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500 Lake Trout stocked in Squantz, other waters in 'bonus fishery' event

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently stocked close to 500 Lake Trout in select waters around the state.  The “bonus fishery” happened last week at Squantz Pond and elsewhere.  The trout average between 24 to 36 inches long and weigh between 5 to 7 pounds.  There is no expectation that these fish will holdover for years or that they will reproduce. The stocking was done to provide Connecticut anglers with a specialty fishery, enhancing late season and winter fishing opportunities.  The fish come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Berkshire National Fish Hatchery out of New Marlborough, Massachusetts, where they raise Lake Trout for restoration efforts in the Lower Great Lakes.  The standard statewide regulation of 5 trout per day applies to all stocked Lake Trout. The lone exception is in Squantz Pond during the month of March, when there is a 16” minimum length daily creel limit of 1 trout.

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