Journeys With Jim: Bristol Fish & Game Club offers plenty to do

Published on Thursday, 8 February 2018 19:06


A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the annual game supper, hosted by the Bristol Fish & Game Club.

The event was very well attended by the members and their guests. The food was absolutely fantastic. I think I tried everything on the menu, but my favorite was the filet of sole stuffed with lobster. Everyone I met was very friendly and went out of their way to make my wife and I feel at home.

The one odd thing that happened to me at the club was I bought some raffle tickets, never dreaming I would win anything, (my biggest win to date has been $2 on a lottery ticket). Well. I actually won three prizes, which was so cool.

The Bristol Fish & Game Club is a gem we have right here in our own backyard. It is one of the oldest clubs in the Northeast, founded in 1923. It currently boasts about 2,000 members and has quite a lot offer, from skeet and trap shooting to rifle and pistol ranges. They also have an extensive 3D archery range as well as an indoor range. There is a very nice pond on the property for fishing. The club also sponsors an annual fishing derby for kids.

The club is located at 700 Beecher Rd. in Wolcott, which is at the top of Willis Street. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a member to either call the club (203) 879-9938, or go online to to learn about joining and exactly what the club has to offer.

The annual Hartford Boat show opens this week at the Connecticut Convention Center. The show began on Thursday and runs until Sunday. Kayak fishing has been gaining popularity among anglers these last few years and there will be a number of seminars and kayak dealers on hand at the show to help educate the consumer on the how-to’s and do’s and don’ts of the sport. For those with bigger dreams, the sky’s the limit of what will be available for your boating enjoyment.

The cold weather this season has made for solid ice conditions on most of our lakes and ponds which in turn has been a boom to ice fishermen statewide. I was happy to read in the Bristol Press the Terryville Fish & Game Club was able to put on their ice fishing derby this year. I was a regular contestant in the derby for many years. I never won there either!

Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the state, is open for ice fishing this year. Normally only a few of the sheltered bays freeze well enough for hard water fishing. The Valley Angler Bait Shop in Danbury will be hosting an ice fishing derby at the lake this Saturday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Preregistration is required by 6 p.m. on Friday.

The entry fee is $40 and includes food which will be served at the lakeside. Contestants will meet at the state boat ramp on Route 39 in New Fairfield. For information about registering, call the bait shop (203) 792-8324 or visit

There are lots to do this weekend in the outdoor world.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, General Sports on Thursday, 8 February 2018 19:06. Updated: Thursday, 8 February 2018 19:09.