Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Extended C&R on the Lower Millers

I have some interesting news. For years we have always thought that the lower catch & release area on the Millers River ended at the "breached dam" in Erving and EVERYONE thought that breached dam was right behind the Erving Paper Mill. Well, we were wrong. While sifting through the Ma. Wildlife website I found a reference to the c&r ending at the "Bridge in Erving". I placed a call to Ken Simmonds of DFW and he stated that the actual lower end of this section is just above the above mentioned bridge at the site of a "breached dam". This dam is hardly noticable unless you really look for it. The above photo was taken from the "bridge" looking upstream. The dam is just a few yards above the bridge. What does this mean? First, it adds about a 1/2 mile to the c&r and includes Keyup Brook, a stream of good cold water and spawning potential. Second, it gives us more area to stock brown trout which do very well in the Millers and are limited to the c&r areas. I asked Ken if the DFW abstracts could reflect this condition and he said that the abstracts are already at the printer but the change will be made for the 2009 season. I like the idea of the lower c&r ending at the above mentioned bridge as I saw in the DFW website. Much less confusing. Anyway, we win on this. I've fished this section below the Mill and it really looks like brown trout water. Now we know it's protected!!!


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