09 October 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 10 October 2013


Bluefish fishing is rated good. Bunker (Atlantic menhaden), hickory shad, and other baitfish are concentrated in many of the tidal rivers, harbors and coves and that’s where you will find monster choppers on the prowl!

Bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Thames River, Bartlett Reef, Harkness Memorial State Park, Black Point, Connecticut River including DEEP Marine Headquarters Fishing Pier and the fishing pier at the Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, Branford Harbor, inner New Haven Harbor, Charles Island-Milford area, lower Housatonic River, inner Bridgeport Harbor, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Striped Bass fishing is good but should get better as water temperatures drop and bluefish start to depart. Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Scup (porgy) fishing remains excellent and is near peak! Any of the major rocky reefs and shoreline areas with structure will be holding scup.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good to excellent over deep (90+ ft) rocky, cobble bottom areas, submerged structure and wrecks.

Hickory Shad fishing remains good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Atlantic Bonito and Little Tunny (false albacore) are hit or miss as usual. Fishing spots worth checking out include the Watch Hill area, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Tautog (blackfish) fishing season reopens on October 10th!

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


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