This past week was a little rough. Anglers had to deal with a lot of wind, rain and temperature drops that resulted in first frost. Though a lot of people still got out there. Blackfish reports remained consistent this week with reports from all over. You don’t need to go deep for this fish this time of year and it doesn’t seem like anyone is having a hard time finding keepers.
Scup are still going strong as they have been all season. Seabass action is also hot on most reefs, larger fish are still holding deeper, though. Bluefish remain plentiful all over. The causeway has seen bunker so thick you could walk on them. Bunker are still thick in the river and in the mean time thats what the bass and blues are keyed in on. Gators were reported from the CT. The lower Thames, Housatonic and Plum Gut are seeing good blues too. Striper reports were a bit better this week. Because of the wind and rain, boat anglers had it kind of rough some days. However, the surf fishermen did alright along the coast and on our tidal rivers. The Houstonic, CT, Shetucket and Thames all have been producing some solid fish that have moved in recently. The best reports still have come after dark to first light. The Housatonic and CT rivers have been giving up some big bass. A good amount over 20lbs and a few that were 30lbs+. Again, bunker are a solid bet when target bass and blues in the rivers. Some great fish were also taken on live eels in the rivers and some on top water as well which is always exciting. Schools of albies were reported popping up very close to shore randomly, giving surf fishermen a shot at these whiley fish. Good reports came from Milford with some fish taken at the mouth of the Housy. Meanwhile boat anglers had no problem finding and chasing them around this past week.
As I said before, the wind, rain and temperature drops that resulted in first frost made things a bit difficult for anglers this week. Decent reports for largemouth came from Candlewood, Squantz, Ball Pond, upper Moodus, Zoar, Bashan, Coventry and Bantam. Anglers have been producing some decent fish in the weeds on spinner baits and lipless cranks. Smallies have been doing very well on Candlewood, Squantz, Colebrook, Bantam, Saugatuck Revervoir and the CT river. Walleye have been very active and the best reports have come from Squantz. Eyes are gorging themselves on alewives at squantz and these fish are chubby! Good reports have also come from the Saugautuck reservoir, lake Pocotopaug and Batterson park pond. Pike fishing is doing well with some great fish being pulled from Bantam, Pachaug pond, Lillinonah, Housatonic river and CT river. A monster 39″ norhtern was pulled from Lillinonah this past saturday and it was caught on a large spinner bait. Now is the time to get on some pike action!
Catfishing and carp fishing have been great lately in coves along the CT. Great reports of some chunky cats up to 10lbs were reported and the carp were even bigger. Solid 20lb+ carp hit the bank again this week. They are really putting on the feed bag and the fishing is still going strong. Since DEEP finished their fall stockings of trout and salmon many anglers have been in pursuit of these fish. A few beautiful salmon were caught in the Naugy and Mt. Tom. Some seemed to be holdovers and they sure were pretty. The farmington and upper Housatonic are still doing well for trout too. Big panfish have been very hungry lately. Jumbo crappie seem to be suspended just off the bottom in anywhere from 10-15′ of water and they’ve been seen pushing baitfish in a bit more shallow to feed. Candlewood, Hatch pond and the Saugatuck reservoir gave up some great slabs this week. Small jigs, spoons and small shiners will get you hooked up on some calicos at your favorite honey hole.