Wilton anglers, are you ready for trout season?

From Ashford to Woodbury, 371,000 trout have been stocked in Connecticut’s lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in time for Saturday, April 9,  opening day of trout season.

Stocking, which began in February, will continue through mid-May. By then, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) expects to have stocked 600,000 trout.

“Opening day is an exciting time for Connecticut’s many trout anglers, and they can look forward to a great fishing season,” said Susan Whalen, deputy commissioner of DEEP. “The fish are in excellent condition, our trout waters are stocked and anglers can enjoy a wide range of fishing options.”

The 2016 state angler’s guide has detailed information on specific access locations and fishing regulations. Printed versions are available at more than 350 locations statewide, including Wilton Town Hall, bait and tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds. Fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing.

DEEP Fisheries and Wildlife information can also be found directly on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife. This page features a variety of information on fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching in Connecticut. Anglers can find updates on DEEP’s trout stockings on both the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page and on the DEEP website. Maps of all of the state’s trout streams and rivers showing the many stocking and access points can be found at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmaps.

A map of access points to the Norwalk River from Redding to Wilton may be found here. Access points to the Norwalk River from Redding to Wilton

This year’s fishing licenses may be purchased online, or if you prefer, at  Wilton Town Hall, tackle retailers and DEEP offices. Fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 16- and 17-year-olds are half-price (most hunting permits, stamps and tags are also half-price for 16- and 17-year-olds). For a complete list of vendors, visit ct.gov/deep/fishing) or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue at 860-424-3105.