Fishing CT Report – September 17, 2015

Derek Milkie with a great Albie.

Saltwater

Albie fever has taken over here in CT! There are a lot of little tunny around and anglers are in hot pursuit of these speedsters. There have been tons of great reports of anglers catching Albies from both boat and from shore. Bluefish are mixed in and anglers are getting them as by catch, which is expected with the amount of bait around. Anglers are still finding good bluefish in the mouth of the CT, Cranes reef and Gulf Beach. Snapper blues are thick in the river and tidal creeks. An easy limit can be had in no time with a snapper popper rig and Kastmasters. The action is only going to get better into next month as the shoreline becomes more productive and we’ll see more bass in the mix as well. As of right now striped bass fishing seems to have slowed up a little bit. The Shoal and local reefs produced some decent fish and the better quality of fish came during the night shift. Kayak anglers have been finding good success while live lining eels in the harbors. Things should be picking up very soon though. Bottom fishing is still going strong on many reefs and wrecks. Black Seabass fishing has remained excellent throughout the sound. Scup fishing is absolutely on fire with some jumbo fish being found from both boat and from shore. Great reports came from Bartletts and Black Point. Look to deeper water if you want better quality scup and seabass. Fluke fishing is all but done. Yet there were some great reports from a couple guys who got on some last minute doormats. They just so happen to be friends with the current state record holder, so they seem to know something that others don’t.

Some huge scup aboard the Middlebank II
Some huge scup aboard the Middlebank II

Middlebank II: The pattern has changed in the local waters off Stratford and Bridgeport. It seems that leading up to, and now after, the New Moon a seemingly never ending mud crab hatch has ended. This and slightly warmer temps have pushed our scup and sea bass to deeper waters. Forty plus feet is the most productive depth and it is here where we have found scup feeding on small muscles, clams, limpets, and moon sails. Although we haven’t seen scup schooling up tight here, a drifted offering of clams and sandworms across softer bottom proved them there in good numbers!

Trolling up some big fish on The Otter!
Trolling up some big fish on The Otter!
The Otter: Last Thursday on the Otter we landed 8 bass.The 2 largest were 44 and 45 inches. Thursday pm trip was a limit of 5 bass ,38,42,43,45 and 47.5 inches along with seabass ,sup and a few short fluke. Saturday pm trip limited out with 6 bass from 40 to 47 inches for the Charles Moulton group.On Tuesday the O’Conner group landed 5 bass.,the largest 2 were 45 and 49.5 inches.Been underwater filming last couple days..plenty of albies around certain days.Good luck out there. Capt.Bruce

Freshwater

Bass fishing has been great lately. Once that nasty heat broke we are finally starting to see a definitive change in patterns. Anglers are still doing well while drop shotting for smallies on humps. Great largemouth reports came from Candlewood, Ball pond, Zoar, Pachaug, Coventry and Bantam. Smallie reports have been excellent lately and top producers were Candlewood, Highland and the CT river. Pike fishing has been getting better every week and we’ve seen some brutes lately. Bantam, Lillinonah, Zoar and the CT river have been good. Big spinner baits and large, two-piece Rapalas are good choices. Walleye reports were okay coming from Squantz and the Saugatuck reservoir. Right now and through October will be the time to get in on some excellent fishing for walleye and pike right here in CT. Remember that we will have our usual Fall trout stockings too, which adds to the excitement of the wonderful time of year. Things are just starting to heat up!

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