27 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 27 October 2016

• SALMON: Last week 275 broodstock Atlantic Salmon were stocked into the Shetucket River Broodstock Area on Tuesday, 10/18, and 270 broodstock Atlantic Salmon were stocked into the Naugatuck River (135 fish in the upper broodstock area and 135 fish into the lower broodstock area) on Friday, 10/21.

• BLACKFISH fishing is really good throughout LIS in 20-60ft! Fish any rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks, they will produce great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work, especially on jigs.

Consider putting the crab (bait) on a chartreuse and orange jig (1.5 – 3.0 ounces in weight/depending on tide and wind). The lighter the jig the better...feel more bites. Use braid in 30-50 lb class and/or a 50 lb fluorocarbon leader (sensitivity to feel the bites is important). Also use a 4/O Gamagatsu hook (Octopus style) when using bait. I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautog this fall.

• STRIPED BASS fishing is very good around the “New Moon," with its large tidal influences. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. The top water technique has produces some very big bass, (55 inches – 48 pounds, DEEP Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Old Saybrook).

Striper spots include the lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Dock & Dine shore fishing access), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH fishing is good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies (Try the Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch Fishing Pier).

Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, CT DEEP Headquarters, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE fishing continues to be good especially in the western sound. Pink and green is the lure color choice. Many anglers are scoring using a 3” Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. Shore anglers are scoring at Long Beach in Stratford (find the birds working). Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime.

Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging (1.5oz crippled herring) for them also works when they are close to the bottom and your fish finder is “lit up”.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing is excellent. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Angler please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there...let’s give them a chance to grow, reproduce and get big.

• PORGY fishing is good throughout the Sound. Catch them up before they migrate south. Party/Charter boats are still targeting them...that’s how plentiful they are.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier),East and West River, Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

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

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