Kids will try to catch the biggest and best trout during the annual fishing derby at Mill Pond on April 12th. Registration begins at 8:30AM with the first lines being allowed in the water at 9:00AM and the derby will run till 11:00AM.
A secret stocking of the pond with 370 pounds of rainbow trout will take place ahead of Derby Day. Recreation Director Steve Benko said it’s a chance for youngsters in town to try their hand at fishing. It’s a nice event for the spring to start with,” Benko said. “We’ve helped out for years, and it’s a fun thing to do. A New Canaan tradition started by The Police Benevolent Association in the early 1970’s, and it was named for former New Canaan Police Officer George Cogswell. The event took a brief hiatus but was restarted about three years ago after Mill Pond was dredged and then refilled. “The fishing derby is a great tradition in New Canaan and definitely says spring is here,” said Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce