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Old 05-09-2004, 04:55 AM
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Default LOWER CONNECTICUT RIVER

One of the most consistent early season striper hotspots is the lower Connecticut River. Alewives, herring, shad and spearing that are heading up the big river for spring spawning. The stripers move with the tide.
The area around Great Island is a good place to start fishing. The mouths of the Black Hall and Lieutenant Rivers are reliable spots to try because the warmer flows from these smaller creeks attract the baitfish. The undercut banks of the marsh provide good ambush points for stripers. Also, on the eastern side of the lower river is Griswold Point. There is a rocky shoal that extends out from the shore and another clump of rocks that lines the main channel. The rocks are not visible from the surface so a chart and a fish finder are the best way to search this area. The rocks have a reputation for holding big bass and for eating props so caution is a must when fishing this area.
FISHING REPORT: Good to excellent reports are coming from anglers fishing all corners of the state. Many are having success using earthworms or mealworms. Fly anglers using Caddis, Blue Wing Olives, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons in most streams are having success. Hendricksons are in full hatch now! Excellent fishing is also reported in many lakes and ponds throughout Connecticut. Best spots include Crystal Lake Mashapaug, Gardner, and Highland Lakes, Hogsback and Colebrook Res., West Hill, Beach, Black Pond and Lake Saltonstall.

In the Connecticut River, striped bass are hitting bait and lures from Old Saybrook to north of Hartford. Fish are mostly school sizefish with occasional keepers.

Excerps from Bob salerno columnist for the new britian Times

Bob Salerno is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Readers can write to him at 1 Herald Square, New Britain, CT 06050 or e-mail [email protected].
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