20 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 19 May 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is very good especially with the approaching full ”flower” moon. There have been some very large stripers being caught in the Thames River (Norwich). Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock and Dine), 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 for “schoolie” bass. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. Find the menhaden (bunker) and you will find those beautiful stripers. The evening/night bite is fantastic with bait, including eels.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is good overall and quickly improving. As squid enter Long Island Sound...fishing will only get better. Mid to western LIS anglers reported fluke from 3 to 7 lbs being common. Anglers targeting fluke report that skates and searobins appear to be in plentiful supply.

Fluke spots include the typical locations: south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands. 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 Bucktail Jig and attach a Berkely 3”- 4” Gulp Mullet in chartreuse, white or pink color. Fresh squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

WHITE PERCH fishing is fair, outgoing tide is better along the Connecticut shoreline and its coves. 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 small garden worms are the keys to success.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is phenomenal by Orient Point and the north shore bays. Much better in Gardiners Bay and the Peconics (Little Peconic Bay is hot). Hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best scup fishing you will ever experience. These prespawn scup are gigantic! Seriously, try fishing on a party boat and enjoy some great fishing. Porgies measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these excellent 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.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is slow but improving. The early season hot spot is Falkner Island and from New Haven to Woodmont. Fishing over any deep water structure in 60 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet) on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair 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 (single hook), small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors. One day they are here in large numbers...the next day you are left wondering...where did they go.

WEAKFISH. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY). Some really nice 8 to 12 pound fish have been recently caught at Sandy Point in West Haven.

BLUEFISH. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are the early season hotspots. The “Blues” are coming as we speak...chasing the squid into the sound..

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