|Striped Bass fishing has improved on the local reefs and rip areas with fish measuring (length in inches) in the high 40’s being reported. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup is a good way to score on “cow” stripers. Also, don’t overlook fishing the rivers at night. Large stripers have been ascending the tidal rivers to feast on bunker. |
Striper spots include the usual spots: Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches.
Also, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.
Bluefish fishing is still not consistent for this time of year but is slowly getting there. There is a mixed bag of sizes with most fish ranging from 4 lbs to the lower teens. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snapper fishing has picked up with fish measuring about 3-5 inches in length. Any of the tidal creeks and rivers during the flood tide will do.
Fluke fishing is fair to good especially in deeper (50+ ft) water. Flukin’ spots 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 over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.
Porgy fishing continues to improve on the local reefs.
Black Sea Bass fishing is also good on the major reefs and wrecks. The reefs from Madison over to Branford reefs have been consistent fishing areas.
Hickory Shad fishing remains good in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).
Blue Crabbing continues to improve in the tidal creeks as the season progresses.
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