Breaking News: Thermal Refuge Restrictions for the Farmington

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Farmington River is so low, and the weather so hot, that the DEEP has announced thermal refuge areas that are closed to fishing. My opening reference was to a similar decree in the summer of 2016. The difference this year is that the water coming out of the dam is significantly colder.

This would be the good news.

Rather than parrot the temporary regs, here’s a link to the DEEP site that will tell you everything you need to know. The decree goes into effect today, Saturday August 6. As always, I urge you to carry a thermometer, don’t fish if the water is above 68, stick to the upper end of the river, and fish early or late.

2 comments on “Breaking News: Thermal Refuge Restrictions for the Farmington

  1. rich rubin says:

    Time to give the rod a rest

    Good health is true wealth

    • Steve Culton says:

      Rich, it’s actually not that dire. The restrictions are all far downstream from the dam, leaving miles of fish-friendly cold water for hard-core anglers. Still, the river remains very low, and for me that’s the main issue: I loathe low water. Anglers choosing to fish should remain vigilant about temperatures.

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