Cold Start To Pond Season For Trout


trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, newtons pond, delaware, sussex county
Gavin Dolly with his first trout of the season at Newtons Pond. One of the big ones

It was roughly twenty degrees when trout season opened for Newton and Tidbury ponds Saturday.  That didn’t stop about a hundred and fifty anglers from trying at Newton’s pond though.  The air was crisp and sharp to the nose when you breathed.  nothing like going from spring February into the winter of march.  Wizards of the long wands to kids with the super hero poles all gathered to catch over three hundred stocked trout.  Everyone was using a variety of baits, lures, and flies.  Braided line was freezing to spools, icicles forming on guides, and frozen fingers.  That is the way of winter fishing and not uncommon during trout fishing this time of year int he great white north, but is a bit uncommon for fishing in March in Delaware.  Unless of course you count two years ago when the ponds froze over and trout opening day had to be delayed.  Not this year unfortunately, but that didn’t slow too many people down.  I do know a lot fished, but many did not catch.  Lori Wyatt … “We went at four that afternoon.  My seven-year old grandson Gavin Dolly caught his first trout ever on a treble hook with a mouse tail, it was thirty-three degrees with a wind chill factor of  twenty degrees”  Which will is good news for those that want to fish the warmer weekdays this week.  Soon trout season will be open for all area rivers.

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