19 November 2011

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

STRIPED BASS fishing for schoolies has picked up throughout LIS especially on the shoal and rip areas around river mouths. Most fish being caught are about 22 to 28 inches in length. As water temperatures decline further, school stripers will be moving into coastal tidal rivers in big numbers for overwintering. As of now, live lining pencil sized eels or creeker mummichogs on slider fish finder rigs are the way to go. Just remember to use circle hooks to avoid gut hooking.

BLUEFISH fishing is just about over although there are some stragglers still around. Fishing warm water discharge areas from power plants is worth trying for both blues and stripers.

SCUP fishing is also dwindling quickly as water temps fall.

TAUTOG fishing season has slowed down on the major reefs. You may be better off trying less popular obscure fishing spots that have not been picked over.

HICKORY SHAD can be found in the lower Black Hall and Connecticut Rivers. Small silver spoons, shad darts, willow leafs and jigs work well on these acrobatic “Tarpons of the North”. Regulations reminders:

SCUP - The scup fishing season continues through to the end of the year. The daily creel and length limit remains the same (10 fish per angler and 10 ½ inches). Note that the party/charter boat creel limit is now 10 fish per day (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).

BLACK SEA BASS – The black sea bass fishing season also will remain open for the rest of the year.


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