Regs for 07
Weekly Connecticut Fishing Reports
Conditions around the state as reported by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
CONNECTICUT RIVER: Large striped bass are being caught in the lower river on live eels, hickory shad and scup. ... Northern pike fishing is excellent, with many catches reported (especially in the coves) from Hartford downstream to Haddam, Some good smallmouth bass action is reported in the upper river near Enfield and Windsor). ... Angling for catfish in the 3-4 pound range with frozen cut bait is good throughout the river. ... Calico bass action on small minnows remains good in the coves (fish the deeper areas).
: Fishing remains good off the Watch Hill reefs, Sandy Point in Fishers Island Sound, south side of Fishers Island including the rip off Wilderness Point, the Race (Valiant Rock), the Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Millstone Point, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, the reefs off Branford, Sandy Point (New Haven Harbor), Milford Point, Strat-ford Point area, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, the Cows off Stamford and the wrecks off Greenwich. Live lining eels, menhaden (bunker), scup and hickory shad or fresh cut chunk baits have been pro-ducing some nice stripers in the 40-plus inch range.
SNAPPER BLUEFISH: Fishing is good to excellent. Snappers are only about 4 inches in length but there's nonstop action and they are fun to catch on light tackle.
HICKORY SHAD: Fishing is good in the Niantic River and the lower Connecticut River.
SUMMER FLOUNDER: Fishing is fair to good at the usual places: Sandy Point in Stonington, lower Mystic River, off Groton Long Point, south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), Niantic River, Black Point area, western part of Long Sand Shoal (Westbrook-Clinton area), off the New Haven Harbor breakwaters, Milford area to the mouth of the Housatonic River, and off the Norwalk Islands.
TAUTOG: Fishing is fair to good off Goshen Point (Harkness Memorial State Park), Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef, Sixmile Reef, Kimberly Reef, Goose Island, the reefs off Branford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area, Penfield reef, and Greens Ledge.
SCUP: Fishing is good on the major reefs and wrecks with fish up to 15 inches in length being re-ported.
ATLANTIC BONITO: Fish have showed up in eastern Long Island Sound. The reefs off Watch Hill and the eastern tip of Fishers Island, Wilderness Point, the Race, Pine Island, and Millstone Point to Pleasure Beach are spots worth trying for these speedsters.