STRIPED BASS fishing is excellent. Shore anglers get out and cast those top water baits (bass are everywhere). The lower Housatonic River is red hot, lower CT River up to Haddam, Bluff Point (fantastic shore fishing), Long Sand Shoal and the upper Thames River (north of Montville). Fish have been migrating into the estuaries and tidal rivers but the reefs in Long Island Sound are still producing fish. There are still plenty of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) around that can be used as bait. Live bunker on a three-way or slider rig on the local reefs and rip areas can still provide some results.
Other 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, Long Beach (first Jetty), 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.
Striped bass are not as picky this time of the year, use your top-water plugs...they are working well. This is the time to when you can catch a lot of fish during the day, especially during an overcast day. There are some large holdover stripers available on top...but the smaller juveniles are really on fire this past week. Plastics are also very effective on the 18”-28” striped bass inhabiting our lower rivers and coves this fall.
Anglers are having a blast catching smaller striped bass on the Housatonic, Connecticut, Thames and Norwalk Rivers. Bait fish like to take refuge in harbors, rivers and estuaries at night, so the rule still goes that the best fishing is at dusk and dawn. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch & release.
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