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Annual fishing derby in Riverton kicks off Opening Day

Fishing for the big one  in Riverton
Fishing for the big one in Riverton
Riverton General Store

An annual spring ritual for many is the opening day of fishing that signals the beginning of spring for many sportsmen. This year, the annual Riverton Fishing Derby is taking place on April 19 from 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. on the Farmington River in the bucolic village of Riverton Connecticut located in the Litchfield Hills.

If you want to scope out a good spot on the river, get to Riverton early as last year saw over 500 participants in this popular spring event. You may want to start your day at the Riverton Firehouse located in the center of town on 3 Riverton Rd. with a hearty breakfast and a steaming hot cup of coffee before you head out to the river to claim your spot. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are also available at the historic Riverton General Store located in the heart of the village. For more information on the store including menus and hours visit

To add incentive local sports associations have purchased over 100 fish that will be released into the Farmington River the day before this event. The Farmington River is stocked and is known to have brown, rainbow and brook trout aplenty. If you are lucky enough to land one of the big ones, prizes include items from local merchants as well as from Orvis, Cabela's and Dick's. The grand prize is a Riverton Village Chair made by the Hitchcock Chair Company that has a shop in town. These beautiful hand stenciled chairs date back to the 1800's and help define the historic character of this quaint riverside village.

A special section of river is set aside for kids under 16. There is a special Riverton Kids Fishing Derby with prizes awarded to tots 16 and under.

Best of all there is no registration fee for this event. To find out more about the Fishing Derby and other events in Riverton, visit

The easiest way of getting a fishing license is to visit the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s online sportsmen licensing at Fishing licenses are also available from town clerks and this website has a complete listing of town clerks and businesses that sell fishing licenses.

For what to see and do, where to go and where to dine in the Litchfield Hills visit

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