31 May 2015

• More On Bunker Die-Offs: “Whirling Disease”?


”What is killing off the menhaden?

”That's the question marine biologists and environmentalists are trying to answer after an unusual early-season die-off of thousands of the saltwater bait fish.

”The die-off has been reported at several locations, including in Long Island Sound along eastern Connecticut and in the estuaries of several area rivers….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

Photo by R. Chesson


• Listing of Party Boats Around Long Island



“These boats around Long Island are not just for parties, but for day or night fishing, and even overnight cruises.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday


30 May 2015

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 28 May 2015



Sorry that we haven't made many reports recently.

[Flashes in the water in this photo are bunker up around the power lines on the Housatonic River.]



We were off the water for two weeks with an electrical malfunction on the boat.

[Ospreys were undoubtedly happy about the arrival of the bunker.]



I actually managed to correct the problem myself. Nothing quite like salt water and electronics. [Brant geese]


If I had a gazillion dollars I'd have a copter up there finding fish schools.


The story for us has been mostly schoolie stripers.


Charlie W. and I were out on Thursday and caught [and released] a bunch of them.


The oyster-dragger fleet was also out in full force...from the looks of the full sacks on their sterns, dragging was going well.


Egrets are back in the marshes.


Charlie suggested since the party boat was in the mouth of the Housatonic, there mustn't have been much going on at Middleground. I suggested that in the fog the boat looked like the Maid of the Mist.


Elegant swans keeping a close eye on us.


At least two coast guard boats were active in the area...we behaved ourselves and didn't get rousted. And I finally remembered to put the 2016 registration stickers on the boat.


Unusually, we were seeing the bottom in as much as eight feet of water. Nice to have it that clear for a change. May have something to do with the fact that the water temperature is only 55° on Long Island Sound.


Schoolie stripers were scattered all over the mouth of the River...we caught them in every spot we fished.


Lots of fun on light tackle.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

28 May 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 28 May 2015


STRIPED BASS
fishing is good to excellent throughout the sound and lower tidal rivers. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs and rip areas. The usual areas include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, Faulkner’s Island, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, east of Milford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Live lining bunker, hickory shad, eels, scup or using fresh cut bait on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs will work for “Cow” bass. Trolling a Tube jigs/worms (add a sandworm) in red, bubblegum or pink has also been productive for “keeper” linesiders. Adult menhaden (bunker) now occur in the lower rivers throughout the sound and is an excellent live bait choice.

BLUEFISH fishing has just begun with an influx of harbor blues and good size “choppers blues” invading Long Island Sound. Bluefish weighing 8 to 10 pounds are being reported along the north shore of Long Island and throughout the Peconics. Fresh bunker chunks on three way rigs or speed-squidding diamond jigs work well. Harbor Blues have been reported at mouth of major rivers and bays.

FLUKE fishing is good overall. Squid are throughout Long Island Sound. Mid to western LIS anglers reported fluke from 3 to 5 lbs fish being common. There are some big doormats (fish to 10 pounds) out there but you have to put your time in if you want to be the “Duke of Fluke”. Fishing locations include south side of Port Jefferson, Peconics, Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, Woodmont, Norwalk (Islands) and off the mouth of the Housatonic River.

Since squid are coming in, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab doormat fluke! Try drifting with a white or pink Spro Jig and attach a Berkely Gulp (Chartreuse color).Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person. Note: New York has the same summer flounder regulations as Connecticut. However, Rhode Island is already open with an 18 inch minimum length and an 8 fish daily creel limit. Since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York please make sure you abide by the state with the most restrictive regulation when crossing (by boat) state boundaries.

PORGY fishing is good with the first large Porgies measuring 10-16 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at the Peconics. Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid/conch or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tacklesho for updated fishing information.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass and harbor blues. Flood or Ebb tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster, small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors.

WEAKFISH have arrived in Long Island Sound! Look for weakfish along the Branford/Guilford area through to the West Haven Sand Bar and over to Woodmont/Milford and Stratford. Gardiners Bay/The Peconics (North Shore of Long Island) are always a good early season fishing spot.

WHITE PERCH fishing continue to improve for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success.

WINTER FLOUNDER fishing is slow to fair as water temperature increases. However, flounder sharpies have limited out in the Niantic Bay area and the Brothers by the Fourmile River mouth. Also try the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River/Bay, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area (10-15 FOW), Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including
Baker Cove.

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


• Atlantic Menhaden Kills Reported in Connecticut Estuaries Over Memorial Day Weekend


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is studying potential causes of multiple natural fish kills reported during the past week in coastal waters.

