STRIPED BASS fishing is excellent. The Housatonic River is red hot, along with the CT River up to Wethersfield Cove and the upper Thames River (north of Montville). Fish have been moving into the estuaries and tidal rivers to feed heavily on the bait. The reefs (long Sand Shoal) in Long Island sound are still producing fish that have begun their annual fall migration.
There is still plenty of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) or hickory shad around that can be used as bait. Live bunker or an eel 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.
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.
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