Connecticut Fishing Report- June 9, 2022

Bluefish and bass dominate this week's report as the water warms throughout the Long Island Sound.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook told me that things are falling into place for a typical strong spring/early summer run. The Connecticut River is starting to produce bigger fish for anglers that can find bunker or pitch live eels; and most of these larger bass are loaded with sea lice. As of late, the early morning has been the ticket, as the recent sunny conditions has shut things down at times. Besides bait, The Doc, Spoons and GT Eels are producing well. The bluefish have started to enter their summer pattern, moving to deeper water around The Race and smoking diamond jigs. The sea bass action has been strong in 70-90 feet of water on Daiwa SK Jigs, or similar slow pitch offerings. Fluke fishing has slowly improved when you can find some clean, moving water, and some large scup have started to filter in.  

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reported that they had another busy and successful week on the water. The porgy trips are as consistent as ever, with plenty of scup and a few nice weakfish remaining in the mix. The fluke trips have started to show more consistency, but it remains highly dependent on drift conditions. The bluefish and striper daytime trips have also been steady, with plenty of keeper bass and the bluefish starting to settle into their summer haunts. The after-work bass trips continue to be a huge success, including easy limits of slot keepers and plenty of larger fish to photograph and release. They will continue to run these trips on Friday afternoons and may start to add a few on different days. They’re still running two trips on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 AM and 1 PM, but they sell out quickly so be sure to book asap if you’re looking to come down on a specific day. 

Dan, at Daniel’s Bait, Tackle, and Charters in New London, reports that things are steadily improving for anglers fishing across southeast Connecticut. The Thames and its estuaries are still holding plenty of schoolie to slot class bass for anglers dunking sandworms. The first few schools of bunker were spotted in the area this week, so a push of better bass should not be too far behind. The Charter boats in the area are running out to deeper water around The Race and/or Fisher’s, and they are finding plenty of larger bass, along with limits of big scup. The scup fishing hasn’t been great along the shoreline, but that will change quickly as the water warms up. The same can be said for fluke, with most anglers managing a few keepers, but struggling overall.  

Joe, at Diorio Guide Service told me that the fishing has is in full swing, with plenty of striped bass action, including a serious push of larger migratory fish over the past few days. If you can find live bunker it will be the top producer, but large topwater plugs and soft plastics have been working well in the dawn/dusk hours. The gator blues have spread out a bit, but they are still all over the area and mixed in with the bass. More bunker and subsequently more large bass should show up very soon, so be sure to book a trip ASAP! Check out the most recent Striper Season Update with Joe Diorio and OTW’s Matt Haeffner here. 

Mike Roy at Reel Cast Charters is still finding a solid bass bite in the river, especially if you can locate the bait, but they remain a bit finicky, so the dawn/dusk hours are best. The reefs have started to see some better, sea lice covered bass; while the deeper reefs and rips are holding big numbers of slot fish that are willing to eat a diamond jig. Give Mike a call asap to book a trip while he still has some openings! 

This big, tagged bass was caught aboard Reel Cast Charters earlier in the week.

Chris, at Elser Guide Service continues to beat up some big bass and blues in the Westen Sound, including some bluefish topping 18-pounds this week! He’s been able to fish all topwater plugs and large flies to fish chasing bunker and/or finning on top. You need relatively calm days to locate the topwater fish, but if they water gets stirred up, look for the bunker schools and drop a bait or jig to the bottom. The fluke and sea bass action in the area has remained relatively slow, but based on the amount of sandeels in the area, that should change soon! 

Captain Andy at Carolyn Ann Sportfishing in East Lyme said they’ve been blown out the past couple days, but they had some solid striper fishing on both tides at The Race earlier this week. Bass were feeding heavily on herring schools, and with the water warming and storms passing, Captain Andy anticipates a good weekend of fishing ahead.

Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the fluke fishing has really started to get going out west over the past week or so. Solid reports have been coming from the Cans 24 and 26 area in 30-40 feet of water, with M3 Tackle spoons tipped with squid being a top producer. While the uptick in fluke action has been a welcomed change, the red-hot striped bass action has still been the main draw in town. Anglers trolling mojos have found fish all the way to the mid-50-pound class, along with very strong numbers of 25+-pound bass. The usual hotspots from 11B to the OB and to 28C are producing consistent catches on the troll, while the nighttime chunk bite is also starting to heat up closer to home. Some larger schools of bunker have shown up around the islands and beaches and have brought some better bass and gator bluefish along with them. The area inside the islands is also producing some consistent weakfish catches on pink bucktails, soft plastics, and sandworms. Sea bass and scup anglers are also reporting some consistency for both species on the wrecks and rockpiles in 30-40-feet of water. Freshwater anglers in the area are reporting better bass and crappie action in the Saugatuck Reservoir with the water temps warming, while trout anglers continue to find no shortage of action in the local rivers.  

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Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Striped bass continue to pile into Southern New England, providing ample opportunities for anglers across Rhode Island and Connecticut. Striped bass of mixed sizes can be targeted across Rhode Island, with steady action in and around the Bay, with the Bay producing an enormous number of big fish without having to travel too far. Gator bluefish can also be found spread out in the same areas, and while the bonus weakfish bite has slowed a bit, they are still popping up with some regularity around the Bay. The South County beaches and breachways are also starting to wake up, and has surfcasters dusting off the waders/korkers. Bottom anglers are finding some improved fluke action around the Island, and we should be seeing the South County beaches start to wake up any day now. Connecticut anglers can continue to take advantage of steady bass and bluefish action in and around the tidal rivers, including a recent push of big, migratory bass in central/eastern CT. Fluke fishing seems to be better to the west than the east, but it seems you can find good ones anywhere in the state if you get the right conditions; while the sea bass season has opened and early results are strong on the deeper reefs, rockpiles, and wrecks.  

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