27 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 26 May 2016

STRIPED BASS now is the time to fish the tidal rivers and coves before the fish move out to the reefs. Good action still reported in the Thames, Connecticut, and Housatonic Rivers.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is good overall. 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.

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.

PORGY off shore fishing is crazy with reports of anglers catching over 1,000 on a single charter trip. 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. 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.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarter 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.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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