Angler's Guide Cover Photo Contest Winner
HARTFORD — Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the winner of the fifth annual Angler's Guide cover photo contest. This year's cover features a photograph submitted by Jeanne Wadsworth of Tolland. The winning photo, captured by Sandy Vinton, shows Wadsworth posing with a largemouth bass she caught while fishing at Breakneck Pond in Nipmuck State Forest, in Union.
"I had been out there fishing a few times before and had caught several good-sized fish, but this was by far the largest I had caught there," Wadsworth said. "My kayak was being towed around, and with only 8 lb. line on, I didn't think I had a prayer at landing it. Fortunately, the fish wrapped itself around a stump, and I was able to get it out of the water for a couple of quick shots before I released it. It was such an awesome experience."
Wadsworth was announced as the winner at a press conference where DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen and staff from DEEP Inland Fisheries gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Burlington State Fish Hatchery. This hatchery is responsible for raising one hundred thousand of the fish that are stocked in Connecticut's waters each year. Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon are raised in this hatchery. These fish, among other aquatic species, are included in the fish guide featured in this year's edition of Connecticut's Angler's Guide.
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