Watch: Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, May 10

Hook em on the Housy; IF4 benefits veterans groups

Anglers come together for a tournament, and to support veterans causes, on Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, Thursday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at

Watch the show below:

Hook em on the Housy this past weekend at Fisherman’s Paradise in Milford brought together those who fish in kayaks, boats and from the shore for a BRD Fishing event. We’ll check in there.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival returns to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford on Wednesday, May 16, to benefit four organizations that use fishing to help veterans heal: Take A Vet Fishing, Rivers of Recovery, Veteran Angler Charters and The Fishing Outreach Program. Sean Callinan and Ray Luhn share a glimpse at what the groups do, what to expect May 16 and what viewers can expect to see. Tickets are available at or via Facebook.

Saturday, May 12, is a free fishing day in Connecticut, and events designed to get children outside and introduce newcomers to the joys of fishing will be held throughout the state. We’ll have a rundown.

We’ll also have an update on legislation in Hartford, a talk on fly fishing for shad and an Owen Strong reel fundraiser by 3-TAND for a family facing a mountain of medical bills.

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.

Free fishing day

Saturday, May 12, is the first day of Connecticut’s No Child Left Inside Great Park Pursuit: Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure and Family Fishing Day across the state, with no license or trout and salmon stamp required.

Anglers should be aware that although neither licenses nor the new trout and salmon stamp are required, all other Connecticut fishing laws and regulations apply on Family Fishing Day. Anglers are advised to check fishing regulations in the 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at Print versions of the guide are available at more than 350 locations statewide or by contacting DEEP’s Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).

The Great Park Pursuit begins at Wharton Brook State Park, straddling Wallingford and North Haven. Open to families and children, this free event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include fishing in the pond, fish stocking, a fish fry, and activities for all ages.

The Great Park Pursuit is part of the agency’s No Child Left Inside initiative, in its 13th year, focusing on introducing families to the outdoors, building the next generation of environmental stewards and showcasing Connecticut’s state parks and forests.

The Family Fishing event is free and no registration is required. More information on the the Great Park Pursuit Family Fishing Day may be found at, by sending an email to [email protected], or by calling DEEP State Parks at 860-424-3200.

Other fishing events Saturday include:

Merwin Meadows, Wilton, Fly Fishing Clinic

The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a free Fly Fishing Clinic at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fly casting, knot tying, aquatic insect identification, and a barbecue lunch are on the schedule.

More information may be found at For reservations, email [email protected] or call 203-216-7078.

Mirror Lake, Hubbard Park, Meriden Carl D’Addaraio Children’s Fishing Derby

This annual children’s fishing event is sponsored by the Meriden Rod and Gun Club and the city of Meriden, with prizes in various age groups for biggest fish and most fish caught. Each child also gets a free hot dog and soft drink. Some of the top prizes include bicycles.

This event is held rain or shine.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the derby starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. For more information, email Mike Roberts at [email protected].

Waterbury Year of the Naugatuck River

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary kicks off the Year of the Naugatuck River with a free Family Fishing Day.

Casting for Kids, in partnership with Fishing Northeast, will be giving away fishing rods and tackles boxes to the first 100 youth in attendance.

The Naugatuck River Revival Group will provide information on efforts to revitalize the Naugatuck River.

Food vendors will also be available.

Register each attendee at The event is free to attend. For more information, call the Citizens Service Center at 203-597-3444.

Additional fishing and fisheries-related information may be found on the DEEP website.

Fisheries and Wildlife can be found directly on Facebook at


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