04 July 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 03 July 2014

Striped Bass fishing picked up over the week with some “cow” stripers being caught by anglers using live bunker. The usual 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 is fair to good. Early morning and evening times are best especially for some top-water fishing action. 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. Snappers have arrived in the tidal creeks and rivers.

Fluke fishing remains fair to good. Anglers targeting fluke report that skates, searobins, and dogfish appear to be in plentiful supply. Fluke spots include the typical locations: 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, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS. A hubcap size scup in the 3 lb range was reported over this past week! As the season progresses scup fishing will only get better.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good in LIS. Fishing over deep water structure in 80 to 120 feet around slack tide will produce some nice “humpbacks”.

Blackfish fishing season reopened July 1 in Connecticut waters. The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches.

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

Blue Crabbing is fair to good in the tidal creeks.

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

NOTE: Another article—Fluke Is Hot!—will be posted later today.

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