Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation
Our first facility was constructed in 2005 at Paradise Shores RV park. After completing mandatory testing and proving that the system is disease free we have been able to raise beautiful, healthy trout in a modified tomato bin using re-circulating well water. The second facility was constructed in 2006 at the Virginia Creek Settlement. This facility was also found to be disease free in early 2007 and has allowed our program to increase our capacity to raise trout. This is a flow-through system that gets pure spring water from an Artesian well that will allow us to grow year round. We currently have the capacity to grow 20,000 fish annually for release up to catchable size.
Our goals, of course, are to keep our trout right here in Bridgeport. All of our local waters can now benefit from trout rearing efforts that are supported by non-profit donations that we receive through fundraising efforts such as fishing tournaments and letters.
As funds become available we will continue to expand this program to improve capacity and to purchase fish to directly plant in Bridgeport area waters. We purchase small fry (500 fish per pound), and our volunteers raise and care for these trout in our tomato bins over a two year period releasing the fish as they outgrow the system. The long term plan is to enhance the local fisheries and improve the angler experience in Bridgeport area waters.