The kills, which have been reported in several locations on the Thames River between Norwich and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, in the lower Connecticut River, in Clinton Harbor and on the Quinnipiac River involve hundreds to thousands of Atlantic menhaden at each location.

Small numbers of fish kills of other species have also been reported in these areas.

CTDEEP requests that anyone witnessing a fish kill in other coastal locations in the state contact the Marine Fisheries Division by telephone at 860-434-6043 or by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov.

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP


• New York: Want To Go To Jail for 15 Days?


• Take A Photo of That Trophy Out-of-Season Fish…

“The state Department of Environmental Conservation is cracking down on anglers who take photos of fish caught out of season and post them on social media websites.

”Photographing such fish is now a ticketable offense under a regulation that took effect April 1. The regulation is listed on Page 52 of the new DEC fishing guide that people get when they buy a fishing license.

”According to the fishing guide, “A person may not fish for a species (even if immediately released) during the closed season for that species on a given water. Fish caught during the closed season must be unhooked and released immediately. They may not be handled for any other purpose, including taking a photo.”

”Those who take photos of out-of-season fish can be ticketed by an environmental conservation officer, according to DEC Region 6 spokesman Stephen W. Litwhiler. The penalty can be a fine of up to $250, and/or 15 days in jail….

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Excuse me, but is it getting ridiculous out there...or what?


27 May 2015

• BP Oil Spill In Gulf Caused Massive Dolphin Die-Off


“The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster caused a fatal disease never seen before in dolphins living the in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

”The study finally gives verdict to whether or not petroleum exposure caused the biggest dolphin die-off ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico….

Please visit this link to read the full article: PBS.org


26 May 2015

• Fly-Fishing Myths De-Bunked


“The idea that fly-fishing is difficult is especially bothersome to me. I learned to fly-fish as a child and never even realized that there was another way to catch trout until I was about 10 years old…

”Another myth associated with fly-fishing is that it is expensive and that only rich folks can afford it. Again, nothing could be further from the truth. A lifetime ago, I worked as a construction laborer helping to build a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada. For my lunch, I carried a coil of 10-pound test leader material and a half-dozen flies in my shirt pocket. At noon, I would cut a 6- or 7-foot alder branch for a rod and tie on the leader and a fly….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GoldenStateNewspapers


25 May 2015

• Whales In Long Island Sound


“Four college buddies on an angling trip in the Long Island Sound this week came home with one heck of a fishing story — and the video to back it up.

”… they say they spotted a group of light gray forms underwater.

”Those forms turned out to be whales, and they seemed to be following the boat….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCNewYork


24 May 2015

• “Stay Off Charles Island"


“…Because of the annual return of endangered birds that nest on the island.

”Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook is [sic] now closed to the public from now through Sept. 9, 2015, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTNews.com


• For At Least One Species, More Fishermen Means Fewer Fish Caught


“The researchers were amazed when finding a strong correlation between high fishing intensity and hook-avoidance behavior…

”…this species had starkly changed the behaviour from aggressively attacking the baited hooks in the natural environments with low fishing pressure to being shy in exploited sites where they were able to recognize the fishing gear and avoid hooking.

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily


23 May 2015

• And the Stripers Are Back In Cape Cod Canal


“Local anglers always greatly anticipate the first keeper striper to come through the Cape Cod Canal — and that happened this past week. There wasn’t an extra parking spot anywhere near the canal last Monday morning.

”Everyone knows the fishing in the canal is about to catch fire with the first big runs of keepers….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Telegram.com


• The Stripers Are Back On Cape Ann


“It is always interesting to follow the fishing reports in May/June as the stripers migrate north from the Chesapeake Bay. Each year has its own special rhythm but the basic movement remains the same. First come the schoolies with a few keepers thrown in and then come the big cows….

”Unfortunately the science shows us that for a variety of reasons the numbers of fish making their annual trek north is decreasing quite dramatically….”.

Please visit this link to read the full article: GloucesterTimes


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island Area


“The three captains run small and large center console fishing boats from their East Coast Charters headquarters in Warwick. They fish a 21-foot center console on Narragansett Bay for striped bass, fluke and tautog.

”They also fish a 38-foot Donzi center console with three Mercury outboards for high-speed trips to fish warm water at the Northeast Canyons for such species as wahoo, mahi mahi, a variety of tuna, swordfish, sharks and more….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

Pic is a cobia


21 May 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 22 May 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing is picking up after the NEW Moon this past week. Early morning (before/during sunrise) has been the most productive for large cow bass. The usual areas include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, and Faulkner’s Island.

