Connecticut Fishing Report – October 29, 2020

When the weather has allowed, tautog anglers across southern New England are finding some great catches in shallow water; while blitzing bass, bluefish and some false albacore haven’t quit their decimation of small bait just yet!

Connecticut Fishing Report

Andrew, at Fishin Factory III in Middletown, told me that blackfishing remains the main game in CT this week, with the wind machine settling down a bit earlier this week. The water is warm, and the fish are still shallow, with good catches coming anywhere from 8-25 feet of water. Limits have been pretty easy to come by in most of the common spots, as they haven’t been fished out just yet. There haven’t been many giants hitting the scale just yet, but 6-8-pound fish are showing up with regularity. Sea bass fishing also remains hot, with some nice keepers mixed in with the blackfish, and some larger ones out on the deeper reefs. Striper fishing has been up and down, but anglers are finding some decent fish around the river mouths and estuaries. Freshwater anglers are turning to trout fishing since the recent stockings, with good reports coming from Black Rock and Day Pond.

Ted, at Three Belles Outfitters in Niantic, told me that the action has begun to slow a bit in the Bay, with the peanut bunker schools thinning out a bit. There are still large schools of Hickory Shad in the river, but the bass numbers have thinned. Most of the bass in the river have been small, and they have been hitting small soft plastics on light jigheads, fished slowly. Larger bass and bluefish have moved out of the river but can still be found by Millstone and Black Point. Blackfish action has been steady on the shallow rockpiles throughout the bay, and there are still some scup and sea bass in the mix.

Mike Roy, of Reel Cast Charters, told me that the striper fishing has remained very strong for both topwater and fly anglers. The bluefish and false albacore have thinned out a bit, but there are still a few in the mix. Blackfishing has started off strong and should only improve, and the sea bass haven’t left the area just yet. Mike still have a few available dates in the coming weeks, so be sure to call soon and reserve a spot.

Heather, from Black Hawk Sportfishing, reports some great fishing whenever Mother Nature has cooperated. Limits of sea bass have been common, along with some jumbo scup and some nice cod. They have also started to see some winter flounder in the mix as well. They continue to fish daily, with reservations required, and they can be made on the website. As a reminder, be sure to pack your fall attire, with the weather really starting to trend in a fall-like direction.

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. The tautog fishing is really starting to kick into gear, with Joe managing big numbers of keeper fish this week!

Captain Chris, at Elser Guide Service, told me that the fall run has really set in throughout the Western Sound. Over the past few days they have had some epic false albacore fishing, with many of the fish eclipsing the 12-pound mark! Chris has had the most luck on Green Exo Jigs and peanut bunker patterns over the past week. Striped bass fishing for 18-30-inch fish has been great as well, as they have been hot on the tail of the peanut bunker schools. Some bigger bass seem to be filtering in as well for those willing to troll or fish live baits. If the weather permits, the month of November should continue to provide some excellent Western Sound fishing.

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Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith reports some excellent blackfish action whenever the weather has cooperated. Most days are seeing a full boat limit, or they are just a few fish away. You have to work through quite a few shorts, but there are some nice keepers in the mix. The fishing should only improve, as the water temperatures are finally starting to drop a bit. Cod fishing has also remained consistent, with strong action on jigs. High hooks are seeing close to ten keeper cod, with the biggest fish coming in just over the 20-pound mark. There are also still plenty of sea bass around, with easy limit catches of fish to 5-pounds. The next few days look snotty, but the fleet is hoping to get out there over the weekend! Check the website for reservations and scheduling.

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that the tautog bite remains strong throughout Narragansett Bay and on the rockpiles out front. The fish are still relatively shallow and shore anglers are also cashing in. Striped bass can still be found in the rivers and around the breachways, and they are hitting shallow divers, darters, and metal lips. The squid bite seems to be picking up around Newport, and giant tuna anglers are still finding some nice fish in Mass. The freshwater bite has been consistent across the state, with largemouth taking shiners and trout taking powerbait and worms.

Captain Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters in Newport, told me that strong fall fishing has continued. Most trips are still seeing some nice topwater feeds of bass, blues and a few false albacore. There are still some large striped bass in the mix as well, with multiple fish in the 30-40-pound class showing up this week. Williamson Gomame and Gomoku jigs continue to be a big producer while small white and pink Ron-z’s are also working well. For the bottom anglers, tautog fishing has been incredible with tons of quality keepers in relatively shallow water. They are also seeing plenty of interesting by-catches as well, with cod, triggers, and a variety of different puffer fish in the mix. Call to book asap, while there’s still some openings and the fishing is red hot!

Captain Kelly, of C-Devil II Sportfishing, reports that bass are still hanging out around the island and across the inshore beaches and have actively been hitting eels and soft plastics. They are getting a bit tougher to find as they gear up for the migration, but they’re still out there. The false albacore action has slowed a bit, but there are still a few around, along with plenty of blitzing mackerel. The water has stayed warm enough for the sea bass to remain plentiful, with limit catches remaining easy. Tautog action has improved, and the fish are in shallow water, so shore anglers are cashing in as well. There also seems to be a nice mix of cod around, that are helping to stock the freezer.

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Connecticut Fishing Forecast

When the weather has allowed, tautog anglers across southern New England are finding some great catches in shallow water; while blitzing bass, bluefish and some false albacore haven’t quit their decimation of small bait just yet!

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  1. Cowhunting

    Your copy and paste from older reports just takes the excitement away!

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