21 September 2009

Fishing Reports for Connecticut


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Fishing Report from Charles Walsh

“Some larger blues have at last reached the power lines in the lower Housatonic River…. Generally striper fishing is still just fair....”

Report in ConnPost.com

Photo: Atlantic Ocean off Scarborough, Maine

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Fishing Report from CT DEP

Striped bass fishing is good if you can avoid those pesky bluefish! Striper and bluefish spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Napatree Point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef and the humps to the south, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, and the reefs around the Norwalk Islands. This is also prime time for anglers to hit the beach for some excellent shore fishing and don’t forget about our coastal state parks for a variety of angling/crabbing opportunities!

Snapper bluefish fishing remains good along the coastline. Snappers are about 6 inches in length.

Scup fishing is good to excellent on the local reefs with fish measuring 17 inches in length being common!

Hickory shad fishing remains fair to good in the lower Niantic River and Connecticut River but should improve as autumn approaches.

Little tunny (false albacore) and Atlantic bonito (green bonito) are still racing around in LIS. Tuna spots include the Watch Hill area, south side of Fishers Island, Race Rock (the Race), Little Gull Island, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area and off the Norwalk Islands.

Blue crabbing is still hanging in there and now is a good time to catch monster jimmies before they move out into deeper water.

Source: CTDEP
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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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