Things have been quiet for the most part this week around Long Island. The main attraction has been the back of the tidal creeks where anglers are starting to catch white perch, mixed in with some decent sized trout. In the saltwater, herring are still around on the piers and on the boats we did get some reports of cod and ling. Here is what your local tackle shops had to say for the week.
Fishing Report for Long Island
Stella Maris Bait and Tackle reports, things have been slow lately due to the weather and lack of angler participation. They did however hear of some herring still being caught off of the Coney Island Pier. They also mentioned cod fishing was decent last week before the weather came in. One of the head boats out of Sheepshead Bay will start sailing for mackerel this weekend, so that is another solid opinion for anglers to go out fishing for.
River Bay Outfitters reports, many of his and are heading up to the Mianus River in Connecticut and doing well with the trout. Locally, the Connetquot is still fishing well with anglers picking away at trout. Paul also gave us our first report of perch being caught in the tidal rivers of the Nissequoge. He said there are also some sea run trout mixed in as well.
Causeway Bait and Tackle reported, they have not heard much lately, but they did hear of anglers catching herring still at the Magnolia Pier.
Chasin Tails Bait and Tackle, said the freshwater and brackish water is the place to be right now. Areas such as the Rattlesnake and Carmans are holding nice sized trout and white perch. They have been catching the trout on orange and red powerbait. The perch have been caught on, 1/8 oz jig heads with Mr.Twister curly tails. They said that motor oil, white, and chartreuse have been the go-to colors. They also gave us our first report of schoolie striped bass of 2019. They said the back of the Connetquot is producing bass on the same lures they have been using to target the white perch. In the saltwater, they have heard of some decent reports from the head boats of cod and ling.
Long Island Fishing Forecast
If you are able to get out, it seems your best bet for the weekend would be to hit the back of the tidal creeks for your chance at trout, white perch, and even schoolie striped bass. Bring a light set up with some small jig heads and have some fun during the long winter. If the weather keeps you from fishing, it is still a great time to drop your rods and reels off to be serviced for next season. Either way, I hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck out on the water.