The Opening Day of Trout Season is one of the harbingers of spring in Connecticut. On Saturday April 13th at 6:00 am sharp, fisher-folks of every age, shape, and size will descend on their favorite fishing hole. We have done our part by stocking nearly 350,000 trout into over 200 rivers and streams and 100 lakes and ponds. Here are some tips to help make Opening Day 2019 one to remember.
- Test out your gear ahead of time. Unless you are fortunate to fish nearly everyday, as the fishing gear sits idle, minor problems can develop. Re-spool with fresh line, lube your reel, and check the rod for any damage.
- Check out places to fish. Our interactive trout stocking map will be updated with all of our stocking data a few days prior to Opening Day. Find your favorite water and map your route.
- Dress for the weather. April in Connecticut can be highly variable, ranging from temperatures in the 80's to those that are below freezing. I recall many opening days as a kid where the eyelets on my rod froze solid (and yes that was when Opening Day was a week later and supposedly warmer).
-Watch the flows in rivers and streams. If we get a lot of rain leading up to Opening Day, some of the lakes and ponds may be a better bet (until the water level drops). Alternatively, you may need to adjust your fishing technique by adding weight or using heavier lures.
-Pack your camera or smartphone. You have caught the fish, now catch the memory. Be ready to get that shot or ask someone to.
-If you plan on keeping fish, be sure to have a cooler with ice to keep the fish fresh.
-If you plan on only releasing your catch, practice good technique. Be sure to keep the fish in the water as much as possible, if you can't get the hook out - snip the line as close to the hook as possible, handle the fish with wet hands and only keep it out of the water for a few seconds, and finally- try not to let it flop around on the bank or ground.
We hope you enjoy Opening Day 2019!!