09 May 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 08 May 2014

Striped Bass fishing is fair to good for schoolies in most of the tidal rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. There are also some keepers in the mix as well. Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River...

Also, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands. Sand and blood worms have been working the best especially in turbid waters. Casting swimming lures, small jigs with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. Fishing should get better as we approach the magical 50°F mark!

Winter Flounder fishing remains slow in the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

Special note- Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program: The Bonus Striped Bass Voucher Program will run May 1 through December 31 in 2014. Vouchers will be available beginning May 1 at DEEP Offices and Facilities listed below. There is a limit of one voucher annually per fishing license holder. However, for convenience one person may pick up at most two vouchers by presenting valid fishing licenses for two anglers. Children are also eligible to receive a voucher by signing up for a free Youth Fishing Passport. Vouchers will be available on a first come first serve basis for as long as supplies last.

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

• Housatonic River to Run Red – Hopefully Not the Start of Pharaoh’s Ten Plagues

“The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is telling residents not to be alarmed if the Housatonic River runs red.

”A study over the next two weeks of how wastewater affects oysters growing in the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound will include use of a dye that will briefly turn a portion of the river reddish.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StratfordStar.com

• Reef Balls, Submerged At High Tide, Protect Stratford Point

“A protective and habitat enhancing "living shoreline" is installed on the Audubon property on Stratford Point in the Lordship section of Stratford, Conn. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

”Submerged at high tide, the barrier reduces storm erosion by dissipating the power of waves while at the same time provides living environments for tide zone fauna.”

Please visit this link to read the full article; also the source of the photo: CTPost.com

• Fisheries of the U.S. - Economics and Status of Stocks Now Available

“This week, NOAA Fisheries released two important reports that continue to document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally managed fisheries: Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012 and the Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013.

”Together, these two reports highlight the strength of our federal fisheries and underscore the broad and positive economic impacts that commercial and recreational fishing contribute to the nation's economy.”

Please visit this link to read the first report: Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012

Please visit this link to read the second report: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013

• Fayerweather Lighthouse Keeper Honored—Posthumously

“Praised for performing dangerous work at a time when women couldn't even vote, a lighthouse keeper credited with saving 21 people during her 61 years of service received a grave marker Thursday more than a century after she was buried.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost.com

• “Long Island Fishing Action Picks Up After Slow Start”

“After a relatively slow start, local fishing action picked up some steam on several fronts during the last few days. Until recently, the western end of Long Island had clearly seen the better scores, but catches to the east are now building as well...

”Most surprising has been a significant upturn in winter flounder action.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday.com

• Rhode Island Area Fishing Report

“’School bass are in, but no reports of anyone catching a keeper bass,…. But customers are buying clams to fish for bass.’

“’School bass are in East Greenwich Bay and Cove from Sally Rock all the way back to the Goddard Park boat ramp in East Greenwich Cove…. My son caught fish in the mid-20 range, but no keepers.’

”Tautog fishing is very slow.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal.com

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