Opening Day and Trout Stocking Announcement
Spring is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about Opening Day of the 2018
fishing season. This year Opening Day falls on Saturday, April 14th. In preparation for
Opening Day, the WLPOA will be stocking the lake with trout on April 7th. If conditions
allow, we plan to stock the fish at three different access points around the lake to provide additional opportunities for shore-bound anglers. To allow the fish time to
acclimate, the lake will be closed to fishing between the stocking date (April 7) and
opening day. You can start fishing for these fish at 6:00 AM on April 14th. Come out
and enjoy a long-standing Connecticut tradition with us. Following the morning fishing
activities, members of the Fishing Committee will be gathering for a pot-luck barbeque
starting around 11:30 AM. Please stop by, share some fish stories and bring some food
or drink to share.
A second trout stocking is scheduled to occur over the weekend of April 27th. Similar to
the first stocking, trout will be distributed at three different access points around the
Spring Tagged-Trout Fishing Contest (Prize Money)
The Fish Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural spring tagged-trout fishing
contest. Three larger trout will be tagged by the hatchery and stocked during April 7th
stocking event. The contest rules are as follows:
Pay the $20 entrance fee to be eligible for the cash prize. You must be preregistered
to be eligible to win.
The contest will run from 6:00 AM on April 14 until 12:00 PM on Sunday, June 3,
If you catch one of the tagged fish, you must take a cell phone or digital picture
clearly depicting yourself with the freshly caught fish. The picture must show the
tag and be date-stamped. Most cell phones automatically record the date when
the picture is taken so this should not be an issue.
If you plan to release the fish, please cut tag off where it enters the fish. Cut only
the tag and not the fish…. If you plan to keep the trout, you can simply pull the
tag out. Present the tag and the picture of the fish to the office to be registered
for the prize money.
Half of the monies collected for the entrance fee will be awarded as prize money
for anglers who successfully landed a tagged trout. The other half of the
entrance fee will go towards the Fish Committee budget, to be earmarked for
additional fish stocking. If only one tagged fish is landed, the angler will receive
the full half of the entrance fee total. If all three tagged fish are landed, half of the
entrance fee will be split between the anglers.
The prize money will be awarded to the winning anglers after the contest
concludes on June 3, 2018.
Please join us by participating in this inaugural event. The committee is hopeful this will
add some excitement to the spring trout fishing season. At a bare minimum, you are
making a donation to future fish stocking in the lake.
Annual Youth Fishing Derby – Saturday, May 19th
The Annual Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May
19th. Similar to last year, we will be stocking trout at the boat ramp immediately prior to
the start of the derby. This provides derby participants with the opportunity to watch
and participate with the trout stocking and should increase success. There will also be
a demonstration on safe handling and release of the fish. The trout stocking will occur
between 8:00 and 8:30, with sign up and fishing to commence immediately following the
trout stocking. There will be prizes awarded for the first and biggest fish and hot dogs
and hamburgers will be served around noon. This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to the sport of fishing. We will have experienced anglers on hand to offer
advice or assistance when needed. Please come down and join us for some family fun.
On Saturday March 17th, fingerling walleye were stocked into the lake. The walleye
arrived in good condition and swam off to deep waters. The fingerling walleye ranged in
size from approximately 3 to 8 inches. The stocked walleye will grow quickly over the
next year and should provide angling success for years to come.
The Fishing Committee