20 June 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 19 June 2014

Black Sea Bass fishing season opens this Saturday, June 21st. The minimum length limit is 13 inches and the daily possession limit is 3 fish per person in Connecticut waters only.

Striped Bass fishing has been best during pre-dawn hours and past dusk. There are a lot of bunker in LIS especially in the tidal rivers and harbors. Live lining bunker has been the choice bait for “cow” stripers.

Striper spots 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, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

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

Bluefish fishing has become more consistent with a mix bag of fish in the 3 to 9 lbs range. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS will harbor bluefish. Speed squidding diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three-way bottom rigs have all been effective.

Fluke fishing was sporadic over this past week with a lot of short “throwbacks” being reported. However, fluke “sharpies” still reported doormats up to 9 lbs! Fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson (NY).

Porgy fishing remains fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS.

Hickory Shad fishing remains fair to good in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor.

Weakfish fishing remains fair to good in New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point) over to Milford Point.

Blue Crabs are active in the tidal creeks and rivers from East Lyme over to Westbrook.

To find a saltwater shore fishing spot close to where you live, go to the following website: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/.

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

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