Summer Life
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Casting Call in the Corner
BY JOHN MCKENNA
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

Whether it’s a fast-moving river or an idyllic pond surrounded by forest and hills, Litchfield County offers a bounty of settings for anglers in search of bass, trout, northern pike and other common species.

One of the popular destinations in the county is Butternut Brook in Litchfield. A slow-moving stream that empties into the Bantam River, Butternut Brook is easily accessible from Route 202 and North Shore Road and provides plenty of open space for fishermen to set up their gear and try
their luck.

The brook’s banks were filled with fishermen on the opening day of fishing season in April. Like many of the waterways in the county, the brook is stocked with trout by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

While they’re in the area, fishermen can head to the Bantam River or Bantam Lake. The river is heavily stocked with trout and the lake is home to northern pike that can grow to three feet in length.

At 42 acres, West Side Pond in Goshen isn’t a large body of water but its trout and bass make it a popular destination for fishermen. The pond is considered a bass management lake by DEEP, a designation designed to limit the number of bass an angler can take in one day.

Tyler Lake in Goshen, Mohawk Pond in Cornwall, Black Rock Pond in Watertown, Candlewood Lake in New Milford, Mount Tom Pond in Litchfield and West Branch Reservoir in Colebrook all offer outstanding fishing opportunities.

Popular waterways also include Leadmine Brook in Harwinton and the Blackberry River in Canaan, which is designated by DEEP as a Class 3 wild trout management area.

Some of the best river fishing in Connecticut comes along the Naugatuck River running south from Torrington. In addition to trout, the river is stocked with salmon. The Housatonic River is another option for trout, bass and salmon and, like the Naugatuck River, provides some of the best scenery in Litchfield County.

DEEP’s 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide for Inland and Marine Fishing is available in every city hall and town hall in the state. The guide provides fishermen with a wealth of information on all waterways in the state.