Journeys with Jim: First fishing of season produces few results

Published on Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:08


I guess that it goes without saying that the season opener on Saturday was a bit chilly and windy. For the first time in quite a while, I was able to enjoy having an entire weekend off to do some fishing. My fishing partner, Mrs. B, and I left home pretty early Saturday morning for the Housatonic River, in hope of catching a striper or two. The temperature was only 37 degrees and a strong west wind made it feel even colder.

When we arrived at the boat launch at Sullivan’s Landing, in Derby, I quickly noticed about a dozen vehicles with boat trailers in the lot which gave me hope that just maybe we’d have some luck in spite of the conditions. Well, I also noticed that there wasn’t anybody fishing from shore which made me a bit suspicious. Maybe all the boaters went way down river towards Sikorski Airport and just maybe all the stripers were down that way too.

After a little while, we decided to try our luck at the Derby Dam, just up the road a bit. Funny, but only one solitary angler there and he wasn’t catching anything either. The air temperature had warmed some by now but the wind was still pretty stiff in this open area so we left the dam and headed over to Shelton to try a spot along route 110 that a friend had told me about.

As we walked along the foot path toward the water, we encountered a lone fisherman who reported that the fish just weren’t there and he was calling it a day. We did walk down to the water and I made a cast or two just to say I tried. Back to the truck for some lunch, then homeward bound.

Sunday dawned to a bit warmer day and the wind wasn’t so wild. We headed up to the Farmington River to Collinsville. I like to fish off the bridge in the center of town once in a while because there’s a great deli just a block away, hot coffee, sandwiches (my kind of fishing). There were a number of people on the bridge but only one guy was catching anything and only two trout at that.

We headed up river to New Hartford for a while and finished up our day with a stop at Satan’s Kingdom, along route 44. It seemed a bit sad to me that the Kingdom was deserted. I can recall that back in the old days Satan’s Kingdom would be packed with fisherman. It was always more of a fly fishing spot, kind of tough for spinning tackle but fishable. The times have changed I guess.

The DEEP fisheries division has published a list of waters that have not and will not be stocked with trout for this year as well as a reduction in overall numbers of stocked fish. They cite several reasons, including low documented use by anglers, reduced public access as well as work being done at one of the hatcheries. Local spots on the list are Coppermine Brook in Bristol, the Belcher Brook and Mattabesset River, both located in Berlin. Good fishing to all, be safe on the water.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, General Sports, on Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:08. Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:11.