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Connecticut Striped bass fishing
Striped bass fishing in Connecticut and the Long Island Sound

Ct state symbol shad

Connecticut Marine and Freshwater Striped Bass Fishing Reports
Connecticut Coastal Access Guide

Connecticut Striper Fishing the Long Island Sound

Fishing for stripers in Connecticut is primarily in Long Island Sound and the tributary waters leading into the sound like the Connecticut river.

Long Island Sound Fishing Map

Fishing in Connecticut for striped bass

Area of Long Island Sound: 1320 square miles

Connecticut striper fishing state Record Bass = 75 lbs - 6 oz

Striped Bass 75.6 New Haven Harbor
Steven Franco 1992

 

Drainage Basin or Watershed:16,820 square miles - Average Depth: 63 feet (60-120 feet)

Volume: 18 trillion gallons - Coastline: 600 miles
Source of Fresh Water: 90% of the freshwater comes from three major Connecticut Rivers - the Thames, Housatonic, and Connecticut
Temperature: 32°F in winter and 73°F in summer
Tides: two high and two low each day with the greatest tides in the west
Population Living within 50 miles: 20 million people

Much of the saltwater sport fishing in Connecticut occurs in Long Island Sound. The offshore commercial fisheries are also intimately tied to Connecticuts Long Island Sound because many juvenile striped bass migrate through and baitfish are produced in the sound before migrating offshore. The juvenile life stages of many important recreational and commercial species, such as flounder and scup, depend on the fringing wetlands of Connecticut's shoreline for nursery areas. Bluefish and striped bass, which are also important recreational species, inhabit the sound and adjacent rivers, but depend on coastal wetlands for the small fish that are their food. Bluefish populations along the Atlantic coast have been in decline, and scientists believe that loss of wetland habitat is partly to blame. The most important commercial species, hard clam, depends on coastal wetlands for the detrital food chain that supports their growth.

Long Island Sound Striper Fishing

Fishing for stripers in Connecticut is primarily in Long Island Sound and the tributary waters leading into the sound like the Connecticut river and the Housatonic River systems. All of Connecticut's rivers flow into the Long Island Sound and from there the waters mix into the Atlantic Ocean. Several major cities are situated along the Long Island Sound and more than 8 million people live within its watershed. Major Connecticut cities on the Sound include Bridgeport, New London, Stamford, Norwalk, and New Haven.
Many of Connecticut's stripers are fish that spend the off season in the deep channels of the major river systems and the Hudson River in New York. Once the water temperature reaches about 50 degrees (usually late April or early May), these fish migrate into Long Island Sound to spend the summer. During the same spring period, another body of fish migrates northward from Chesapeake Bay, rounds Montauk Point at the tip of Long Island and floods into Long Island Sound, where both populations merge and create outstanding late-spring and early-summer fishing.

Niantic River and Bay.
Niantic is one of the most productive fishing regions on Long Island Sound. A good shore place to try for stripers is the mouth of the Niantic River, which separates the towns of Niantic and Waterford.

Bartlett reef, Waterford At the east end of the state, the highly productive Jordon Cove launch area is in Waterford.

Millstone point Millstone Nuclear Power Plant's warmwater outflow holds schoolie bass, bluefish and false albacore throughout the summer

The Race

Not for the inexperienced boater. deep fast water can be dangerous. It's located eight miles southeast of Niantic Bay at the mouth of Long Island Sound. It is commonly accessed from the Jordon Cove or Niantic River launches in Waterford.

Big stripers and gorilla bluefish hold in The Race all summer, thanks to the schools of baitfish that congregate there.

Hammonasset State Park
Madison Connecticut isa short distance from Interstate Route 95. Thel beach offers camping, picnic areas, and ample shoreline striper fishing.

Stripers inhabit the whole coast surf, inshore bars, reefs, tide rips, bays and estuaries usually occurring no more than 6-8 km from the nearest point of land, although migrating schools pass much farther out in crossing the mouths of large indentations of the coast, such as the Gulf of Maine, Delaware Bay and Long Island Sound.
Striped bass are voracious and eat a variety of foods, including fish such as alewives, flounder, sea herring, menhaden, sand lance, silver hake, tomcod, smelt, silversides and eels, as well as lobsters, crabs, soft clams, small mussels, sea worms and squid. They feed most actively at dusk and dawn, although some feeding occurs throughout the day. During the midsummer they tend to become more nocturnal. The Connecticut coast boasts numerous reefs and rips that hold bass throughout the season. For anglers without a boat, the State has several great shoreline access spots as well as many party boats and private charters to put you on the fish.

NEW HAVEN HARBOR New Haven Harbor, a triangular, four-mile-long bay, is the second largest commercial port in Connecticut. The record was caught here in 1992

Connecticut Striped Bass Records

The connecticut striper Record is 75 pound 6 oz. Steven Franco New Haven Harbor 1992
Offshore (Outside Long Island sound) Fishers Island
50 Lbs 14 oz. By Roman Dudas 2002 Southwest Ledge. R.I.

