Connecticut Fishing Report- May 11, 2023

Weakfish make a showing across the coast, bluefish trickle in, and big bass hit soft plastics and flutter spoons around deep structure.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook, told me that all signs are pointing to the kickoff of the spring migratory striped bass run. There are still tons of school bass in the tidal creeks, but they are starting to spread out through the larger rivers, and there are some bigger fish joining the mix. There are also still some larger bass working the herring runs. A few local anglers recently found some large bluefish, which is also a sign that we should start to see some larger migratory bass soon. The late-week warm up should also spike activity levels and help get some bigger fish into the area. Matt also got word of an excellent weakfish bite throughout western CT. Freshwater fishing patterns have remained similar, with good pre-spawn largemouth fishing and great crappie fishing on micro jigs and soft plastics.  

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing was happy to report that the start of their porgy season was strong, with fantastic fishing since last weekend. Boat limits of porgies have been commonplace, along with a good number of weakfish. Last Friday’s squid trip wasn’t the bucket filler they had hoped for, but still produced some pretty solid numbers. Saturday’s trip was much better, with steady action for the whole trip; hopefully it’s more of the same for this weekend’s trips. They have started to add some striped bass diamond jig trips and after work trips, so be sure to check their website for scheduling.

Weakfish are in the Long Island Sound in numbers this week. As they leave the Peconics on L.I., or head through the Sound, they can be intercepted with pink or white soft-plastic jigs.

Captain Mike Roy, at Reel Cast Charters reports that the stripers are still working into their Spring patterns. The warm weather combined with better flow conditions should really help kick that into gear this weekend. Fishing has been good this week, despite the high water, with plenty of bass willing to take large soft plastics and topwater plugs. The fish are moving around quite a bit, but on any given day you can find good fish in the rivers, out by The Race and/or along the local shoreline. Be sure to check in with Captain Mike to schedule a trip before the schedule really starts to fill up. 


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Dan, at Dan’s Bait, Tackle and Charters in New London told me that May has started off strong for local anglers, and the upcoming warm-up should keep that trend going! Saltwater anglers are finding school to slot bass throughout the Sound, and larger fish are slowly but surely trickling in. Holdover bass fishing is still strong throughout the Thames, especially around the herring runs, but those fish have been pressured heavily and can be finicky at times. Freshwater anglers targeting perch and calico are finding some success on small jigs and lures fished slowly, as those fish are starting to stage up for the spawn. Largemouth reports have been steady, while the local trout reports improved with the improving flow conditions.  

Tyler, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the striped bass bite really started to blow open this week, with a slug of big fish showing up in local waters. Anglers fishing the deep structure found a strong bite of fish to 30-pounds, along with a few larger specimens. The fish appear to be hungry, so most of the standard offerings have been working just fine, including a few big bass caught on the fly! Most of the bunker schools are still to the west, and when they arrive, things will only get better. The inshore bass fishing has been consistent as well, albeit they’re mainly smaller fish. Anglers tossing small swimming plugs, soft plastics and/or sandworms have been catching along the beaches, flats and in the tributaries. Anglers heading across the sound are starting to find some fluke in shallow water, and we should be seeing them closer to home soon. The unpleasant weather this past week kept freshwater reports to a minimum, but the trout streams are flowing nicely again, and the reservoir should start fishing well any day now.  

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Connecticut anglers continue to see a nice mix of holdover and early migratory striped bass, with sizes improving daily. The major rivers have cleaned up quite a bit this week, so there is plenty of fishable striped bass water, whether it’s up the tidal rivers, around the mouth of the rivers, or out front. Some big bass have started to settle into the Western Sound, along with a nice slug of weakfish. Anglers are reporting some big bluefish from all over the state, so that early season fishery appears to be right around the corner. Shad reports improved in the CT River as soon as the water cleaned up, and we should still have a few more weeks to target them. The trout streams are back to fishable flows and some quality trout reports have started to flow back in! Pre-spawn largemouth, a strong crappie bite and good action for the carp anglers are rounding out the freshwater catches. 

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