Long Island and NYC Fishing Report- February 15, 2024

Carp, white perch and holdover schoolie stripers take flies and jigs in tidal ponds and creeks, while largemouth bass and panfish provide spotty action in freshwater ponds.

Long Island and NYC Fishing Report

  • Uptick in Herring catches reported from a few different piers this week. 
  • White perch, carp, and holdover schoolies biting in the tidal creeks. 
  • Snowmelt will affect water temperatures, while skim ice limits access to a degree.

Petey Trovato from Lindenhurst Bait and Tackle told me: 

“A buddy and I have been nailing yellow perch up to 6 inches with curly tail grubs on 1/8 ounce jigheads. This past weekend on the Connetquot I had a nice brook trout and a couple of smaller rainbows on small nymph flies. The weather had been nice up until this snow came!” 

Brandon Weitz from Causeway Bait and Tackle in Wantagh said:

“This Friday 2/16 is the start of our Spring sale – the entire store will be on sale until March 3rd, so be sure to stop in and load up!

Fishing wise, other than stocked trout and freshwater bass, it’s been quiet here at the shop. We have nightcrawlers for bass and panfish, and spoons for trout! They’ve been biting well in the ponds and rivers, so if you’ve got cabin fever fishing the lakes and ponds are your best bet.”  

Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin told me: 

“This past weekend was good in the freshwater. My son visited the Croton water system for trout and had a killer day Euro-nymphin for trout, landing 4 beauties. Now however, with all the snow melt, the rivers are going to cool down and its going to take a few days to warm back up, which will definitely affect the bite. In the tidal pools and outflows, there are carp and white perch ready to bite on small streamers or light tackle spinning gear. The warm weather has made for a better bite, but it’s still winter – you gotta be happy with whatever you can get.” 

Here’s what local anglers have been posting on social media:

If you have a catch you’d like to share, DM me on Instagram @nick_onthewater.

Winter’s back, and it brought the wind. In contrast to the last storm, it wasn’t super cold and more of a slush that accumulated, but once temperatures dropped everything iced up. Some took advantage of their snow day to get out on the water. My buddy Shawn from Cow Harbor B&T hit up the Connetquot River and caught his first ever fly-brookie on the classic wooly bugger. Congrats to him, I wish I’d done the same that day. Fishing during a snowfall is one of life’s simple pleasures.  

Long Island and NYC Fishing Forecast

Skim Ice shouldn’t be a factor for long, but some ponds do have it and it will limit your access in certain places. You might be able to just break it up with a rock or wade past it if you layer up enough. Water temperatures will have definitely taken a dip due to the snow melt and ice.  

If you’re looking to do some cod fishing, the King Cod out of Bay Shore is planning an offshore wreck trip this Saturday, 2/17, leaving at 1:00AM. Check out their Facebook page for more info. 

This week I spoke to our Eastern Long Island Fishing Report author Tim Regan to get the word on the fishing out East. Tim’s been keeping busy in the tidal outflows chasing white perch, carp, and holdover schoolies. Here’s what he told me: 

“White perch commandeered my attention on Sunday. They’ve proven ravenous in various brackish waters. Often, the best bites will occur for just a few days. Targeting them consistently is your best bet for a memorable fish. Other species in the mix with them might include gizzard shad, American eels, and stripers.”

White perch pack a powerful punch for a small panfish, and targeting them with light spinning tackle can make for fast, fun action if you can locate the school. (IG @southforksalt)
Holdover schoolie stripers are a possible white perch bycatch in brackish waters on the east end of Long Island. (IG @southforksalt)

Tim added, “Largemouth bass are picky, but they’re chewing pretty regularly. I can count on at least one fish a day if I’m targeting them, but it relies on finding the right lure/presentation and a lot of trial-and-error. All-in-all, it’s definitely worth getting out there daily.” 

Largemouth bass can be tough to figure out this time of year, but covering water and switching up your lures and retrieve cadences can help to decipher the bite. (IG @southforksalt)

Similar to Tim, I’m finding that the freshwater bass fishing requires a lot of trial-and-error and cycling through different lures/presentation before you figure out the one that works, and once you do it’s generally 1 to 2 fish per day from whatever pond or lake you’re fishing out of. 

Tim and I also discussed carp fishing, which is something I’ve slept on for too long. He told me: “I’m tossing small marabou flies at them for the most part, hoping for an eat. Chum the water with bread if you want the closest thing to guaranteed action. It’s exhilarating getting a topwater bite this way. Plus, that’s one of the toughest local fish fights you can find this time of year.” 

Common carp will swipe at a slowly presented hair jig on bottom, but they will also eat marabou hair flies and mop flies, making for a ton of fun on light spinning gear or fly fishing tackle. (IG @southforksalt)

Indeed, there are some big carp out there on long island in the creeks and ponds. Check your local pond to see if it has carp and try some of the techniques mentioned by Tim if you have a chance.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading, stay warm, and tight lines. 

The L.I./NYC Fishing Report is written and compiled by NYSDEC licensed kayak fishing guide, Nick Cancelliere (@nick_onthewater).

1 thought on “Long Island and NYC Fishing Report- February 15, 2024

  1. James flaherty

    Where have all the codfish gone The Codfather contributed to this travesty Jim

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