Weather Report for the sound

Marine Water Temperatures
Fresh Water Connecticut Riiver at Hartford

License & Permit info

Long Island sound - Guilford Connecticut

Long Island Sound Guilford Ct.

Shad and the Connecticut River

During the colonial era, shad became an important commercial resource. The Connecticut River provided the largest shad run in New England, and the Connecticut Colonists were quick to take advantage of this resource both for food and for much needed income. Shad meat and roe were eaten fresh locally or sold in the United States and Europe. Exported shad were generally salted and packed in barrels. Shad were also used as fertilizer to enrich the soil on many Connecticut farms before the development of chemical fertilizers. The shad run happened at the same time as the spring planting.

Read more about Connecticut shad and the Connecticut river and its
history here at Kids Connecticut the official state of connecticut website for children

Fish Populations: more than 120 species of finfish, including 21 tropical species that stray here seasonally; at least 50 species spawn in the Sound
People throughout New England and New York all have a stake in Long Island Sound. The entire coastline of Connecticut and part of New York sit on Long Island Sound. Eighty percent of the fresh water entering the Sound comes from rivers that drain states as far north as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The State operates over 100 public boat launch areas which give boaters access to lakes, streams, and Long Island Sound. A complete listing of boat launch locations, including areas with Car Top/Carry -In Access, may be found in the Connecticut Boater's Guide . For a printed copy of the guide, contact the DEP Boating Division at P.O. Box 280, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371-0280, (860) 434-8638, or by email dep.boating.division@po.state.ct.us

 

Charter Boats at the race

Mijoy from Waterford, which sails daily at 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., at (860) 443-0663;
Black Hawk from Niantic, which sails daily at 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., at (860) 739-9296
Hel-Cat II, which sails daily from Groton at 9 a.m., at (860) 445-5991.

Race tackle shop

J&B Tackle,
25 Smith Avenue in Niantic; call (860) 739-7419,

 

