11 May 2012

Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report

Striped bass fishing is fair to good at the reefs off Watch Hill and the eastern tip of Fishers Island, lower Pawcatuck River, the Race, Plum Gut, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, lower Connecticut River (DEP fishing pier) and along Great Island, Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, Thimble Islands to the Branford Reefs, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River (up to the Derby Dam), Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. The following baits and gear that have been working well include live eels or bunker (Atlantic menhaden), fresh cut bunker or mackerel, and whole sand or blood worms on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs and bouncing three way bucktail or soft bodied jigs off the bottom.

Bluefish fishing is overall on the slow side. Choppers are mostly small (4-6 lbs). Fishing spots include the Race, Millstone outflow, Plum Gut including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Bridgeport Harbor, and the Norwalk Islands.

Winter flounder fishing remains fair to good. Flounder spots include the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area, Niantic River, mouth of the Connecticut River by the east breakwater (on a flood tide), and Westport to Norwalk. Heavy chumming is a must!

Scup (porgy) fishing opened May 1. Fishing the local reefs is on the slow side for scup.

White perch fishing remains fair to good in the coves of the Pawcatuck, Thames, Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers.

Tautog (blackfish) fishing season is closed.


Stripers Return to ‘Cape Ann

”The first bass of the fishing season were caught in mid-April, about two weeks ahead of the schedule they've set for themselves in recent times.”


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