STRIPED BASS fishing is good to excellent for “schoolies” along Connecticut’s shoreline. Bass fishing continue to be good around the Full ”Flower” Moon in all of the tidal rivers. There are also some keepers in the mix as well (51 inch striped bass from the lower CT and upper Housatonic Rivers). 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), the Sound School Fishing Pier, Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands.
Sand and blood worms have been working the best, especially in turbid waters around the high tide. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse and other light colors) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will also work. A 44” Striped Bass this week was caught in the Western Sound off of Rye, NY. This fish was caught with a Mojo (jig with a plastic shad body). Other keeper sized striped bass were also caught in the Housatonic while trolling with Umbrella Rigs (the night bite is hot).
Fishing should get better as we approach the magical 55°F mark! Top-water fishing has also been fantastic during low light conditions. The fish are hugging the shoreline in less than10’ of water... go out enjoy some of the best fishing in New England. Schools of Bunker (menhaden) are arriving as we speak.
Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY).
WINTER FLOUNDER fishing remains slow but improving in the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area, 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.
WHITE PERCH fishing is good to excellent 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. Shrimp and small worms are the key to success.
SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season opens May 4 through September 30. Time to get the boat, and fishing gear ready for some phenomenal early season fluke fishing. CT Bait & Tackleshop List
WEAKFISH have also arrived in Long Island Sound! Look for these awesome eating fish in Guilford/New
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