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DEEP Commissioner Klee and Hartford Mayor Bronin Join Students from Hartford’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School For Stocking Trout in Celebration of Opening Day

(April 9, 2016) - Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee, and Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin joined students from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School to stock trout at Keney Park Pond in preparation for Opening Day of trout fishing season on Saturday, April 9.

 “Year after year it is a pleasure stocking trout with schoolchildren around Connecticut  instilling the importance of protecting and preserving our natural resources while introducing them to the rewarding sport of fishing and of being outdoors,” said Commissioner Robert Klee.  “Today’s stocking is at Hartford’s Keney Park Pond, one of Connecticut’s 14 Community Fishing Waters – all locations are accessible and in highly populated areas, making it easier than ever to go out and fish.”

“Hartford has some of the most beautiful parks in the country, and we need to seize every opportunity to get our kids into the outdoors and exploring nature,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “That’s why this program, which gives kids and their families the chance to fish for trout right in Hartford’s historic Keeny Park, is so important. I encourage all Hartford parents to bring their children outside this summer and enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer.”

As one of Connecticut’s Community Fishing Waters, Keney Pond is stocked with trout in the spring and channel catfish in late May providing diverse fishing opportunities for all anglers.  This initiative provides a unique fishing experience for many of the state’s urban residents by stocking fish in convenient and easily accessible locations right in their neighborhoods.

In all, DEEP expects to stock over 341,000 trout in waters across the state in time for Opening Day of the 2016 trout fishing season April 9th. Nearly 100 lakes and ponds and 190 rivers and streams are scheduled for stocking.

Angling Opportunities and Information

            The DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® initiative continues to be one of the highlights for the DEEP and fishing has become an integral part of this program.  Join DEEP on May 7 for Family Fishing Day at Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. May 7 is also FREE fishing day where anyone can fish, inland or marine waters, for free the entire day – no license required.  All other fishing rules and regulations, including length and harvest limits still apply.  This is an excellent opportunity for avid anglers to share their passion by introducing a friend or relative to the many benefits of fishing.

Anglers under 16 years old are invited to participate in Youth Fishing Passport Program.  Free to all, the program enables a young angler and their family to participate in fun fishing activities and receive benefits from various sponsors from the fishing industry.    Details about the program can be found at  For those over the age of 16, fishing licenses are available on-line at:          

Now in its second year, the fee for fishing and hunting licenses, most tags, permits, and stamps for 16 or 17 year olds has been reduced by 50%.  The reduction is intended to increase participation by these young adults as their license purchase helps to support fish and wildlife conservation efforts.  The 2016 Connecticut Angler’s Guide is a source for fishing related information, including the current regulations that apply to Connecticut waters.  Excellent trout fishing can be found across the state, including in one of many Trout Management Areas, Trout Parks, Trophy Trout Streams, Sea-Run Trout Streams, and Wild Trout Management Areas. 

            The Angler’s Guide is available at most Town Clerks Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses and can also be accessed on the DEEP web site at:

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