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Bitter cold but ‘it was worth it’

LAKEVILLE — Normally, fishermen try to outdo each other with tales of their magnificent catch.But on a chilly first day of fishing season (April 16), most of the fishermen and women tried to outdo each other with tales of how cold their hands got while trying their luck out on Lake Wononscopomuc.Certainly plenty of trout were hauled in on lines dangled from the shore and from boats of many shapes and sizes. The state had stocked the lake with 6,000 fish in March. Lakeville Town Grove Manager Stacy Dodge said they were, “beautiful, a very nice size.”Many of those trout remain in the lake and will now have a chance to get bigger, smarter and faster. There was a very low turnout for opening day, with an approximate 27 boats launched. The biggest fish caught that day was 4 pounds, 1 ounce, 21 inches. The successful angler was Mike Lynehan of Millerton. Jake Steele, 14, of Southbury summed up the day by saying, “Cold doesn’t describe it. It was bitter. But it was worth it.”For more photos and fish tales, go to The Lakeville Journal website, www.tcextra.com.

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