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.

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