20 July 2012

• Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Report

Striped Bass: Fishing remains good during after dark hours. The usual striper haunts include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, Falkner Island area, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Live lining bunker, scup, or eels on three-way rigs is the way to go!

Bluefish: Good throughout LIS. The Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Madison and Branford Reefs, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground have been consistent spots. In the tidal rivers and harbors, look for bunker schools on the water surface making a commotion. This is a dead give-a-way bluefish are around.

Snapper Bluefish: Good to excellent in the tidal rivers and creeks. Snappers are about 4 to 6 inches long.

Fluke: Fishing has slowed down and is rated fair to good, although some doormats weighing in from 5 to 7 lbs have been reported over this past week. Fluke spots include Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, outer New Haven Harbor, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River.

Porgy: Good to excellent on the major reefs and rock piles. Fish measuring 13 to 15 inches are not unusual.

Black Sea Bass: Good on the reefs and wrecks in deep water (90+ ft.). Fishing around slack tide is best.

Hickory Shad: Hit or miss in the lower Connecticut River from Baldwin Bridge to Great Island.

Inshore tuna (Atlantic Bonito and Little Tunny) have showed up early in eastern LIS (Watch Hill area, south shore of Fishers Island) and Block Island Sound.

Blue Crabbing remains good in the tidal creeks of Stonington to Mystic, Thames River, and tidal creeks and coves in Niantic to Old Lyme and Westbrook to Guilford.


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