13 June 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 12 June 2014

• Striped Bass fishing has improved on the reefs for anglers fishing pre-dawn hours and past dusk. Live lining eels, bunker or scup have yielded some “cow” bass over the past week. Remember 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 (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, 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 is good with fish in the 3 to 5 lb range being common. Bluefish are throughout LIS. The more consistent spots include the Race, Plum Gut, Sluiceway, and the major reefs mid sound such as Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground and Cable and Anchor Reef in western LIS. Fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three way bottom rigs have been effective.

• Fluke fishing has also improved especially in eastern LIS and the south side of Fishers Island. Fluke in the 5 to 7 lbs range have been reported. The usual fluke spots 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, Gardiners Bay over to Greenport (NY), Twotree Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson (NY).

• Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS and should improve as the season progresses.

• Hickory Shad fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood tide is your best bet.

• Weakfish fishing remains fair to good in New Haven Harbor over to Milford Point.

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

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