28 May 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 28 May 2015

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

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