Drop a Line. Fishing in Windham County.
When it comes to fishing, the Quiet Corner provides exactly what it says on the tin –acres and acres of tranquility in which to relax, unwind, escape and… fish. It’s a place many come, not only due to its serene and picturesque landscapes, but because of the abundance and variety of fish found here.
Over 60-acres of waterfront surrounded by beautiful views of the surrounding forest is what draws people to Roseland Park in Woodstock. With a boat launch and a variety of fish, it’s a great spot for fishing. During the hot summer months, fish ranging from trout to sunfish are available here and if you enjoy ice fishing, panfish are also popular. Throw in the 110-acre golf course across the road and you’ve got every man’s dream destination.
If you’re looking to catch all types of fish, then make your way to Quinnebaug River, which runs through eastern Connecticut. Many people still don’t know about this hidden gem, making it a serene place to spend your day catching the abundance of fish this river has to offer. Not only will you find trout, perch, and crappies here, but it also contains catfish, eel, carp, and small and largemouth bass!
If trout is what you’re after, then head to either Blackwell’s Brook or Kitt Brook, both located in Canterbury, which are stocked annually. In fact, in 1998, Blackwell yielded the state-record brookie at nine pounds and three ounces! Five Mile River which flows through Thompson, Putnam, and Killingly also provides an abundance of trout.
Although there are many places in eastern Connecticut abound with pickerel, Moosup Pond in Thompson is definitely a favorite among locals. This 96-acre lake is home to large pickerel often over twenty inches in length as well as bass weighing 5-pounds or more. Note: There is a 10 horsepower maximum engine and an 18-foot maximum boat on this pond. For those of you that can’t get enough of this popular sport, it’s also great for ice fishing in the winter. If pickerel is what you’re after, I’d also suggest Quaddick Lake just down the road.
Bigelow Hollow State Park is also a popular destination for fisherman throughout the year. With several ponds on over 9,000 acres, Bigelow Hollow provides various locations for fishing, perfect for catching native trout, small and large mouth bass, and pickerel. If the family is also tagging along, this State Park is a perfect destination. With miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and several swimming points, there is plenty to see and do for adults and kids alike. Tucked away in Union, Connecticut’s smallest town, it can’t get much tranquil than this.
While you’re in Union, why not stop by JT’s Fly Shop which sells everything you could possibly need for your fishing trip. JT’s also provides casting and tying lessons, fishing classes, rod repairs, as well as guided tours for a great price.
If charter boat sport fishing is what you’re after, try Right Hook Sport-Fishing Charters in New London. This Connecticut charter boat provides you with the opportunity to fish among some friendly and knowledgeable anglers while scouring the waters of Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Rhode Island and Montauk Point, New York for some of the best sport fishing in the world.
Photo courtesy of the Moosup Pond Association.