Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, April 19

The Riverton Trout Derby and Earth Day

We’ll visit a traditional season-opener and get ready for Earth Day on Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at HAN.Network.

Watch the show below:

We headed up to Riverton for the Friday night stocking and were back when the siren sounded at 6 a.m. Saturday to open trout season in Connecticut. The event, held since 1949, is taking new steps to attract children, and still has adult standing shoulder to shoulder in hopes of catch the big ones. Members of the Trophy Trout Club, who are keeping the tradition alive, tell us about the status and future of the event.

World Fish Migration Day is Saturday, Earth Day is Sunday, and events will be held around the area.

Nutmeg Trout Unlimited and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will host the Pequonnock Riverfest Pequonnock Riverfest at Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Saturday, and Rich Rosen and Gian Morresi will tell us about a full day of events.

ThePequonnock Riverfest starts with tree planting and wraps up with trout fishing in the Pequonnock River.  

Families are welcome and fishing rods will be available to borrow for the casting clinic and fishing sessions.

The World Fish Migration Day’s schedule for the Pequonnock Rivefest is:

  • 8-10:30 a.m.: Tree Planting
  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Pequonnock River clean-up
  • Beardsley Park (starting at the island and moving north)
  • 9:30 (or 10), 10:30, 11:30: Tour of Fish Ladder in small groups
  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Pequonnock River Nature Walk  (Includes Study of River Macroinvertebrates such as flatworms, crayfish, snails, clams and insects, and how they relate to River Health & Fishing)
  • 11-11:15 a.m.: Birds of prey Animal Encounter
  • 11:15-noon: Fly Casting workshop (or straight to fishing for the experts; Backyard Bass game for the young ones)
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Fishing

In addition to fishway tours at Beardsley Zoo on World Fish Migration Day. Saturday, you can also join CFE/Save the Sound at the new new Noroton River fishway, park at the Boatyard, 1308 East Main St. in Stamford, right at the Darien line. We were there for last week’s Yankee Fisherman. The Mianus Fishway in Greenwich will also be hosting tours Saturday.

The Housatonic River cleanup is also Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can check in at Sunnyside Boat Ramp in Shelton or Birdseye Boat Ramp in Stratford.

The Norwalk River Trash Cleanup and Fishing Trip will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton. Click here for directions.

The Mianus River Trash Cleanup and Fishing Trip will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mianus River Natural Park on River Road in Cos Cob. Click here for directions. (NOTE: Location is not the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane in Stamford.)

On Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, Stratford state Rep. Joe Gresko, and volunteers from the the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University will plant marsh grass to help restore the eroding shoreline at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Dr., Stratford

Candlewood Valley TU will hold a stream cleanup Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon along the Pootatuck River in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. Meet in the parking lot by PJ’s Laundromat, 110 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook and spread out along the river from there. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, long pants, long sleeves and bring gloves. We will provide trash bags. Waders are optional.

Following the trash cleanup, CVTU President Kit Nielsen and Trout Unlimited National Volunteer Director Jeff Yates will lead a walk and talk along the Pootatuck River and Deep Brook to discuss the challenges facing the rivers and the work CVTU is doing with many partners to restore and revitalize the streams.

The walk and talk – which is open to the public – will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and start from the parking lot on Old Farm Road, just past the Newtown Dog Park at 21 Old Farm Road.

The Northeast Carp Conference will be held Saturday April 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Elks Club in Middletown, Conn. Tickets are available at carpanglersgroup.com: $5 for CAG members, $10 for non-members, under 16 admitted free with a ticket-bearing adult.

The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition will hold a tree planting along an area of Anguilla Brook. The Nature Conservancy and DEEP partnered with the landowners to have a dam removed on the property a few years back revealing a beautiful streambed now in need of thermal protection. The planting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, with a rain date of Sunday, April 29, and a deluge date of Saturday, May 5. The location is at the end of Lane Way in North Stonington which is right off of Rte. 1. Looks more like a driveway than a road. There are more than 100 plants and trees which need to be planted; take shovels, pick axes, pitch bars and anything else that would be helpful in planting trees.

Nutmeg TU has spots open on its May 23 trip to the Limestone Club. Information at nutmegtrout.org.

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