Also New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, east of Milford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Live lining bunker, hickory shad, eels, scup or using fresh cut bait on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs will work for “Cow” bass. Trolling Tube jigs/worms (add a sandworm) in red, bubblegum or pink has also been productive for “keeper” linesiders. Adult menhaden (Bunker) now occur in the lower rivers throughout the sound and is an excellent live bait choice.

WINTER FLOUNDER fishing remains good as water temperature increase, try the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River/Bay, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area (10-15 FOW), Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor (3 pound, 18 inch flounder caught this week). Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

WHITE PERCH fishing is improving for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success.

FLUKE fishing is fair overall. There are some big doormats (fish to 10 pounds) out there but you have to put your time in if you want to be the “Duke of Fluke”. Fishing locations include south side of Port Jefferson, Peconics, Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, Woodmont, Norwalk (Islands) and off the mouth of the Housatonic River. Since squid are coming in, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab doormat fluke! Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person. Note: New York has the same summer flounder regulations as Connecticut. However, Rhode Island is already open with an 18 inch minimum length
nd an 8 fish daily creel limit. Since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York.

BLUEFISH fishing has just begun...with an influx of good size choppers and “alligator-sized” blues invading Long Island Sound. Bluefish weighing 8 to 13 pounds are being reported along the north shore of Long Island and throughout the Peconics.

WEAKFISH have arrived in Long Island Sound! Look for weakfish along the Branford/Guilford area through to New Haven Harbor and over to Woodmont/Milford and Stratford. Gardiners Bay/The Peconics (North Shore of
Long Island) are always a good early season fishing spot.

Porgy fishing is fair with the first scup of the season migrating to the major reefs/rock piles. Porgies measuring 10-16 inches (“hubcap size”) in length are the norm! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass and American Shad. Flood tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster, small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors.

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


• NYC: Fishing the East River for Striped Bass, Bluefish


“At the St. Stephen’s Greenmarket, on East 82nd Street, local shoppers flock to the American Seafood tent to buy locally caught fish. But the city’s freshest catch can be had for free only a few blocks away. Just bring your hook, line and sinker.

“’Personally I like organic stuff, so I prefer fresh fish. I don’t eat farmed fish,’ said Walid Zowaal, 52, as he gazed out at his fishing line, which stretched out in the waters of the East River just below 100th Street. He is among the few city dwellers who head to the waters surrounding New York City this time of year to try and reel in bluefish, striped bass and perch….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYPress.com


20 May 2015

• 383 To Die in Traffic Accidents This Weekend


“Memorial Day is May 30 but it is observed on the last Monday in May. It is always a 3.25-day weekend consisting of Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In 2015, the holiday period extends from 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 22, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 25.1

”…the estimate of the number of nonfatal medically consulted injuries that will result from crashes during the holiday period is 46,300 with a range of 39,800 to 53,500.

”…estimate of 383 traffic fatalities from crashes during the holiday period….”

Please don’t be a statistic.

Please visit this link to read the full article: NationalSafetyCouncil


• Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound


“The New Haven port and waters around it are part of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, one of 35 land-based units (sectors) that cover the nation’s coasts and inland waterways. Sector Long Island Sound was created May 31, 2005 with consolidation of Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office Long Island Sound and Coast Guard Group Moriches, which was based on Long Island.

“Sector Long Island Sound covers Long Island Sound, including Connecticut’s coastline and the north and south shores of Long Island, as far west as Glen Cove on the north shore and Atlantic Beach on the south...."

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister


19 May 2015

• Beautiful Fish...From Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada




Photo shows Wayne Johnson [standing], the premier fishing guide in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and a client with two gorgeous landlocked salmon caught last week.


Monday morning Wayne and his guest caught the next two landlocks trolling small lures at the surface of Lac Tremblant. This fish is a female...


...and this one a male.

If you're interested in booking a salmon-fishing trip with Wayne for the next landlock season [he's already booked this year] you can email him at wayne.fishwhispererXXX@XXXGmail.com [remove the six Xs which are included to prevent email harvesters from using it for spamming].

Wayne also guides for smallmouth bass and muskellunge during summer and early fall.




18 May 2015

• How to Catch A Big Striper


“Early summer. You’re on a family getaway somewhere from Delaware to Cape Cod. You know the drill: kids covered in sand, overpriced dinners, miniature golf. But if you choose your sneak-away times carefully, you’ll have a shot at a 40-plus-pound striper from the beach with minimal effort.

