STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good during low light conditions (overcast days). Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or an eel on the reefs at dawn and dusk still producing some nice bass (50 inches – 54 pounds, (Plum Gut).
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. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch & release.
PORGY [Scup] fishing is excellent throughout Long Island Sound. They continue to be everywhere. In the west the Norwalk area (Cockenoe Island) is fishing very well. 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 along Long Beach (excellent shore spots).
Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, 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.”
BLUEFISH fishing is finally very good. Large numbers of bluefish have found their way into the lower estuaries and rivers feeding on juvenile menhaden. The “Top-water” bite has been phenomenal.
Eastern Sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator –size” 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 6 to 10 inches in
FLUKE [Summer Flounder] fishing is getting better as water temperature slowly decrease and fish begin to migrate. Fishermen are reporting some very large doormat fluke being caught (11 lbs 8 ozs, eastern sound). Apparently, the bite is in deeper water (40 to 110 feet). Live lining snapper blues in deep water (80 to 120’) 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
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