17 July 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 17 July 2014

Striped Bass fishing has basically come down to the night shift. Live lining bunker, eels, or scup has been effective on “cow” bass.

The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of 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 improved on the local scene. Most bluefish being caught are about 4 to 9 lbs. Bluefish fishing spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snappers are in the tidal creeks and are about 3 to 4 inches in length.

Fluke fishing is fair. 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 over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS.

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

Blue Crabbing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers.

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

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