20 May 2012

Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report

Striped Bass fishing continues to improve as migrants cruise through LIS. The usual striper haunts include Watch Hill reefs to eastern tip of Fishers Island, the Race, Plum Gut, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, lower Connecticut River (DEEP 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), Milford Harbor breakwaters and Charles Island area including the tombolo, Housatonic River (up to the Derby Dam), Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

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 are the ticket. Three way bucktail jigs having been working well in deep water areas such as the Race and Plum Gut.

Bluefish fishing is slowly improving. Bluefish spots include the Race, Millstone outflow, Plum Gut, Gardiners Bay, rip areas along the north shore of Long Island where the water temperature is warmer than the Connecticut side, 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, and the Westport – Norwalk area. Again chumming is the key for success!

Fluke fishing opened on May 15th. Minimum length is 18 inches and the daily possession limit is 5 fish per person.

Porgy fishing still remains on the slow side.

White Perch fishing remains good with anglers limiting out. Coves of the Pawcatuck, Thames, Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers are the spots. Grass shrimp is the bait to go with!

For Current Connecticut Recreational Fishing Regulations: Anglers should consult the new 2012 Connecticut Anglers Guide which is now available at most Town Clerks Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. Anglers can purchase their fishing licenses online (www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense) or at participating town halls, DEEP field offices and fishing tackle vendors. Current regulations, electronic versions of the Angler’s Guide and additional information can all be accessed on the DEEP website at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing .


Historic 19th Century Shipwreck Discovered in Northern Gulf of Mexico

During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered an historic wooden-hulled vessel which is believed to have sunk as long as 200 years ago. Scientists on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots with lights and high definition cameras to view remnants of the ship laden with anchors, navigational instruments, glass bottles, ceramic plates, cannons, and boxes of muskets.


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