14 August 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 14 August 2014


Striped Bass fishing remains good with fish in the 40+ inch range being reported. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup on the reefs after dark has been the ticket.

Striper spots worth trying include the 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 fair to good. Fish finder rigs baited with fresh bunker chunks has been effective for larger choppers. 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 is fair to good in the tidal creeks and rivers. Fishing around the top of the flood tide has been better. Most snappers are about 4-6 inches in length.

Fluke fishing picked up over this past week with doormats weighing 7+ lbs being reported. Using live snapper blues for bait is the ticket for catching that trophy doormat! Summer flounder 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 and Black Sea Bass fishing remains good on the major reefs and wrecks throughout LIS.

Hickory Shad fishing is fair to good in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Fishing around the top of the flood tide is best.

Blue Crabbing remains good although the more popular areas have been hit hard. Try crabbing at lesser known spots to better your chances.

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


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