Connecticut officials call free fishing day a huge success

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Killingworth, CT, United States (4E Sports) – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has released around 750 trout into Schreeder Pond for hundreds of anglers to enjoy during the agency’s free family fishing day last May 10.

Hundreds of anglers of all ages joined the event, which ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and marked the first day of the DEEP’s Great Park Pursuit Connecticut State Family Adventure.

Now on its ninth year, the Great Park Pursuit Connecticut State Family Adventure includes including fishing, fried fish sampling, fish stocking, free bait and fishing poles, and activities for all ages.

Participants got to taste deep fried trout, bass and white and yellow perch while members of the Hammonasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited demonstrated how to craft fly lures from feathers and DEEP staff helped kids try on waders and search for aquatic creatures in the fast-flowing Chatfield Hollow Brook with nets.

Also, river ecology teaching stations were placed where children could touch crawfish, or “river lobsters,” and see a dragonfly that had just emerged that morning from its aquatic nymph stage with newly revealed wings drying in the air.

There were dozens of fishing poles to borrow for the afternoon, free mealworms and nightcrawlers.

The Great Park Pursuit is a part of the agency’s No Child Left Inside initiative focusing on introducing families to the outdoors, building the next generation of environmental stewards and showcasing Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests.

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