Connecticut Fishing Report- June 22, 2023

More bunker flood the Sound with gator bluefish in tow, fluke fishing is productive around 40 feet, and stripers hit topwater plugs and flutter spoons around bunker schools.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook told me that the fishing continues to steadily improve in his neck of the woods. The rivers are fishing great for big striped bass, especially if you can find live bunker. Topwaters and big soft plastics have also been getting the job done, with the best action at low light hours. Gravity tackle eels and live eels have also been working well in the river and along the shorelines out front. Sea bass are starting to bite well on the deeper structure, just be mindful of the season, as CT has a two-week closed period starting this weekend. Fluke fishing has been best in 35-50 feet of water, with white bucktails tipped with gulp doing the most damage. Fluke fishing isn’t lock and load, but anglers who do find some fish tend to find some solid ones.  

Matt Stone smiles with a nice bass he caught during, you guessed it, a sunrise kayak outing! (@sunrisekayakfishing)

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reports that striped bass fishing has been the top draw over the past week or so. Their private charter night trip had good numbers of stripers coming over the rails all night long, and their After Work Special trip on Friday was phenomenal. That trip saw a boat limit of slot keepers, bluefish, and many bigger fish safely released. Our porgy trips were slower in the early part of the week but picked up by the end of the week and should be strong this weekend. They will also be starting our Family Fishing Trips in July, these special trips are shorter, carry a limited number of passengers, and are geared towards families with young children. These trips will be every Saturday afternoon in the summer, so be sure to check out their website to book one of these or one of the many other trips! 


Captain Mike Roy, at Reel Cast Charters told me that the migratory striped bass continue to move throughout Long Island Sound. It hasn’t just been stripers moving into the sound with the June moon, as big schools of bunker and large bluefish are also streaming in. The fishing for both species has been lights out with both live bait and artificials. The biggest issue right now, Captain Mike told me, is boats fishing right on top of one another. His best advice to find consistent action is to get away from the crowds and locate your own fish, and with fish spreading into the region, it should start to get a little easier to get away from the crowds. There are still some open dates for the month of June so give Captain Mike and his team a call to book your spot today. 

Joe, at Diorio Guide Service told me that the local fishing has started to improve with the June new moon, especially if you can get away from some of the crowds. He has been finding fish all the way to 52-inches this week, with many willing to take topwater offerings like the Joe Baggs Skipper and Doc. The key to dialing in a steady big fish bite remains locating fresh bunker though. Finding bunker has been spotty at times, but the numbers have certainly improved this week. There is also no shortage of big bluefish to play with on topwater plugs if the bass aren’t cooperating. It’s certainly shaping up to be a great season, and Joe has some Block Island/Tuna dates and fall run dates available!

Joe Diorio and Co. are still finding trophy-size stripers in the Eastern Sound. (@joe.diorio.guide.service)

Rich, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk said that the beat continues, with strong striped bass and bluefish action throughout the area. One nice change this week has been better numbers of quality bass inshore. The local piers and beaches have started to see steady action for anglers soaking fresh chunks. That said, the usual deepwater reefs are still producing the biggest numbers of large fish. Flutter spoons remain the top producer for anglers fishing those areas, but mojos, diamond jigs, and large trolling plugs have also been getting the job done. There are also huge schools of big blues roaming the area and harassing the schools of bunker making their way through the region. There are also still big numbers of weakfish both inshore around the island, and out around the deep structure. Light tackle with jigs and soft plastics has been the best bet for targeting tiderunners in shallow water and out in the deeper water, many are being caught as bycatch by those looking for sea bass. Speaking of black sea bass, the fishing has been consistent. Those doing best are targeting 40- to 60-feet of water around 32A, 28C and 11B. Whole squid, big clams and flutter style jigs were all taking fish. Fluke reports got better this week. Anglers who were able to fill a limit reported that 25- to 30-feet of water was the best bet and squid, spearing and Gulp were all working well. Porgy fishing exploded this week and can be caught just about anywhere on a number of offerings.  

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Connecticut has been a hotbed of striped bass action for a few weeks now, and that hasn’t changed, with big bass continuing to move in and spread out. Bunker numbers improved once again this week, and while they have been hard to locate at times, they remain the bait of choice if you’re looking for consistent action. Fluke fishing has been challenging, as consistency has been lacking from day to day. That being said, some big flat fish are being taken most days. You just need to work different depths and areas instead of chasing reports, and you will likely be rewarded with a few keepers at least. Sea bass fishing shuts down for a few weeks starting this weekend but loads of hubcap scup will hold things down until the bite picks back up. Flows are moderate and clean for trout anglers on the TMAs, while the lakes and ponds continue to produce a nice mix of bass and panfish.   

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