03 May 2013

• 5 Fishing Reports: Western CT, Rhode Island, Thames River, CTDEEP

• Western Connecticut Shore Fishing Report 1

“Last week, the saltwater fishing has picked up. Striped bass fishing is your best bet locally with many customers reporting bass all around the harbors.

”The action is good and will only get better by next week. The largest fish caught last week was a 20-pound keeper. All of the fish have been caught on sandworms and soft plastics.”

Source: TheHour.com

• Western Connecticut Shore Fishing Report 2

“…striped bass fishing is really beginning to erupt all along the Connecticut coastline and that includes local beaches and the Norwalk Islands. They're catching fish on sandworms and on artificial lures too.

”While most are schoolies, there are already enough keeper-sized fish to 31-inches showing up to make things more than interesting. Creek mouths, Stamford cows, all around the Islands are already yielding bass. Winter flounder also continue to please local anglers with lots of action right in the harbor.”

Source: TheHour.com

• Thames River Fishing Report

“…school striper action has been slow for the past couple of years probably because of another decline in the striped bass population.

”… a few stripers up to the low 30-inch range being caught at Uncas Leap in the Yantic River, and the water below Greenville Dam.”

Source: NorwichBulletin.com

• Rhode Island Fishing Report

“Schools of small stripers are moving into the Narrow River…

”…took several schoolies on imitation shrimp, and a dark brown-and-olive high tie with dark olive thread for the head…the sand eels should be here any time now.”

Source: ProvidenceJournal.com

• CTDEEP Marine Fishing Report - 02 MAY 2013

Striped Bass fishing has improved over the past week with keeper size fish being reported. The major tidal rivers are boasting good action. Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Thames River from Norwich down to Montville, Millstone warm water discharge, Niantic River, Connecticut River by Great Island (Wood Lot), Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Winter Flounder fishing has improved at Bluff Pt. State Park, mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area, Niantic River, and Norwalk Harbor. Chumming heavily is key for a successful trip.

Bluefish should be just around the corner as water temperatures creep into the lower 50s°F. Early season spots include the Race, Millstone warm water discharge, Plum Gut including Gardiners Bay (NY), and New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point).

Tautog fishing season is closed from May 1st thru and including June 30th. The reason for the springtime closure is to protect those big spawning females!

For Current Connecticut Recreational Fishing Regulations: Anglers should consult the 2013 Connecticut Anglers Guide which is now available at most Town Clerks' Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. 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.

Source: CTDEEP

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