This weekend, February 16-17, is free fishing weekend in NY!
Ice-fishing diehards should be able to find some safe ice this weekend, as we made enough in the northern elevations to hold up for a bit longer.
Activity levels have picked up for the stripers in the Housatonic River, while clean, cool, but not cold flows have opened the trout streams and have the fish chewing.
All shops on Cape Cod seem to be resembling a collective ghost town.
The recent jump in temperature has gotten anglers on the ice and the fish cooperating with quality perch and pickerel being taken on live bait.
The fishing is pretty limited right now with best bets being the offshore porgy bite and ice fishing.
Steelhead, pike and panfish are hitting through the ice while open water action is on fire with trout and walleye hitting a mix of minnows, egg sacs and plugs.
Maine’s world-class smallmouth bass fishing is excellent-look to the Downeast area as it is one of the best bronzeback areas in the state!
Pond and lake inlets are worth targeting now with pike hitting well among the oxbows of the Connecticut River and hungry crappie hitting shiners through the ice.
Some warmer weather has made the ice fishing sketchy in some areas, but there seems to be plenty of ice that has held up just fine and will harden back up this weekend.