Connecticut Fishing Report- July 28, 2022

Striped bass and bruiser bluefish remain in numbers throughout the Long Island Sound and along the coast of Connecticut.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt Stone at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook told me that the recent heatwave slowed things down a bit on the striper grounds, but the last couple cooler nights seem to have reset the bite. Bigger bass can be found on the eastern Long Island Sound reefs, with the best action coming from low light periods on 3-wayed eels or bunker. GT eels fished on a jighead has also been a steady producer. Matt also mentioned that some blitzes of small striped bass on rain bait have been materializing most days, and the size class of the fish will only improve as the season rolls on. Local fluke anglers have started to report one of the better stretches of fishing in recent memory, with a good number of keepers to 7-8-pounds, in anywhere from 40-80 feet of water. 

Matt Stone continues to lay into big bass from the kayak through last week’s heat. (Instagram: @sunrisekayakfishing)

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reports that not much has changed this week, with another excellent week of fishing. This whole week was full of excellent porgy fishing, a good mix of sea bass, and a couple more quality fluke. The After Work special trips continue to be very strong, with huge bluefish and plenty of stripers in the mix. These trips are filling up fast, so be sure to grab your spots as soon as you see them posted. They will continue to run two trips on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and will keep fishing every weekday. They also are starting to book private charter trips into September. Be sure to check their website for the exact schedule and to book a spot!  

Captain Mike Roy at Reel Cast Charters reports that the striper fishing is still very good, but they have become a bit finicky following the latest heatwave. When they get tough to fool with an artificial lure, a fresh live bait has been the ticket. He is starting to see some better topwater feeds, but mainly during low light hours. As we progress through August and into September, we should start to see the prevalence of topwater feeds increase. Big bluefish remain in the mix, and they are running anywhere from 12-15-pounds. There is plenty of small bait throughout the sound, so the fall run should be strong. Be sure to give Mike a call to plan your trip today! 

Dan, at Dan’s Bait, Tackle, and Charters in New London reports that it continues to be a fantastic summer season of fishing in his area. The striped bass fishing has been almost automatic at times, and he is having one of his strongest charter seasons in 15 years. The Race has been productive for bass and is also putting up tons of big bluefish on diamond jigs. Sea bass fishing has been strong for those drifting clams or jigs over deeper structure, and there has also been plenty of tautog in the mix for those dunking crabs. Fluke fishing has been up and down, but most anglers that have put some time in are finding some decent catches.  

Chris, at Elser Guide Service hasn’t been out too much over the past week or so, but told me that he was able to take his grandson out, and they scored some great bass on the tube and worm, and on flutter spoons. He also found some big bluefish feeding tight to shore and they were eager to eat 10-inch duratech plastics on weighted worm hooks.  

Here’s one of several quality bass caught by Colton during an Elser family outing this week.

Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the striped bass fishing has slowed a bit in the area, but there are plenty of fish to be had if you work a bit. With the water temperatures increasing, focusing your efforts on low light periods has been critical if you’re fishing shallower water. Low-light plugging has been solid, while the troll and fresh chunks have been the top producers in the deeper water around 11B and Middle Ground. Porgies can be found on just about every rockpile and there have been easy limits for shore anglers. There are also plenty of sea bass in the mix, and if you’re specifically looking for larger sea bass, you should focus your efforts on structure in 40-60 feet of water. Fluking has been tough, but the best reports are coming from the same areas as the better sea bass. The offshore bite has started to round into form, with good numbers of yellowfin and bluefin south of Block. Just a reminder, the shop is a weigh station for the bluefish tournament next month and they have the sign-up sheets and t-shirts in now.

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Connecticut waters have no shortage big striped bass, but the fish do appear to be transitioning to their summer haunts on the deeper reefs and rips. The lower CT River has cooled off, but it’s always worth a look on your way out. The resurgence of bluefish also continues, with strong reports of 12-15-pound fish from Norwalk to The Race, and at most spots in between. Local surfcasters are also starting to find better results from Groton to Niantic. Fluke fishing isn’t exactly lights out, but anglers working the eastern Sound reefs are reporting some of the best results in a few years. There is no shortage of sea bass and scup, with the latter showing up in better numbers for shore bound anglers. Connecticut’s summer tautog season has kicked off and has been fruitful for those that are actually targeting them, while sea bass and scup remain plentiful. The blue crabbing has also been very strong in the lower CT River tribs for those looking for a nice change of pace closer to home. 

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