”While the spring migration is just wrapping up in the southern part of its range, you’ll be in the thick of it here. Follow this plan to hook into a trophy….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream


17 May 2015

• All About Worm Hooks


“Hook designs are as varied as the fish species they can target. Here, Gear Guide highlights innovative ­saltwater hooks from numerous manufacturers.

”You might find a couple of new favorites to replace the old standbys….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SportFishingMag.com


• “Tracking River Herring”


“A new electronic tagging program has debuted on the Coonamessett River in Falmouth, MA in hopes of answering questions on the migration of river herring.

”This year, volunteers from the Coonamessett River Trust (CRT) are aiming to tag 400 river herring and track their spawning migration throughout the river system….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater


16 May 2015

• “Striped Bass Populations Appear To Be Decreasing Fast


“Winter striper fishing in the Thames River was incredible during the 1980s and 90s as the population rebounded from serious decline a decade earlier. We would constantly mark dense schools of stripers that were 10 to 20 feet thick in 40 feet of water that were often over a football field long. Sometimes there would be multiple, large schools crammed into the upper river from Norwich to the bridge in Preston.

”In recent years, those same areas that were full of juvenile stripers a few winters ago, mark like a lunar landscape on the fish finder screen. The low number of overwintering stripers throughout the region has been reflected in very poor winter striper and early spring action….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwichBulletin


• Blues Blitz LI Bays


“A blitz of blues has stoked the spirits of Sheepshead Bay boat captains, many of whom had been discouraged not only by the weather but also by the scarcity of this season’s winter flounder.

”Our local fleet has been catching those blues, by jigging or chunking, right at the Rockaway Inlet as well as in Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays. And that’s keeping anglers busy both day and evening….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewYorkDailyNews


• Fishing Report: Long Island, NY


"If you've put off making that first fishing trip of the season until the action heats up, wait no longer. With sunny skies for most of the past week, the full spring lineup is batting around as anglers drop their lines into the strike zone.

"Porgies now rule the Peconics, bluefish are tearing up the South Shore and school stripers reign supreme in North Shore harbors. Add Opening Day of fluke season to the menu Sunday and the table is set with a fun range of options...."

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday


15 May 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 15 May 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing is good to excellent for schoolies in most of the tidal rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. “COW” Bass have arrived with some very large “linesiders” being reported. Find the large schools of adult Menhaden (Bunker) throughout CTs shoreline/bays and you will find the trophy-sized stripers.

Locations include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands.

Sand and blood worms have been working the best, especially in turbid waters around the high tide. Casting swimming lures, small jigs with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. Fishing should continue to get better as water temperatures increase.

WINTER FLOUNDER fishing remains slow but improving as water temperature increases, try the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area, Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good to for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and worms are the key to success.

SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season opens Sunday, May 17th! The North Shore of Long Island is the hot spot. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person. Note: New York has the same summer flounder regulations as Connecticut. However, Rhode Island is already open with an 18 inch minimum length 2015 CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report No. 5, 5/14/2015 and an 8 fish daily creel limit. Since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York please make sure you abide by the state with the most restrictive regulation when crossing (by boat) state boundaries.

BLUEFISH and WEAKFISH have also arrived in Long Island Sound! The Race, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are early bluefish spots. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics.

PORGY fishing is fair with the first scup of the season migrating to the major reefs/rock piles. Porgies measuring 10-16 inches (“hubcap size”) in length are the norm! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

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


14 May 2015

• Trout Fisherman Tries Striped Bass


“And then the switch was turned on, temperature, tide, water speed, who knows, but the next two hours brought fish after fish to the hand.

"My first striper on the fly came that evening. It was a small fish by striper standards -- maybe fourteen inches in length, 2-3 pounds -- but what a specimen. Beautiful creatures. Caught it on a white and chartreuse clouser.

”For two hours we caught our fill….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMag.com



• Protecting Our Forage Fish


“A 20-percent reduction in the harvest of Atlantic menhaden was put in place in 2012.

”A recent stock assessment shows that Atlantic menhaden fish stocks are rebuilding, and commercial fish processors are asking for their catch limits to be increased….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Providence Journal


13 May 2015

• Lab Trained to Sniff Out Illegally Caught Fish


“’Saydee,’ a Labrador Retriever, had just completed training in the detection of illegally caught fish by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police to find two striped bass the men had caught that did not meet minimum length requirements.

