10 July 2010

09 July Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

The main success Don G. and I had on Friday was the sandwiches we bought from the Pickle Barrel deli at Hard's Corner in Stratford [1884 Main Street, Corner of Main and Stratford Avenue].

It was a beautiful day on the water...the clouds over the mainland were quite spectacular.

Click on photos to enlarge.

We ended up doing quite the tour of Long Island Sound points of interest, including Middleground...

...then Penfield Reef...

...up into Black Rock Harbor...

...and finally Bridgeport Harbor where we go into both bluefish and striped bass, but all schoolie stuff...no photo-eligible fish.

Still, it was another great day on the water.

• CT DEP Fishing Report

“Striped bass and bluefish fishing has slowed down a bit from what it was a few weeks ago. We are beginning the summer doldrums so night is definitely the time to go for linesiders.

"Bluefish are spotty throughout LIS but some places like Pigeon Rip (area just north of Plum Island) can provide some good top water action. Just look for diving terns especially right after sunrise.

"The other usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef (Fishers Island Sound), lower Thames River, the Race (by Race Rock and Valiant Rock), outer Bartlett Reef, the Sluiceway, Plum Gut, warm water discharge from Millstone Power Station, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor, buoys #18 and #20 off Bridgeport, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, Eatons Point area on the New York side, Cable and Anchor Reef, Smith Reef and the reefs off Stamford and Greenwich. Snapper blues are in the tidal rivers and creeks and are about 3 to 4 inches in length.”

Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. Also, if you intend to fish above the Merritt Parkway bridge on the Housatonic River, you also need a Connecticut freshwater license. You can purchase these 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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