The DEEP will be conducting its annual electroshocking/brood stock collection tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13. The following, in italics, is from an email I received from Fisheries Biologist Neal Hagstrom:
As much as we hate to do this, we are going to do our survivor brown broodstock collections tomorrow. Water levels are as low as many of us have ever seen. The DEEP is looking to collect 100-150 fish for future fish production (2018 & 2019 survivor brown trout stockings). The fish are in all new (deeper) places and we will be moving around trying to find them. We had concerns about the potential failure of the brown trout spawning in the river this year and about the overall potential for any trout to survive through the winter if we do not get rain. The fish we move to the hatchery may prove to be the insurance policy on 25 years of trout breeding and the core to preserve the Farmington River brown trout fishery. We are sorry if this interruption to anyone’s fishing but it is for a good reason. Thanks for your patience.
I was planning on fishing the Farmington tomorrow for the first time since June (like you I have been enjoying the fight of the smallmouth). Looks like It’ll have to wait. I guess for wild trout insurance it’s worth it.
You can still fish. You just need to yield to the crews.
Yeah I figured but I didn’t want to get in their way and, you know the smallmouth thing is pretty fun. Ended up being a tough day but managed a couple nice ones just before dark. Absolutely annihilated my deer hair popper. Pound for pound I don’t think anything in freshwater fights like a smallie.
They are addicting for sure.