Environmental officials said they closed parts of the West Branch Farmington River and the Farmington River to fishing.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said drought conditions and the periods of very warm temperatures are having on fish in those areas.
“High daytime temperatures with limited nighttime cooling – combined with a lack of rain and low stream flows – are causing fish in these rivers to suffer from heat stress,” said deputy commissioner Susan Whalen. “The stressed fish – particularly trout – are seeking refuge by congregating at the mouths of a number of tributary streams, where cooler water is entering the West Branch Farmington River and Farmington River.”
Fishing for the trout would put more stress on the fish, which could led to more fish deaths.
“To protect these fish, we are establishing refuges where fishing is prohibited on portions of the West Branch Farmington River and Farmington River around the mouths of several tributaries," Whalen said.
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