30 May 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 29 May 2014


Striped Bass fishing has picked up both in the tidal rivers and the reefs and rip areas in LIS. Dusk to dawn is the best time for “cow” stripers on the reefs. Live eels or bunker on three way rigs always work well for early summer bass. Just try to use non-offset circle hooks to reduce “gut hooking” when using live or cut chunk baits.

The usual striper areas include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point),

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Bluefish fishing has started in LIS with the Race, Plum Gut, Gardiners Bay, Peconic Bays, and the north shore of Long Island producing consistent action.

Summer Flounder (fluke) fishing is fair to good. Montauk, NY appears to be the hot spot with a fluke weighing in the double digits being reported this past week. But, you don’t have to travel too far from home to get into keeper size fish.

Other fishing locations include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Watch Hill to Napatree Point, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Peconic Bays, Twotree Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, Woodmont, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson.

Anglers Please Note: New York has the same summer flounder (fluke) regulations as Connecticut. Rhode Island has an 18 inch minimum length with an 8 fish daily creel limit. However, since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York, make sure you abide by the state with the most restrictive regulation when crossing (by boat) state boundaries.

Winter Flounder fishing remains very slow at best.

Scup (porgy) (fishing is still on the early side but there is plenty of action on the reefs in eastern LIS.

Hickory Shad fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.

Weakfish fishing has picked up from Branford through West Haven to Milford (Charles Island) including the mouth of the Housatonic River.

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


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