06 October 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report [Update] – 04 OCT 2012

Bluefish are throughout LIS and fishing is about peak. This is prime time for surf anglers to hook up with some monster choppers roaming along the Connecticut shoreline. Our coastal state parks are definitely worth trying out! Go to our web site at http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/marinefish/fishmap.htm to find fishing locations close to home.

Striped Bass fishing is on the tough side with all of the bluefish around. Dusk through dawn is your best chance at scoring with cow bass. Live lining bunker or eels on three way rigs is the ticket.

The usual spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, off Black Point, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, qne Falkner Island area.

Also, New Haven Harbor, Milford Harbor jetties/Gulf Beach, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, the reefs around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blackfish fishing season reopens on October 10. the daily creel limit is 4 fish and the minimum length limit is 16 inches.

Porgy fishing is at about peak so the time to go is now! Most of the rocky reefs and wrecks throughout LIS will harbor scup.

Black Sea Bass fishing is very good. The best time to go for catching humpbacks is around slack tide. For those anglers willing to venture further, Block Island Sound has been red hot!

Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito can be found cruising around in Fishers Island Sound, Watch Hill to Wilderness Point, Bluff Point, Pine Island area off the mouth of the Thames River, the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Harkness Memorial State Park, Jordan Cove to Millstone Point, and the Black Point area.

Fluke fishing is about over.

Blue Claw Crabbing has slowed down to pretty much a stop.

Source: CTDEEP

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