Connecticut Fishing Report – September 24, 2020

This striper swiped the trailing topwater plug of a popper/teaser combination.

The wind has made the hardtail hunt difficult, but they’re out there in certain areas; while the bottom fishing for sea bass, scup and tautog in Rhode Island remains steady for another week.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Andrew, at Fishin Factory III in Middletown, told me that the Waterford/New London area still has a good bass bite, with loads of school-sized fish and fish to 30-pounds hitting topwater plugs. The false albacore remain scarce in the sound, but a few have started to show up. Rhode Island is still holding a larger mass of albies, but hopefully they are on their way in soon! There are still plenty of Spanish mackerel to take on light tackle, along with school bass and tailor bluefish. All three species can be found just about anywhere from the Connecticut River to the Thames River. Sea bassing remains pretty good, but you need to start looking to less commonly fished areas to find keepers. Blue crabbing remains red hot in the river, one of the best seasons in years!

Mike Roy, of Reel Cast Charters, said that the recent cool snap has finally dropped the water temperatures, and the fall run seems to be upon us. The topwater action for stripers and bluefish has been phenomenal, and there have been a few bonito and Spanish Mackerel in the mix as well. There are still plenty of sea bass on the bottom structure, but you have to work a bit to avoid shorts. Mike still has some open dates, so be sure to book asap before they fill!

Heather, from Black Hawk Sportfishing, reports another strong week of bottom fishing, whenever the weather has allowed them to leave the dock. The sea bass fishing remains excellent, with limits of huge sea bas coming over the rails. There are still a ton of huge porgies in the mix as well! They’ve lost their last few night bass trips due to the wind but hope to add a few before the season is over. The weekend looks promising weather-wise, so be sure to reserve a trip as soon as possible!

Joe, at Diorio Guide Service, told me that the fall run is in full swing. He is finding good numbers of bass locally, despite the wind. Most of these fish have been willing to hit topwater plugs and will take live bunker if all else fails. There are still plenty of large bluefish in the mix as well! Albies and bonito remain a unicorn in the sound, but there is plenty of bait and plenty of mackerel around, so there’s still hope for a late arrival.

Captain Chris, of Elser Guide Service, also struggled with the wind this week, but when he was able to sneak out, he found some big bluefish and a few heavy striped bass feeding on large anchovies. The wind has made it tough to dial in a pattern, and to search for albies and bonito, but the forecast appears to be taking a turn for the better.
Max at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports a few random albie schools around the area this week, with a few being caught behind Cockenoe and a few off Stratford. Hopefully the continue to fill in this week, as the wind forecast improves. Like the eastern sound, there are plenty of Spanish Mackerel out west around Penfield and around the Housatonic. You can still find some blitzing bass around the islands, but your best bet remains around dawn and dusk. Sea bass action is still going strong, but most are reporting better fish in deeper water. Freshwater anglers are reporting a good dawn and dusk largemouth bite in the Saugatuck River and the reservoir. The walleye in the reservoir are also starting to show up, taking shiners near the bottom on the south end.

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Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith had to cancel trips for most of the week due to the wind, but things look to improving for the end of the week/weekend. They will be sailing daily for cod and there should be plenty of sea bass still in the mix. Be sure to check their website for reservations!

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that there has been plenty of action along the beaches from Newport through South County. There have been big numbers of striped bass taking artificials, mainly topwater, and there are still some albies in the mix. There is also a good slug of bass and blues in the Seekonk River chasing adult and peanut bunker. The scup and sea bass action remains very steady throughout the state, and once again the tautog fishing has improved a bit whenever the weather has allowed people to get out there and get on the anchor.

Captain Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters in Newport, told me that he is still finding a ton of albie action, whenever the wind has laid down enough to get out there. There are fish working their way up Narragansett Bay and the Sakonnet, and there are still plenty of fish out front. They are feeding on all different types of bait, so be prepared to throw a variety of different offerings. The tautog fishing continues to improve, with bigger fish being caught each trip. Pockets of 20-30-pound striped bass are around and still being caught on the troll, along with tons of school-sized fish. The epic New England fall run is just getting started with even more action to come in the following weeks. They still have some dates still open in October.

Captain Kelly, of C-Devil II Sportfishing, reports that mother nature foiled their offshore plans this week, but they were able to make a few inshore trips. The striped bass continue to bite fairly well, with a good number of 40-50-pound fish and quite a few slot fish in the mix. There are still some monster bluefish around and the false albacore action remains entertaining. Seabass are still filling the coolers, and the tautog bite continues to improve each week. Visit the live calendar on the website to book your fall dates!

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Connecticut Fishing Forecast

The constant strong winds have continued to keep reports to a minimum, but things finally seem to be improving a bit for the weekend. False albacore reports remain good in Rhode Island, and a few random reports in the sound have CT anglers hopeful that they are about to make a real appearance. The striped bass have started their pre-migration feed, and good numbers of mixed sized fish can be taken on topwaters throughout both states. The stripers, some gator bluefish and plenty of Spanish Mackerel will ensure some light tackle action, even if you can’t locate the false albacore. Sea bass and scup catches remain strong on deeper structure, and the fall tautog bite is starting to hit full stride in Rhode Island.

3 on “Connecticut Fishing Report – September 24, 2020

  1. Chris

    The amount of bunker in the CT River, as far up as Haddam, has been unreal. Water was boiling the other night off Goodspeed Opera house with a large school of stripers. Hopefully the good ingredients of a good fall blitz. Lets hope the weather cooperates.

  2. michael o’connell

    Fished Sunday off Niantic caught sea bass all day, most shorts but a few nice keepers. A dark 6-8 foot creature jumped fully out of the water in front of our boat. It was either a dolphin or a shark. It looked right out of shark week clips. I did see seals near the power plant… Are there dolphins here too? What did I see? It was almost black in color. It happened so fast I was in disbelief as it occured.

  3. HV Redfish

    Was fishing off Niantic Sunday and a 8 foot shark jumped out of the water like a shark week audition. Could not believe my eyes. Happened so quick and it was black in color. We did see seals near the powerplant… First for me in 55 years on the water. Wanted to share …anyone else ever see such a thing?

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