP’s Environmental Justice Program, taught the Global Communications Academy students last week in preparation for today’s stocking. By combining classroom science with outdoor activities, CARE helps insure that these middle school students will be stewards of our State’s waters and fish for years to come. No fishing license is required for children up through age 15.
Fishing licenses are available on-line at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense. Anglers should consult DEEP’s 2012 Connecticut Angler’s Guide for the current fishing regulations that apply to the waters they plan to fish. Designated Trout Management Areas, Trout Parks, Trophy Trout Streams, Sea-Run Trout Streams and Wild Trout Management Areas each have special regulations.
The 2012 Connecticut Angler’s Guide is available at many Town Clerks Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. The Angler’s Guide can also be accessed on the DEEP web site at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing