Hundreds of Atlantic salmon have been released in the Naugatuck by the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
Earlier this week, 300 salmon were released into the Naugatuck River and Mount Tom Pond in New Preston. Later this week, DEEP will release 300 salmon into the Shetucket River and Crystal Lake (Ellington).
The salmon released in the Naugatuck River were from Prospect Street in Naugatuck downstream to Pines Bridge Road in Beacon Falls.
Anglers are allowed to fish for salmon in the Naugatuck River from the confluence of the East and West Branches in Torrington downstream to the Housatonic River in Derby. Anglers may also fish for Atlantic salmon in the Housatonic River downstream of Derby
The group of Atlantic salmon being released this week range in weight from 2-6 pounds each. In early October, approximately 400 additional fish in the same size range will be available for stocking. Following spawning later this fall, DEEP expects several hundred additional salmon from the Kensington Hatchery will be available for stocking in November. These fish will range in weight from 3 to 15 pounds each.
“Atlantic salmon are renowned for their size, beauty and fighting ability,” said Peter Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “The Atlantic salmon recreational fishery has become quite popular, and catching one of these large leapers provides a thrilling experience for anglers.”
The Atlantic salmon being stocked in Connecticut were raised in the Kensington State Fish Hatchery and are the progeny of sea-run fish that returned to the Connecticut River. Salmon at this hatchery were raised to provide eggs for the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program that began in 1967. Since 1992, surplus and spawned fish from this program were made available to provide a recreational fishery for Connecticut anglers.
In the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon is one fish per day through September 30.
From October 1 through November 30, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only.
From December 1, through March 31, 2014, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon will be one.
During the open season in the rivers, the legal method for taking Atlantic salmon is limited to angling using a single fly, or an artificial lure with a single free swinging hook and no additional weight can be added to the line above the fly or lure.
All other regulations, including those for broodstock salmon in the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers, can also be found in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide. Print versions of the guides are available from many Town Clerks and bait & tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).
To view the full release on the Atlantic salmon stocking, go here.