NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk's Andrea Repko has won the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's cover contest with a spectacular fishing photo.
DEEP selected Repko's photo for the cover of the 2014 Connecticut Angler’s Guide. Darien's Michael Klehm was a finalist in the contest.
In the winning photo, Repko is shown holding a northern pike, which she caught and released on Sept. 22, 2013, in Kent, along the Housatonic River. The fish weighed 16 pounds and was 38 inches long.
“When you put time and dedication into anything, in my case, fishing, it’s bound to pay off,” said Repko. “Luckily, anglers here don’t have to travel far to experience great fishing. Connecticut offers some spectacular fishing with a wide variety of species year round.
“Our Angler’s Guide photo contest allowed Connecticut’s anglers to show off their work and gave DEEP a chance to highlight the diversity of the high quality fishing spots throughout the state," said DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee. "Congratulations to the 80 anglers who sent us photos of the wide variety of fish they caught – northern pike, striped bass, tautog, trout and more. The contest photos were a fine showing from anglers of all ages.”
Repko said she has been fishing since she was a child.
“I am honored that I was awarded the cover of the 2014 Angler’s Guide. My photo truly represents the diversity of the hobby and the exceptional fish that can be caught right here, in our backyard."
DEEP’s annual Angler's Guide provides information on important rules and regulations governing sport fishing in Connecticut and assists in the enjoyment of the angling experience in Connecticut.