Access Points

Numbers are expressed in degrees and minutes of Latitude and longitude

Baldwin Park - Greenwich, Connecticut 41.01 - 73.38
Beach Park Road Bridge - Clinton, Connecticut - 41.16 72.31
Beacon Point Marina and Jetty - Stratford, Connecticut - 41.11 - 73.08
Bluff Pt. State Park / Poquonock Cove - Groton, Connecticut - 41.2 - 72.02
Bond's Dock - Stratford, Connecticut - 41.11- 73.08
Branford Point Town Pier- Connecticut - 41.16 - 72.49
Branford River State Boat Launch -Branford, Connecticut - 41.16 - 72.49
Breezy Point - Connecticut 41.1 - 73.11
Bridge Sty Causeway - Old Saybrook, Connecticut - 41.17 - 72.21
Buckingham Bridge Milford, Connecticut - 41.13 - 73.02
Burial Beach (Town access) - Southport, Connecticut - 41.07 - 73.19
Calf pasture point - Norwalk, Connecticut - 41.05 - 73.24
Cedar Island Marina - Clinton, Connecticut - 41.16 - 72.32
Charles Island Silver Sands St Park - Milford, Connecticut - 41.12 - 73.04
CHelsea landing Town Dock & Launch Norwich 41.31 - 72.05
Clinton Town Marina and Dock Clinton 41.16 72.32
Compo Beach / Cedar Point Westport 41.06 73.21
Compo Cove Beach-Millpond Creek Ent Westport 41.07 - 73.21
Connecticut River Access Old Saybrook 41.17 - 72.21
Cornfield Point Old Saybrook 41.16 72.23
Cove Marina Stamford Connecticut 41.03 - 73.3
Cummings Beach Park Stamford Connecticut 41.02 - 73.31
DEP Marine Headquarters / Fishing Pier Old Lyme Connecticut 41.19 - 72.21
Devon State Launch / Power Plant Outflow Milford, Connecticut 41.12 73.06
Dock Road Waterford Connecticut 41.19 72.09
Dyke Park Stamford Connecticut 41.02 - 73.32
East side Niantic River Niantic Connecticut 41.19 - 72.11
East Wharf Madison Connecticut 41.16 - 72.35
Eastern point Beach Groton Connecticut 41.19 72.05
Fairhaven Road Bridge -Pattagansett RV Niantic 41.19 - 72.13
Fayerweather Island / Seaside Park Bridgeport 41.09 - 73.12
Fishing Pier Near The Dock Marina Stratford, Connecticut 41.12 - 73.07
FORT HALE PARK WHARF/ FISHING PIER East Haven 41.16 - 72.54
FORT SHANTOCK STATE PARK UNCASVILLE 41.29 72.05
GOLDEN SPUR NIANTIC 41.23 72.12
GRASS ISLAND Greenwich, Connecticut 41.01 73.38
GREENWICH POINT Greenwich, Connecticut 41 73.35
GREENWICH TWN PIER Greenwich, Connecticut 41.01 73.37
GROVE BEACH POINT LIGHT JETTY WESTBROOK 41.16 72.28
GUILFORD BEACH GUILFORD 41.16 72.4
GUILFORD MARINA AND LAUNCH 41.17 72.4
GULF BEACH/MILFORD HARBOR EAST JETT Milford Connecticut 41.13 - 73.03
GULF POND BRIDGE Milford Connecticut 41.13 73.03
HAMMONASSETT RIVER BRIDGE MADISON 41.15 72.33
HAMMONASSETT STATE PARK MADISON 41.16 72.33
HARKNESS MEMORIAL STATE PARK WATERFORD 41.18 72.07
HOLE IN THE WALL BEACH NIANTIC 41.19 72.11
I-95 LAUNCH Old Saybrook 41.19 72.21
I95 LAUNCH & STATE PIER 41.22 72.05
JORDAN COVE BRIDGE AND BANKS WATERFORD 41.19 72.09
KENNETH STREETER STATE LAUNCH GROTON 41.22 72.05
KIMBERLY AVENUE BRIDGE-EAST & West West Haven Connecticut 41.17 72.56
LIEUTENANT RIVER 156 BRIDGE Old Lyme Connecticut 41.19 72.2
LIGHTHOUSE PARK/ BOAT LAUNCH East Haven Connecticut 41.15 72.54
LORDSHIP BEACH Stratford, Connecticut 41.09 73.08
LYNDE POINT LIGHT & JETTIES Old Saybrook 41.16 72.21
MASON ISLAND RD. BRIDGE ACCESS MYSTIC 41.2 71.58
MCCOOK'S POINT PARK&CRESCENT BEACH NIANTIC 41.19 72.12
MIDDLE BEACH ROAD MADISON 41.16 72.36
MILFORD HARBOR WEST JETTY Milford, Connecticut 41.13 73.03
MILFORD TOWN PIER MILFORD 41.13 73.03
MONTVILLE POWER PLANT UNCASVILLE 41.26 72.06
NEW LONDON CITY PIER NEW LONDON 41.21 72.06
NORTH COVE Old Saybrook 41.18 72.22
NORWALK MARINE CENTER Norwalk Connecticut 41.06 73.25
OCEAN BEACH PARK WATERFORD 41.19 72.06
PALACE STREET PUBLIC PIER West Haven Connecticut 41.15 72.57
PENFIELD REEF Fairfield Connecticut 41.07 73.14
PIERS AT West haven Beach West Haven Connecticut 41.15 - 72.57
PLEASURE BEACH Bridgeport Connecticut 41.1 73.1
POINT O WOODS/MARINA AND BEACH Old Lyme Connecticut 41.17 72.15
QUAMBAUG COVE BRIDGE Stonington Connecticut 41.21 71.56
REMINGTON GUN CLUB 41.09 73.06
ROCKS AT END OF PEQUOT AVE New London Connecticut 41.19 72.05
ROCKY NECK STATE PARK East Lyme Connecticut 41.18 72.15
RT 1A BRIDGE OVER QUANNADUCK COVE STONINGTON 41.21 71.55
SANDY POINT West Haven Connecticut 41.16 72.56
SAVIN ROCK \ BRADLEY POINT West Haven41.15 72.57
SEYMOUR POINT SAUGATUCK 41.06 73.22
SHERWOOD ISLAND STATE PARK Westport 41.07 73.2
SHIPPAN POINT ACCESS #1 Stamford Connecticut 41.01 - 73.32
SHORT BEACH Stratford, Connecticut 41.1 73.07
SOUTH BENSON MARINA/ HJM FISHING PI FAIRFIELD, SO 41.09 73.14
Southfield Park Stamford Connecticut 41.02 - 73.33
SOUTHPORT BEACH (SASCO CR) SOUTHPORT 41.08 73.18
ST MARIES TOWN BEACH BRIDGEPORT 41.09 73.14
THOMLINSON STREET RIVER BRIDGE New Haven Connecticut 41.18 - 72.54
Town Dock STONINGTON 41.2 71.55
Town Dock -Hammock Dock Road Westbrook CT. 41.17 72.28
Town Dock - NOANK NOANK 41.2 71.59
TOWN LAUNCH AREA Stratford, Connecticut 41.11 73.08
VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK Norwalk Connecticut 41.06 - 73.25
WASHINGTON AVE PUBLIC PIER West Haven Connecticut 41.15 - 72.57
WEST BANK OF MYSTIC RIVER UNDER I-9 MYSTIC 41.22 71.58
95. WEST WHARF MADISON 41.16 72.37 Shore

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