Hartford – The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Friday that effective Saturday, Aug. 6, it will close short sections of the West Branch Farmington River and the Farmington River to fishing. , as the hot weather creates unhealthy water temperatures for trout.
The agency also said it was increasing “low levels of discharge on the Farmington with an additional 50 cubic feet per second” of flow from “DEEP fish reserves to improve water conditions for fish health.” .
The agency said that as the temperature of the river increases, fish “congregate near tributaries that bring cooler water into the river”.
“DEEP is closing fishing near these tributaries to protect the fish populations that congregate near these springs,” the agency’s statement said. “Fishing is still open on most of the Farmington River. DEEP will clearly mark closed areas with signs. »
All waters within 100 feet of the signs will be closed to all fishing, the agency said. “This closure is expected to continue until September 15, but could be shortened if water conditions improve. Violation of the closure is an offense punishable by a fine of $154. “
“High temperatures combined with low stream flows – are causing fish in these rivers to suffer from heat stress,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said in the statement. “I would like to thank the fishing community for helping to support the continued success of our world-class fishing destinations in these difficult conditions.”
Closed areas, listed from upstream to downstream of tributaries, include:
- East Mountain Creek (Hallock Creek), New Hartford
- Cherry Creek, Guangzhou
- Rattlesnake Hill Creek, Canton
- Burlington Creek, Burlington
- Hawley Creek, Avon
- Unionville Creek, Farmington
- Hyde Brook, Farmington
- Pequabuck River, Farmington
DEEP said it took similar action in August 2016 “when similar conditions resulted in trout deaths due to increased stress”.
“We are being proactive this summer to do what we can to protect the resource, and this is not something we take lightly,” Dykes said in the statement. “The West Branch Farmington River and the Farmington River are very popular and well known to anglers, who are drawn to the area from all over the world to catch both the wild brown trout that spawn in these waters, as well as the fish stored by DEEP.”