Connecticut Fishing Report- June 8, 2023

Big liced-up stripers follow bunker pods along the beaches and near river mouths while porgies and weakfish bite well in the eastern Sound.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook, was just in from a trip when I spoke to him. He told me that bigger bass have been moving into the flats and around the river mouth areas. It hasn’t always been easy to get them to bite, however. Low light conditions and/or finding some bunker to liveline has been the top option. Big topwater plugs fished around the bunker schools have produced some big fish as well. Large soft plastics and plugs like the Doc, Skipper and the X-Walk have been top offerings. There are still a lot of big bluefish around, so don’t get attached to any particular soft plastics. Matt hasn’t done much fluke or sea bassing, but local reports are starting to pick up, and it appears we’re close to another mid-June kickoff of action.  

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reports the weekday porgy fishing was once again excellent. During their day trips, the porgies were flying over the rails and filling the coolers! The end of the week and through the weekend was a bit slower, and they had to put in some overtime. Those who stuck it out ended up being rewarded with good numbers of scup in the coolers. There were some nice weakfish in the mix on some of the porgy trips as well. Their Thursday fluke trip was pretty good, they had to pick through the shorts to get the keepers, but most anglers did just that. Their After Work trip on Thursday had nice keeper bass coming over the rails, along with some blues too. They have more of these trips coming soon, so be sure to grab your spot on board! They continue to book private charters and their summer afternoon trips are filling fast. Be sure to contact Heather in the office to get your date in the calendar.  

Captain Mike Roy, at Reel Cast Charters reports that they’re seeing more and more fish with sea lice on them as larger, migrating fish begin to populate the area. Stripers are taking both bait and plugs, with live bunker being the bait of choice when you can get them. It seems like more bunker is trickling into the area everyday so it should be easier to find them as the week and month go by. They are seeing big numbers of bluefish, many more than in the past few years and the overall size is large. They have also been rounding out trips with some good black sea bass fishing. There are still some open dates for the summer so Give Captain Mike and his team a call to book your spot today! 


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Dan, at Dan’s Bait, Tackle and Charters in New London reported that the beat continues for local striped bass anglers, with steady catches coming from the shore and boat. Double-digit length porgies have been commonplace for bottom fishermen, and the sea bass have started to be plentiful as well. Squid strips and sand worms have worked well for sea bass and scup, while the same worms and livelined eels have worked well for shorebound striped bass anglers. It’s been a strong start to the summer season in eastern CT and will only improve from here! 

Joe, at Diorio Guide Service told me that the local fishing has been a bit slower than usual for this time of year, but the striped bass they have been finding are quality! He has been doing well on the Joe Baggs Skipper topwater plug, but the key to big bass is locating bunker. Finding bunker has been a bit tough, which has likely caused inconsistent fishing, but as the water continues to warm, we should see more bunker enter the system. There is also no shortage of big bluefish to play with on topwater plugs if the bass aren’t cooperating. 

Max, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the me striped bass fishing remains excellent in the western sound.  We are in the midst of some of the best striped bass fishing that anglers can remember, but there’s also some great bluefish and weakfish action! The bass fishing is excellent all throughout the area from inshore and around the islands out to the deep-water reefs. The bite has been good for anglers trolling bunker spoons, mojos, and umbrella rigs as well as those dropping flutter spoons and diamond jigs. Keep a topwater offering rigged as well, as some of the bass have been pushing bunker pods to the surface. Inshore, anglers are catching on bait and lures like SP Minnows, X-Raps, topwater plugs and jigs and plastics. There are bluefish to 17 pounds in the mix and are being taken on all the same offerings as the bass. Local fluke reports are spotty, with the better reports still coming from Northport and Smithtown Harbors. Sea bass fishing was strong this week, with good reports from the deepwater reefs and wrecks; while the weakfish bite remains tremendous around the channel edges, marshy banks and around the island sandbars. Trout anglers are still reporting good catches from the local TMAs, while the anglers fishing the reservoir are reporting strong bass action, and the occasional walleye bite. 

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Connecticut has been a hotbed of striped bass action, with strong reports coming from most of the state. The bigger fish are still over on the western side, but an influx of bigger bass are starting to trickle into the Central Sound and the river mouths, including a few fish around the 50-pound mark. Better bunker numbers were reported this week, so the liveline game and some truly giant fish will likely show themselves this week. Local fluke reports have been relatively quiet, but the anglers who take advantage of the early arrivals have found some early season keepers in relatively shallow water. Sea bass fishing has started off strong and loads of hubcap scup are rounding out the catches! Flows are moderate and clean for trout anglers on the TMAs and the lakes and ponds are producing a nice mix of bass and panfish. 

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