04 November 2009

11/3 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Rich N. and I departed from Newtown Bait & Tackle about 0930 on Tuesday and headed south to Stratford.

On arriving at the Marina we could see gulls diving near the ends of two of the docks...looked as though there was action right in the slips.

Sure enough, there were unknown numbers of small stripers feeding between the docks and out into the River.


We caught twenty to thirty of the little rascals...but that got a little boring, so we headed out into the marsh to see if we could find any larger, more interesting targets.

The marsh held the usual contingent of mute swans and brant [small geese], but on the last of the incoming tide, there wasn't much going on fish-wise.

Out at the mouth of the River the wind, from the southwest, was increasing in intensity. Blowing in from the SW it was rolling down the Sound all the way from Manhattan...so our hopes of getting around the corner and over to Russian Beach, Long Beach, and Bridgeport Harbor were dashed on the side of the boat.

It would have been a tough run, and besides, we were finding fish in the River so there was no real need to head out into the gale.

The Coasties came along and stopped a boat that was coming up into the River. We figured they'd be over checking us next, but they took off toward New Haven without stopping us.

I think there's this thing about wearing life vests all the time that tends to keep the law away from Shoo-Fly 3. They look over, see we're wearing the vests, and figure they'd be wasting their time checking us...maybe.

At any rate, it's an interesting concept; any readers who are planning to bring in controlled substances via the water might like to try wearing life vests to see if that helps keep the law away.

So we caught more stripers out at the mouth of the River and then headed back toward the Marina. Couldn't resist stopping to catch a bunch more of the smaller stripers...just to finish off the day. They're a lot of fun on a 7-wt. fly rod.

No bluefish this day, but we later heard from Charlie W. that he hooked a large blue while fishing from his kayak off Cedar beach...but the beast bit him off. Also, forgot to mention that we brought in one schoolie striper that was hit, right at the side of the boat, by a large bluefish. The chopper made a real mess of the striper's tail.

Speculation: These small stripers may be some of the fish that winter-over in the Housatonic River. If so, we should be getting reports of them being found further up-river as the month progresses.

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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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