Happy New Year! I hope this year is filled with personal bests and more days out on the water. Here is what your local tackle shops had to report this week.
Fishing Report for Long Island
Stella Maris Bait and Tackle reports that anglers having been catching herring in the bay. The usual spots are producing fish such as, Magnolia Pier and the Coney Island Pier. One of the head boats out of Sheepshead Bay sailed this weekend for cod. They reported a decent catch of keepers and throwbacks.
Paul at River Bay Outfitters reports all of his anglers are fishing the fresh water rivers and ponds around Long Island. Paul was down at the Carlls River over the weekend and saw some anglers hook up with some decent sized trout. Other waterways like the Connetquot and Belmont Lake are also producing fish. Paul did hear some reports in the saltwater of herring on the local piers.
Causeway Bait and Tackle reports, things have been slow lately, but there have been herring caught of Magnolia Pier. They mentioned things have been spotty around Jones Beach and Field 10 for herring.
White Water Outfitters reports, anglers are starting to fish for white perch in the back bays. They also heard the freshwater streams and lakes are fishing well. The offshore grounds have been quiet this week with not many reports coming back to the shop.
Terminal Tackle reported, that they heard of some herring around Centerport right before the holidays.
Fishing Forecast for Long Island
Herring and trout will be your best bet for bending a rod this weekend and into next week. The freshwater ponds and rivers should continue to fish well. The only thing we to worry about is whether the rain will dirty the water too much. Herring fishing from the usual spots should also continue to fish well. The best part of herring fishing is how simple it is. A light rod, a Sabiki rig, and a bucket is pretty much all you need. I hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck out on the water.