Connecticut Fishing Report
Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook told me that things have been similar to last week, with tons of small bait around, which is resulting in more school striped bass blitzes. While there are plenty of bass around, the water is still quite warm, so the best bite is still happening after dark or on low light days. Live eels and GT eels have been the top producers for big striped bass, but there have been some fish willing to hit topwater plugs over the past few days. The chub mackerel can still be found working the surface on most days, but there have been no reports of false albacore or bonito yet. There have been some Spanish Mackerel showing up on the New York side, and in the Western Sound, which is usually a sign that the bonito aren’t too far away. The large mass of small bait seems to have helped the fluke fishing, with good results coming from 40-50 feet of water on squid colored bucktail/gulp combos. The local sea bass bite has been dominated by short fish, so most anglers have to burn some fuel to find some quality sea bassing.
Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reports another strong week of the same summer fishing they’ve seen for a while Their daily bottom fishing trips have shown 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. They will continue to add as many of these trips as they can, but they fill 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 daytime bass bite has remained excellent, despite the hot water and weather. Deep water structure where the fish could ambush prey and take advantage of cooler water has been the key to finding active fish while the sun is high. Live eels or bunker has been the tickets, but some topwater plugs are starting to gain more traction. There has also been a small uptick in sea bass activity this week for anglers looking to fill the cooler. Give Mike a call to book a fall run trip before it’s too late!
Dan, at Dan’s Bait, Tackle, and Charters in New London reports that things have stayed consistent in eastern CT and should only improve with some cooler weather and the full moon this weekend. Striped bass have moved into deeper water during the day but could still be found in the shallows after dark and/or on the cooler incoming tides. Casting topwater plugs, Daiwa swimmers, and tins have been productive when you find some bass working the surface, while drifting/casting eels remains the proven method on the deeper reefs or along the shoreline after dark. Shore bound anglers are reporting good catches of bass along the local rocky shoreline, and from the piers on eels and fresh chunks. There have also been some quality bluefish in the mix that will tear up an eel but won’t turn down a chunk. The sea bass are still chewing clams and squid, but you may have to weed through some shorts, scup can be found just about everywhere, and the summer tautog action has been good for those that are targeting them. Dan will continue to have green crabs in stock until the 30th!
Joe, at Diorio Guide Service told me that the striped bass fishing has been great, and he has seen stripers on the reefs to 54-pounds. 3 waying or live lining eels has been the best producer, but jigging Joe Baggs Eels and Patriot Fish have also been working well. The encouraging bluefish season has continued as well, with plenty of big fish around to 18-pounds. Sea bass fishing has also been steady for Joe on most of his trips, and most of his tuna trips have seen good results on butterfly jigs and Ron-Zs. Joe still has some dates available in September and October, but they are filling fast, so book soon!
Chris, at Elser Guide Service is seeing more bait than he has in years across the Western Sound. There is peanut bunker all over the area, and the snappers are starting to get bigger too! Trolling is still the way to go for stripers and bluefish, but there has been a few more opportunities to get them on light tackle and topwater offerings. The Spanish Mackerel sightings have slowed a bit, but there are chubs/tinkers around, so we shouldn’t be too far away from the first bonito sightings.
Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the fishing has remained solid, despite the temperature of the water. There are still some bass around, but it’s a low light and/or night game. Live lining bunker has been a strong producer in the morning and evening hours, and most anglers are soaking fresh chunks during the nighttime hours. The area inside the islands and around most of the beaches is loaded with big bluefish from 10-12-pounds, and they will hit just about any offering. The area is absolutely loaded with all sorts of bait, so most western CT anglers are very excited for the upcoming fall run. Sea bass fishing has picked up a bit in 40-60 feet of water for anglers working squid-tipped jigs. The fluke fishing has also seemed to improve a bit for anglers working around the large bait schools. The blue crabbing has been strong in the local tidal rivers and harbors, and just a reminder that the shop will be an official weigh station for the upcoming bluefish tournament.
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Connecticut Fishing Forecast
Summer fishing patterns have prevailed, and some cooler weather and big full moon tides on the way, we should see even more improvement in the fishing this weekend.
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. Fishing after dark has worked out well for those that are doing it, with some big striped bass being reported from CT surfcasters and anglers drifting eels on the shallow reefs. 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 seems to have improved this week, with better reports from throughout the state, but the sea bass action has gotten tougher and is dominated by shorts. Connecticut’s summer tautog season has remained fruitful for those that are actually targeting them, while scup also remain plentiful. The blue crabbing has also been very strong in the lower CT River tribs and the Western Sound tribs for those looking for a nice change of pace closer to home.