With Fathers Day Sunday, we talk about getting youths interested in angling and conservation. First we sit down with the head of the Trout Unlimited Headwaters Program, then we visit the Mianus fish ladder in Greenwich to learn about fish migration. All that plus an update on the Mill River in Easton and free fishing license weekend on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network.
Getting young people on the water
TU’s Headwaters Youth Program helps foster a sense of respect for the natural world and engages young people in hands-on conservation projects in their home waters, according to TU.org.
Encompassing a range of programs and projects known as the Stream of Engagement, Headwaters serves children, teenagers and young adults. From the nationally-recognized, science-based Trout in the Classroom and Adopt-a-Trout programs to summer fly fishing camps, leadership summits and fly fishing clubs, Headwaters involves young people in TU’s mission to protect and restore the nation’s coldwater resources.
Getting migratory fish upstream
The Mianus Pond Dam located on the Mianus River just north of Post Road was constructed in 1926 and is the first impediment to migratory diadromous fishes as they enter the river. Construction of the dam caused an immediate and drastic reduction in migratory fishes that utilized the river for reproduction, feeding, and residency, and as early as 1970, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection stated that the future of these migrations was in jeopardy. In 1991, settlement of the Grass Island Wastewater Treatment Plant suit enabled funds to be allocated for construction of a fishway. On May 27, 1993, a steeppass, was officially opened and allowed migratory fishes to gain access to freshwater habitat. The fishway project was sponsored by the Greenwich Conservation Commission and supported by the state DEEP as well as many local groups, according to the Greenwich Conservation Department.
Getting a free (1-day) fishing license
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 19, as the first of two Free Fishing License days scheduled for 2016. A second Free Fishing License Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13.
The free license to fish on this Sunday is now available through the mobile friendly DEEP online sportsmen licensing system at ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing. The free license to fish on Aug. 15 will be available on July 27, three weeks prior to the second Free Fishing License Day.
About Yankee Fisherman
Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.
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.