07 April 2010

4/7 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

First day of fishing in Connecticut, that is....

Don G. was kind enough to take me out in his boat today as Shoo-Fly 3 had not yet hit the water.

Photo shows my first striped bass of the season, caught on a Toad Fly.

We probably boated about 70 fish today; all were released. No keepers in the bunch as they have to be at least 28" to keep. This fish of Don's was the biggest of the day.

Of course, as all know, Wednesday was an amazing day in terms of weather. It hit the eighties and even the 15-20 knot winds blowing us all over the River were hot on our faces.

Some of the stripers were "rats" [small fish] but most were large enough to put up a good battle on our light tackle.

Construction repairs are underway on the I-95 bridge over the Housatonic. How this is going to affect highway travel and River travel remains to be seen.

Here's Don with another good fish.

Capt. Jeff Northrop was out on the River in his new Maverick Master Angler flatsboat, pulling them in left and right with the fly rod, as usual.

Don’t forget, a 2010 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.

Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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