A pond in Derby is among the 20 water bodies in Connecticut that have been stocked with catfish by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Anglers can fish for catfish at Pickett’s Pond in Osborndale State Park in Derby, just across the Housatonic River from Shelton. (See below for a complete list of the areas stocked.)
This is the seventh year the DEEP has released catfish into state waters, including in some urban locations through the Community Fishing Program.
‘Opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors’
“The Community Fishing Program is one of our many efforts to promote fishing throughout the state and to provide opportunities for all to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP deputy commissioner.
The Community Fishing Program ponds are stocked with large adult catfish weighing more than two pounds each and measuring 14 to 18 inches in length.
Other Connecticut lakes and ponds are stocked with smaller, juvenile (9 to 12 inches long) catfish that are expected to survive for many years and grow to a much larger size.
Establishing a fish population
Whalen said the goal is to establish channel catfish where there is sufficient habitat to support a population of large gamefish. “Anglers have reported that some of the stocked catfish are getting large, with 5- to 7-pound fish being taken from several of the lakes,” she said.
“DEEP believes that the combination of a popular gamefish stocked into waters that are selected based on scientific data is a winning combination,” Whalen said. “We’ve had great success in using this approach to develop exciting fisheries for northern pike and walleye and now we’re looking forward to similar results with catfish.”
Anglers can find fishing regulations in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, available online at www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide.
Lakes and ponds stocked with catfish
Community fishing ponds (14-inch to 18-inch catfish):
— Pickett’s Pond, Derby (Osborndale State Pond)
— Bunnells Pond, Bridgeport (Beardsley Park)
— Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich
— Freshwater Pond, Enfield
— Keney Park Pond, Hartford
— Lake Wintergreen, Hamden
— Lakewood Lake, Waterbury
Other lakes and ponds (9-inch to 12-inch catfish):
— Batterson Park Pond, Farmington/New Britain
— Pattaconk Lake, Chester
— Black Pond, Meriden/Middlefield
— Quinebaug Lake, Killingly (Wauregan Reservoir)
— Burr Pond, Torrington
— Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott
— Hopeville Pond, Griswold
— Silver Lake (Berlin, Meriden
— Lake Kenosia, Danbury
— Stillwater Pond, Torrington
— Maltby Lakes No. 2 and No. 3, Orange and West Haven
— Uncas Lake, Lyme