Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, April 12

A fishway in Darien and young anglers in Fairfield

A new route for migratory fish and getting new anglers interested in fishing are stops on the journey of Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network Thursday at 1 p.m.

Watch the show below:

We catch up with representatives for Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound on the Noroton River at the Stamford-Darien line, where a new fishway — in planning for decades — now lets fish swim from the Long Island Sound to their spawning grounds and back.

The Noroton River Fishway and another on the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport will be open for tours on World Fish Migration Day Saturday, April 21.

The Fairfield Police Athletic League held its annual children’s fishing derby at Gould Manor Park, and we were there as the young ones learned angling.

We’ll also help you get ready for Saturday’s opening of trout season in Connecticut.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.

World Fish Migration Day

CFE/Save the Sound will be part of two fishway tours on World Fish Migration Day on April 21.

You can visit the new Noroton River fishway, park at the Boatyard, 1308 East Main St. in Stamford, right at the Darien line.

Or at the Pequonnock Riverfest at Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

The day starts with tree planting and wraps up with trout fishing in the Pequonnock River.  

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

Here is our World Fish Migration Day’s schedule of activities:

  • 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 & how they relate to River Health & Fishing. (Macroinvertebrates are flatworms, crayfish, snails, clams and insects & more)
  • 11-11:15 a.m.: Birds of prey Animal Encounter
  • 11:15-noon: Fly Casting workshop (or straight to fishing for the experts) or Backyard Bass

The Housatonic River cleanup will be held Saturday, April 21. More information can be found at its Facebook page.

Then on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Join Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, Stratford Representative Joe Gresko, and the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University for a volunteer marsh grass planting on Earth Day to help restore the eroding shoreline at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Dr., Stratford

CVTU will also 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.

Trout season opens and other events

Saturday, April 14, is opening day in Connecticut. Remember, you need a $5 trout and salmon stamp. Remember all the money goes toward fishing and hunting activities.

The DEEP is looking for kids to help stock at the trout parks on opening. The closest to us here in southwestern Connecticut is Great Hollow Pond, in Wolfe Park, Monroe around 10 am Bring your parents and your favorite big boots, as they’ll will need you to help carry trout from our trucks to the water on Opening Day morning.

Candlewood Valley TU will celebrate Fishmas Eve Friday at 6 at the Meetinghouse Pub at 37 Stony Hill Road in Bethel for a fun night among friends.

Mianus TU will serve a free streamside breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, coffee and juice at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 14. The free breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. at the pavilion at Merwin Meadows Park off Lovers Lane in Wilton. The event and meal is free and open to the public; one need not be a Trout Unlimited member. Donations to the chapter to support our conservation and youth education projects and programs are appreciated. RSVP at www.mianustu.org to help the chapter plan for a headcount.

On April 17, Nutmeg TU will host Jeff Yale, who last year was on Yankee Fisherman, to talk about fishing Lake Saltonstall. The chapter is also planning a trip there. Jeff’s talk is at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport.

That same night, Thames Valley TU will host DEEP Inland Fisheries Biologist Neal Hagstrom to discuss this year’s trout stocking as well as the the changes to regulations. “Fly Fishing Yellowstone Hatches- Chapter 3” video (55 minutes) – will be shown 6:00 to 6:55 p.m.

Ron Merly, author of the Flyfisher’s Guide to Connecticut, will speak to Farmington Valley TU on Thursday, April 19, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Back Nine Tavern at the Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Ave., New Britain.

Northeast Carp Conference Saturday April 21 at the Elks Club in Middletown from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m. It features Vendors, Speakers, Raffle Prizes, Rig & Bait Clinics, Newcomer Advice plus Lots More. Click here for video from last year’s event.  Tickets are available in Advance: CAG Members $5 & Non Members $10 Buy On-Line: http://www.carpanglersgroup.com/forum/index.php. Those under 16 are Admitted Free when accompanied by an Adult with a ticket.

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. A beautiful streambed was revealed as a result and is now in need of thermal protection so we have scheduled a planting for Saturday, April 28, with a rain date of Sunday, April 29, and a deluge date of Saturday, May 5.  Meeting time is 11 a.m. 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. The SRBTC has more than 100 plants and trees which need to be planted and needs as many volunteers as possible. Bring shovels, pick axes, pitch bars and anything else that would be helpful in planting trees. Insect repellent, sunscreen. wear long pants and get ready to get your hands dirty.

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

Registration is open for the third Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout, July 14-15 at Oak Leaf Marina- Old Saybrook, CT; Mandatory Captains Meeting Friday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. at Comfort Cafe,  90 Essex Road, Old Saybrook. To Benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Information at http://www.bigdougsfishing.com.

May 4-6, Mike at Fisherman’s Paradise, just over the Devon Bridge from Stratford, will host Hook Em on the Housy, a kayak and boat tournament from the mouth of the Housy to the Derby Dam. More information at brdfishing.org.

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