”Ronaldo Oliviera, 30, of Bridgeport, was issued a misdemeanor summons. Eber Macario, 60, also of Bridgeport, was issued an infraction….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FoxCT

Photo is not related to the story.


• Osprey Cam: Live from Milford Point


”There are more than 400 Osprey nests in Connecticut but this is the only one we know of that everyone can watch simultaneously.

”Ospreys have been using the nesting platform at the Coastal Center since 1997. Its location, in the middle of the 840-acre Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh, allows the Ospreys to easily feed and care for young.

” This spot also offers visitors fantastic views of the raptors from the large viewing windows or the observation tower or platforms….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTAudubon.org


12 May 2015

• “Fly Fishing Around Structure”


“When you hook a big fish on a grassflat, you just let it run.

”When you hook a big fish under a dock or around pilings you can’t do that, unless you want to lose your expensive fly line as well as the fish….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• One More Dam To Be Removed


“…more than 17 miles of stream habitat upstream will be available to migratory fish such as American shad, alewife and blueback herring for the first time in more than 200 years.

”Conservation groups and states along the Eastern Seaboard and throughout Long Island Sound are focused on rebuilding the stocks of these keystone species by restoring access to freshwater habitats through dam removal and fishway construction….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwichBulletin.com


11 May 2015

• “Organize Your Hooks”


“One of the keys to successful live bait fishing is matching the size and style hook to the bait you fish. Regardless of whether you catch or buy your bait, baits vary in size from trip to trip.

”That’s why we’ve developed a hook box system so that we are always prepared to find the right hook for the bait at hand and the species of fish that we are targeting….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Change Your Lures…Diversity May Be the Key


“There’s nothing new about the notable crossover between largemouth bass fishing and coastal fishing… but if there’s one thing saltwater anglers can take from their freshwater counterparts, it’s diversity.

”Visit the takeoff for practically any bass tournament and the average angler will have at least a half-dozen different baits tied onto the rods laying across the deck….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Outdoor Life


10 May 2015

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 09 May 2015



Saturday morning was not a copy of the previous two days. Sunshine, warm, gentle breezes? Nope. Cloudy, foggy, chilly, and winds gusting out of the east.

Val S. and I were dressed for it...four layers including a windbreaker, but the chill still crept in. Where's the St. Bernard with the cask of brandy when you need him?



Looks as though the marsh edges have suffered more greatly this year than in previous years. Perhaps it's because of ice damage during this past, lovely winter?


We went up the Housatonic to an area where the striped bass had been congregating recently, and Val was promptly into a striper on the fly rod.


It was one of those rare days when the fish were more interested in taking flies than in grabbing swim baits.

Here, Val is apologizing for catching yet another striper while I'm still fishless.

It was at about this point that Mark M. came alongside in his boat to say hi. I'd been watching him catch one fish after another using spinning gear and asked him what was his secret. He showed me the bait he was using [one we did a post on a few days ago] and told me he was casting out, counting to five, and then bringing the bait back in with sharp jerks. He also had some nice comments to make about this blog...which, of course, I appreciated; it's so seldom one gets feedback on this sort of thing.



So I tried casting out, counting to five, and then bringing the bait back in with sharp jerks...and promptly hooked three fish on three successive casts.

Clearly, Mark M. knows what he's doing out there.

Photo is one of Val's fish with a blue/white Lefty's deceiver in it's lip.



Mark was kind enough to send me an email in which he said, "I’ve been fishing the Housy for about 4 years now - pretty much just during the late fall/winter (of course the dang ice put a stop on that early this past year) and into the springtime. It’s an amazing fishery that most people who only casually fish (or don’t fish at all) find it hard to believe the number of fish I tell them that winter-over there and think my buddies and I who go are crazy for fishing in sub-freezing temps just to keep a tight line. Once the winter-over fish head way down to the south as they seem to be doing now and fresh migrating stripers finally get back into the eastern sound – as I expect they will in full force this coming week – we switch over to striper fishing in the lower CT River and points east along the coast.

"With that said, I think yesterday might be my last trip to the Housy until next November...."

This is probably a good move on Mark's part as the fish in the Housatonic seem more scattered and more difficult to find with each successive trip.



Elegant Canada Goose


Work goes on even on the weekends for some folk.

We won't see Val for a while as he's off to Costa Rica [if the volcanos don't close the airports in CR again]; hopefully, he'll forward us some fish photos from there that we can post on this blog.


Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com