23 October 2016

• Hudson River Striped Bass

“Striped bass are found throughout much of the Eastern Seaboard and breed in several river systems, but the majority of local stripers are a gift of the Hudson River. These fish swim past New York City, following the harbor upstream to spawn in less saline waters.

“Adult females lay thousands of eggs annually, which float in the tides, and eventually develop into juvenile bass, which thrive in the briny complexities of the lower Hudson. Young-of-the-year bass begin to move to the saltier, but still relatively sheltered, waters of the western Long Island Sound and the South Shore in the early autumn….”...”

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22 October 2016

• 2016 Striper Survey Shows Low Production of Young-of-the-Year

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 2016 young-of-the-year striped bass index, a measure of bass spawning success in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay is 2.2, well below the 63-year average of 11.7…

“The index represents the average number of less than 1 year old fish caught in 132 samples during the Juvenile Striped Bass Survey....”

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• Fishing Reports: Western LIS, Norwalk

• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

“In Long Island Sound, porgies continue to command attraction, especially for those fishing from party boats…

“However, blackfishing continues to improve in the eastern end of the Sound, with smaller ones beginning to show in western Sound waters....”

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• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area

“Time is getting short. The fall migration of striped bass, bluefish and other species is underway and it all adds up to peak time for fishing.

“Bluefish have about a month before completely exiting western Long Island Sound waters. Striped bass have shown us in recent years that while the bulk of the population migrate to the Hudson River and to the Chesapeake Bay, increasing numbers have....”

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21 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 20 October 2016

• BLACKFISH fishing is good throughout LIS! The warmer water temps have made fishing interesting. Fish shallow water (less than 30 ft) rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks have been producing great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautog this fall.

• STRIPED BASS fishing is very good around the “Hunter's” full moon. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the surf, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. You can have great success during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. The top water technique has produces some very big bass recently (49 inches – 41 pounds, (DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme).

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH fishing is very good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is still better in the western sound (Milford to Greenwich) with fish measuring 5 to 12 inches in length.

• BLACK SEA BASS is excellent. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Angler please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there...let’s give them a chance to grow, reproduce and get big. A reminder to all anglers...if you are fishing in water deeper than 100’, barotrauma can cause released fish to struggle to make it back to the bottom. A descending devise such as the Shelton Fish Descender can help assist the sea bass air bladder to recompress and get safely back down to the depths. See Fishsmart.org for more information.

• FLUKE fishing is Closed in CT

• PORGY is good throughout the Sound. Party/Charter boats are still targeting them...that’s how plentiful they are. Hit the coastal state parks (especially around high tide) and spend time chumming...this will improve your success. Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and East Norwalk, Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles Island and Fort Trumbull State Park.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE continues to be good throughout the sound. Pink and green is the lure color choice. Many anglers are scoring using a Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. Shore anglers are scoring at Fort Trumbull, mouth of the Thames River, Ocean Beach, Seaside Park, Harkness Memorial , Hammonasset State Park, Rocky Neck State Park. In the west try Compo Beach, Sherwood Island, Burying Hill Beach (Fairfield), Southport Harbor, Shady Beach/ Calf Pasture (Norwalk) and Fayerweather Island in Bridgeport along with Long Beach Stratford.

Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime. They are feeding heavily of young of the year transparent juvenile anchovy. Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging (1.5oz crippled herring) for them also works when they are close to the bottom and your fish fonder is “lit up."

• WEAKFISH fishing is surprisingly good in the central and western sound. Falkner and Goose Island area is producing some very nice “tide runners”. Many scup/seabass anglers are catching them while bottom fishing. Fish up to 26 inches are being reported from West Haven Beaches/Charles Island area to Norwalk. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

• STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is fantastic. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is saltwater fishing. Great fishing from shore...with many fish measuring over 17 inches and barking up a storm ( grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat. Please be careful when handling them...be mindful of their spines located on top of their head and gill cover.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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19 October 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 October 2016

Catching up on photos from recent trips. Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:

Fog along the River Road.

Hardly any wind...for once.

Crab hatch at Middleground; each one of these is about the size of the fingernail on your little finger.

Color showing on the lower Housatonic River.


The marsh showing its fall colors.

Tug pushing an enormous work barge.

The Captain with a nice striper.

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• Fisheries Threatened By New NOAA Rules

“...the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) finalized new policies that stand to jeopardize a decade of successful, science-based fisheries management in the United States…

“NOAA officials have altered their guidance for critical aspects of fisheries management including setting science based catch limits, assessing the health and abundance of stocks, rebuilding vulnerable populations of fish and other issues key to ensuring sustainable fisheries.

"The National Standard 1 guidance is the set of rules that implemented the Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization of 2006…has been the management tool fishermen, managers, scientists and conservationists have used to successfully restore 30 fisheries that were once in severe decline....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LongIsland.com

• The Magnuson Act

“Results have been stunning. Since the 1996 and 2006 amendments, councils and NMFS have rebuilt 37 depleted fish populations. And the number of overfished populations has declined by almost two-thirds…

“Fish like red snapper, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, haddock, snowy grouper, gag grouper, tilefish, jacks and mackerels all have a bright future thanks to the strengthened Magnuson Act....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRodAndReel

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18 October 2016

• Stripers Can Be Found Inland As Well As In Salt

“Luckily striped bass are abundant, and the chance to catch one is never far away—especially in the South, which I call New Striper Nation. In fact, thanks to aggressive stocking efforts in the 1960s and ’70s, stripers—Atlantic and Gulf Coast natives—are now found in lakes throughout the country…

“In some of these lakes and impoundments stripers can be tough to find, but during summer inland stripers go semi-nomadic, chasing baitfish while seeking thermal refuge in the rivers above these deep impoundments....”

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• High Nitrogen Levels Plague LI Sound...LLBean Coming to LI

• High Nitrogen Levels Plague LI Sound

“A new environmental report says water quality is improving in parts of Long Island Sound in New York and Connecticut but the sound remains under stress from high nitrogen levels...

“The report Thursday from New Haven-based Save the Sound says water quality is poor in the heavily populated New York metropolitan area, but very good in eastern Long Island Sound, where there is better tidal flushing....”

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• L.L. Bean Coming to Long Island

“L.L.Bean recently announced that it will be opening its first Long Island store at the Smith Haven Mall next spring...

“The store, which will be located at the Lake Grove mall on 313 Burr Lane, will be the company's fifth New York store....”

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17 October 2016

• No Salmon Stocking For the Naugy…Until It Rains

"Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)...announced that its 2016 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon have begun…

”Typically, the Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers are stocked with salmon several times in the fall. Anglers are advised that the exceedingly dry weather that Connecticut has been experiencing has dropped stream flows in the Shetucket and Naugatuck Rivers to levels unsuitable for stocking these fish at this time.

“When sufficient rainfall to improve stream flow conditions occurs, DEEP will be able to stock both rivers with the additional salmon that will be ready for release later this fall….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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16 October 2016

• LIS Fishing Report

“This action is being experienced pretty much throughout the Sound. Even during the rough stretches when waves rocked and pounded hulls, the blues were right in the middle of it all, hitting ‘brella rigs and jerked bucktails…

“On calmer days, chunks, live bait, and flies have all been taking more than their share of fish. From the Race to Faulkner’s past New Haven and farther west, bluefish are not disappointing anglers during this fantastic year....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Zip06.com

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