Fishing banned in parts of Farmington River - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fishing banned in parts of Farmington River

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NEW HARTFORD,CT (WFSB) -

A temporary fishing ban was issued Sunday in parts of the Farmington river.

The ban was due to the summer drought that has led to low water levels.

Fisherman Jerry Jahn said he's disappointed by the ban.

"We came out here to practice and we enjoy what we do...if the ban wasn't here we'd definitely be fishing," said Jahn.

The low levels of water give fish little room to swim. Because it makes the water uncomfortably hot, they move to the mouths of tributary streams.

State officials said if fisherman were to go to those areas, it would be similar to fishing in a barrel.

The ban was instated to protect them.

These areas are closed to fishing:

  • East Mountain Brook, New Hartford
  • Cherry Brook, Canton
  • Hawley Brook, Avon
  • Rattlesnake Hill Brook, Canton
  • Cherry Brook, Canton
  • Unionville Brook, Farmington
  • Hyde Brook, Farmington
  • Pequabuck River, Farmington

Jahn said he's never seen the river like this.

"By far, this is the lowest. I've never seen it this low in my 50 years of fishing in Farmington," said Jahn.

Fishing will be banned within 100 feet of the listed locations.

Violators can be fined up to $154.

Torrey Collins, manager of the fishing store Up Country, said the fine isn't going to stop people.

"People are going to fish where they're going to fish regardless," said Collins.

For more information, visit DEEP's website.

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