31 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 23 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good at night. Hook up with a charter boat or guide and learn how to catch those “cow” bass. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk is producing some nice bass (50.5 inches – 51 pounds, (Old Lyme).

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 (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches.

Also, 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.

PORGY [Scup] fishing is very good. These fish are measuring 14-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length and are being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. Fishing is good throughout Long Island Sound. The central and western Sound is loaded with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish. In the west the Norwalk area (Cockenoe Island) 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, Rock Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Fort Nathan Hale Pier and along 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.

BLUEFISH fishing is improving daily. Large numbers of bluefish found in the lower estuaries and rivers feeding on menhaden. Eastern Sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator –size” blues (The RACE). 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 bluefish fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring 6 to 10 inches in length.

FLUKE [Summer Flounder] fishing is getting better as fall approaches. These flatfish are feeding heavily prior to their migration south for the winter. Fishermen are reporting some very large doormat fluke being caught (10 lbs. 10 oz., central sound). Live lining snapper blues in deep water (80 to 100’) is the preferred method by fluke sharpies.

The usual summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person.

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

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