27 June 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 26 June 2014

Black Sea Bass fishing season opened this past Saturday with some nice humpbacks exceeding 5 lbs being reported. Sea bass can be found in LIS over areas with structure including wrecks, rocky or gravelly bottom, or sand dune-like formations.

Striped Bass fishing is fair to good at the usual spots: 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, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the Cows off Stamford.

Live lining bunker is the way to go but fresh cut chunk baits on three way rigs or casting live or dead eels after dark have been effective on “cow” bass.

Bluefish fishing is also good at any of the major reefs or rip areas. Bluefish spots include the Race, Sluicway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, bouys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Vertical jigging with diamond jigs has been effective in deep water areas such as “The Race”.

Fluke fishing was pretty slow over this past weekend. There were a lot of skates and searobins being caught along with many “throwback” sublegal size fluke. The usual fluke spots worth trying include the 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 Gardiners Bay and the Port Jefferson area (NY).

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

Hickory Shad fishing is fair in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood tide is better in the Connecticut River.

Weakfish fishing remains ffair to good In New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point) over To Milford Point.

Blue Crabbing is good in the tidal creeks and rivers from East Lyme over to Westbrook.

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

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