02 June 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report 31 May 2012

Striped Bass fishing remains good. The Race, outer Bartlett Reef, and Plum Gut have been pretty consistent fishing spots. Other striper locations include Watch Hill and the reefs in between the eastern tip of Fishers Island, Black Point, lower Connecticut River 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, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Housatonic River (up to the Derby Dam), Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the reefs off Stamford and Greenwich. Live baits such as Atlantic menhaden (bunker), scup (porgy) and eels have been scoring well on cow bass weighing over 40 lbs! Just remember to use circle hooks in order to reduce gut hooking.

Bluefish fishing has improved dramatically with “rat” bluefish (2 to 4 lbs) racing around stealing baits meant for fluke! The Race, Pigeon Rip, and Plum Gut have been consistent chopper locations. Other spots include Millstone outflow, Gardiners Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Fluke fishing is good but you have to wade through a lot of shorts to get to that keeper slab. The north side of Long Island from Horton Point over to Port Jefferson is always a productive area. Other spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Black Point/Niantic Bay, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River. Large silversides and small butterfish have been killer baits!

Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs.

Weakfish can be found in the New Haven Harbor area but most catches are caught accidently by anglers targeting fluke.

Winter Flounder fishing season is closed from May 31st to Mar 31st.


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