17 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 16 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is improving dramatically with the approaching full ‘sturgeon” moon. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk still is the best bet for some really large bass. There have been some very impressive schools of bass feeding on the surface on menhaden in the Lower CT River.

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, 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, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket.

PORGY [Scup] fishing is awesome. These fish are measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length and are being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. Fishing is good on the major reefs with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish being reported! In the west the Norwalk area is fishing very well. If possible, take a trip to the East, southeast of Block Island (great fishing). Otherwise, some good locations in
the west are: the lower Housatonic River to Charles Island, Morningside (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots).

Other shore spots include Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Fish during the high tide at these shore locations. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

BLUEFISH fishing has not been consistent as it should be for this time of year. Larger bluefish weighing in the lower teens have been attacking bunker schools in the lower tidal rivers during dawn and dusk and along some eastern reefs. Eastern sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator” blues. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, 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, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SNAPPER fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now
about 4 to 6 inches in length.

Read the full report at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

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