”Every spring, the shad return from the open ocean to run up the Connecticut River to spawn. The run, which has been terrible for the past decade, is on right now. So far, things look encouraging for a stronger-than-normal run this spring. As one veteran shad fishermen told me Friday: "It's got to be better this year; the shad fishermen are not crying as much as usual." Restaurants along the Connecticut River report they have had shad on their menus for several weeks, and you can expect it to remain there through June."
Eastern Connecticut Fishing Report
”There are still a few striped bass in the Thames River, but action will slow rapidly as water temperatures climb and the herring and shad they are chasing drop back downriver.
”A second indication of how rapidly the season is progressing is the 36-inch, 20-pound-class bluefish….”