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CT DEP - Proposing New Regulations - MORE FEES

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Suggest you send an e-mail to Bill Foreman - voicing your opinions. NOTE the additional Tax Stamps that will no doubt generate more revenue for the state without giving us anything.
 
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DEEP's proposed changes to Inland Fisheries Regulations (effective 2018) are currently open for public comment until 4:30 pm on August 25, 2017.  The proposed changes are available via Connecticut's "eRegulations system (https://eregulations.ct.gov) or by request from Deep.inland.fisheries@ct.gov or by phone at 860-424-3474.

We would like to hear from you, in favor or against, through one of the following methods. 

1. Online via the Connecticut eRegulation system (preferred method)
2. By mail or delivery service to: 
Bill Foreman
CT DEEP Fisheries Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
3. By email to william.foreman@ct.gov
4. By Fax to 860-424-4070 (Attn. Bill Foreman)

In addition, a public hearing is scheduled for:

 

August 9, 2017 starting at 6:30 pm. 
Gina McCarthy Auditorium
5th floor of DEEP Headquarters
79 Elm Street, Hartford. 

 

All are invited to attend and provide verbal testimony or written testimony at that time.

The following is a simple summary of proposed regulations and is provided here for overview purposes only. Please refer to the published documents on the e-regulations system for official wording.

1. Establishes a trout stamp ($5), an Atlantic salmon stamp ($10) and combo ($12), required to a.) fish for trout in Trout Management Areas, Wild Trout Management Areas, Trout Parks, or Broodstock Areas or b.) keep (harvest) trout or kokanee (except from waters stocked at no expense to the state).

2. Establishes a definition for "maximum length", "Tenkara", and "bubble floats".

3. Changes the fishing season on Alexander Lake, Baldwin's Pond, and Green Falls Reservoir.

4. Establishes statewide regulation for Common Carp, removes catfish and bullhead from the list of "panfish".

5. Establishes daily creel and minimum length limits for catfish.

6. Establishes a new closed season on the West Branch Farmington River, in the Riverton area and changes the Mill River TMA (Fairfield) to be year round Catch and Release fishing.

7. The Mill River Wild Trout Management Area is extended to the upper boundary of the Mill River TMA (Merritt Parkway).

8. Pasture Pond (Quinebaug Trout Hatchery, Plainfield) is added to the list of Trout Parks.

9. Establishes "Trophy Carp Waters" on several waterbodies. In these waters the daily limit will be 1 fish under 26 inches. All Carp over 26 inches must be released.

10. Various minor technical changes to make existing regulations consistent or to provide clarity.

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Trout stamp is a joke since the bulk of our fishing license fees has always been sold as the price to pay for raising and stocking trout. I do agree with closing the west branch Farmington river before opening day. Keep it open from opening day until Feb or March 1st and then a break until the opening of trout season. 

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The email sent out by the DEEP isn't specific, so I did a little digging. The proposed reg to close part of the West Branch is designed to protect the integrity of the Opening Day Riverton derby. They don't want people coming in before then and catching the large stocked fish. So the reg will close an area a short distance above and below Hitchcock Chair only for the week before opening day.

Steve Culton

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1 hour ago, The Fisherman said:

The email sent out by the DEEP isn't specific, so I did a little digging. The proposed reg to close part of the West Branch is designed to protect the integrity of the Opening Day Riverton derby. They don't want people coming in before then and catching the large stocked fish. So the reg will close an area a short distance above and below Hitchcock Chair only for the week before opening day.

Steve Culton

That's perfect. I've been going to the derby for over 30 years and it just isn't the same when all the trout, minus the biggies stocked by the private club, have been caught and released several times before opening day. 

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