Connecticut Fishing Report
Heather from Blackhawk Sportfishing told me they got the boat in the water this week and they’re looking forward to getting out there. They hope to do a few cod trips and are anxiously waiting for the squid to arrive! They will also have a few seal watch trips, and the scup trips should start-up in early May. They will post their full schedule on Apr. 19, so be sure to check their website or Facebook page for updates.
Joe, at Diorio Guide Service, is back from Florida and focusing his attention on the Farmington River. The bite has picked up drastically over the past few days, with 20+ fish days being common and a good number of them going 18+ inches. He also found a few shad this week and numbers should be increasing greatly over the next few weeks. Joe is getting the boat ready this week and will be back out in the salt before we know it!
Evan, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook, reports that the early spring fishing keeps getting better and better. Anglers are catching stripers in the rivers and are starting to find a few along the western CT beaches. Sandworms have accounted for plenty of fish, but swimbaits are working nearly as well. Tautog reports have been quiet, but with temperatures rising quickly we should see some fish in short order. Freshwater anglers are reporting excellent trout fishing throughout the state, with the Farmington River and Cedar Lake being top producers. Casting and trolling spoons has been working in the lakes, while flies and worms have been fooling fish in the rivers. Largemouth anglers have reported a steady increase in action on jerkbaits, jigs and chatterbaits. BHO is currently open for business and will have their grand opening on May 1st with seminars and giveaways!
Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the Housatonic is really starting to heat up as herring continue to pile in. The larger fish are concentrated in the northern stretches and are willing to take larger offerings like Daiwa SP Minnows and big soft plastics. The smaller fish can be found throughout the southern stretches of the river and will hit the usual smaller offerings. Tautog and flounder reports have been quiet, but more anglers are starting to venture out. Trout fishing has been the main game for freshwater anglers, with great reports from the Mill River TMA, Naugatuck River and Mianus River.
John deDufour from Greenwich, says the largemouth bass fishing has been on and off. Even though the Northeast has dealt with several cold fronts, limiting the number of larger fish the past couple of weeks, John managed a 6-pound bass a few days ago. He says smaller presentations are triggering bites for small largemouth. Jerkbaits, spinners, Rat-L-Traps, and Senko worms are working best.
Rhode Island Report
Captain Frank, of The Frances Fleet in Point Judith, reports that they were finally able to sneak out last weekend and make it to the grounds. It was nice to finally have some good weather and they found a mixed bag of cod, tautog, and cunners. They had cod right to the 20-pound mark, and some nice tog in the 4-5-pound range. They are currently trying to sail everyday except Tuesday and Thursday, by reservation only. Fluke fishing is right around the corner and you can already book a trip on their website!
Dustin at RI Kayak Fishing Adventures told me that the opening day of trout season was a success, with anglers catching some nice fish on worms, PowerBait, and small spinnerbaits. He has also been spending a lot of time looking for lunker largemouth and has found some nice fish in shallow water on jigs, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits. Saltwater reports of tautog and striped bass are starting to trickle in and he plans on starting to venture out into the salt during this upcoming week.
Chris Catucci told me that he has continued to look for some quality largemouth bass over the past week. Water temperatures have been fluctuating and so have the fishing results, but there are some big girls starting to chew and the numbers are starting to get better each trip!
Saltwater action is still on the quiet side, but the holdover striped bass action has intensified as more and more river herring have shown up. This bite will only get better, and some fresh arrivals shouldn’t be too far behind. Tautog and winter flounder anglers are starting to venture out, with an increase in water temperature likely to bring about an increase in reports. Trout anglers across Connecticut continue to report strong fishing, while Rhode Island trout anglers are already reporting an excellent opening day! Largemouth anglers continue to report a gradual increase in action each week, while the panfish bite seems to be starting to trend in the right direction.