05 September 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 04 September 2014

Striped Bass fishing has improved overall and is rated good. With the abundance of bunker (Atlantic menhaden) throughout LIS, fishing for both Bluefish and stripers is looking good for an excellent fall run! Bluefish and striped bass can be found in the lower tidal rivers ripping through bunker schools.

Fishing spots 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 (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), 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.

Snapper Bluefish fishing should be nearing peak in the tidal creeks and rivers where they are often found mixed in with Hickory Shad. Hickory shad fishing remains good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Fluke fishing is starting to wane down. Best bet for a doormat is in deeper water of 90+ feet. With the abundance of snapper blues around, try live lining a frisky snapper into the briny deep!

Porgy fishing remains good to excellent! Any submerged structure in LIS will be holding these scrappy fighting fish.

Black Sea Bass fishing is starting to kick into high gear as the fall season approaches. Humpheads can be found on structure such as rock piles, wrecks, and anywhere with gnarly bottom! Note that the Black Sea Bass daily creel limit is now 8 fish per person.

Blue Crabbing is still hanging in there but the more popular areas have been picked over!

Blackfish fishing season is now closed

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

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