Archive for Fishing Reports
This week we see the return of Arctic Cold to the region. Ice conditions will be improving steadily around central CT. We expect this to be a terrific weekend of ice fishing all around.
As of today, Reporting in for ice conditions are:
Wethersfield Cove at 5-6″ on the main ice, and 2.5 inch edges to cross.
Coventry 41/2 -5
Mt Tom 4-5″
Mansfield Hollow 5-6″
Bigelow Hollow 4-6″
We have some great fish entered into the tourney, and there’s still time to get yourself entered, just 15$ for the entire season!
Be safe, walk on water, stay dry, & have a plan.
This past week held a ton of Ice opportunities. Today, It was almost 50 degrees this morning, but dropping to 11-17 tonite.
We’ll check Ice conditions in the morning and see how well what Ice we have has held up.
The weekend saw a very slow bite at Both Black Pond and Wethersfield cove. We took in a beautiful rainbow 18.75″ & 2 1/2 pounds, for the tourney on Sunday afternoon that came out of East twin.
Also entered into the tourney was a 22″ 6 1/2 lb Largie that came out of Coventry.
Our guys were on Wethersfield Cove late last night and the ice was still very fishable at 4-6″.
Well, the thaw we were expecting made a lot of open water where we were just getting to fishable ice.
Wethersfield cove has 50% open water and just an inch or two around the edges.
I was texted a photo of dave from New Britain who landed a small release-worthy Pike from the south bay of Bantam. He also showed an image of 3″ black ice. I still don’t know how to get images out of my phone from texts…..Anyway ,He reported that the north side had only an inch and a half.
Bryan M and company were out on Dog Pond in Goshen on 4-5″ of black Ice.
And Tony from Farmington went out to a TMA on the Farmington river for some C&R Trout action.
Everyone’s calling for Ice reports and I think many guys and gals will be out there tomorrow based upon the Bait sales tonight!
We did get moussies, we also have spike in bulk (250 or 1000) and waxies came in finally too.
The longer term forcast shows an arctic blast that should last through March, God Willing!
More to come as reports filter in to CTO. Stay Dry and Stay Safe my friends!
CTO Fishin Report for Friday, December 20, 2013
We were blessed with fishable ice before Christmas, which is always a good thing!
The unfortunate reality is that a lot of places that set early might just lose a lot of ice with the warm weekend predicted.
During this week of 12-13-12-20 we received ice reports as follows:
Congamond North 3”
Wood Creek 4”
Mashapaug 2 ½”
South cove Bantam 4”
Dog Pond 4-5”
Wethersfield Cove 1-5”
Reports of Big Pike out of Bantam and one of the Marinas on the CT river that froze.
Plenty of panfish reports as the shallower spots freeze first, some Crappie out of a small private spot in Wethersfield.
We have a lot of guys loading up with bait today (Friday) and hitting it tomorrow. I think that everyone needs to be extremely cautious. Things could get very sketchy very quickly.
Be Safe, Have a Plan, Stay Dry!
There are still several open water fishing opportunities for the anglers willing to put in the effort, while most are packing it in for the year or getting ready for the “Hard Water” season, others are braving the cold and still catching fish both fresh and salt.
Trout and Salmon:
A young angler caught a 17# trout at West Hill Pond, using corn as bait, this is one of the many recently relased Trophy Trout that were stocked by the Deep in the last few weeks!
Best reports for River and Stream fishing are still coming from the Farmington river, the recent rain should help the fishing in the rivers and streams that were depleted.
Lakes and Ponds Trout:
Trout are active in the shallows now and can be caught on a variety of baits and lures!Fair to Good reports from Candlewood, Amos Lake, East Twin, West Hill Pond, Beach Pond, Uncas Pond, Mohegan Park Pond.
Atlantic Salmon: Fishing is fair to good, on the Shetucket and Naugatuck River, with more verified reports of released Atlantics in the last week.
Fly Fishing with streamers or spin fishing with single hook lures are the best methods.
On the Connecticut River
The Pike and Crappie fishing is red hot despite the ice cold temps, Pike are being caught in the main river, coves and marinas, many verified reports in the last week. Large Live bait or slowly fished lures are the best methods, we have Pike bait in stock! Glastonbury, Keeney Cove, and Wethersfield Cove all giving up trophy pike right now.
Black Crappie Fishing: Very good in the coves of the river! Stop in the shop for info and the best live bait around, Wethersfield cove is a hot spot for Calico Bass with fish over 2#’s very possible.
Yellow Perch: Yellow Perch are moving into the shallow water and fishing was good at Keeny cove before the big rain. Jigs and small shiners or worms will catch Yellow Perch this time of year.
Largemouth Bass: Haven’t had many reports in the last week
Smallmouth Bass: Smb’s have really turned on at Candlewood Lake, recent catches of smallies to 5 #’s have been verified, also good amounts of Smallies once you find them, Plastic swim baits are one of the best choices to have in your box right now.
Walleye: More reports of Walleyes lately, now is a good time to hit up your favorite Walleye Lake with some CTO live bait. Some verified reports from Sqantz Pond have come to the shop in the last week.
Stripers: Schoolies in the Housy, Thames and CT. Rivers right now! Good action around the Casino for boaters on the Thames river also small bass around Fort Trumble on the Thames, The Housy is hosting large numbers of small stripers as they stage for the winter, The CT. River has had action around the mouth and all the way up to the Hartford area with most likely our “resident” striper population.
Marine: Some Blues showing up at Millstone now and then, with some small school stripers mixed in, we have not had many other reports in the last week.
Blackfishing: Some say it’s good some say it’s over, still worth a shot in the deeper 30-40 ft spots, we have rigs, jigs and crabs in stock. Cod and Pollok trips are starting to heat up.
Reports in general are way down, which is typical this time of year but the wind and weather we have been experiencing has even kept some of the die-hards from hitting the water.
The good news is this weekend is expected to be much warmer with milder winds!
Largemouth Bass: The Hitman and Fi-Shawn hit lake Terramungus in Marlbourgh hoping for some smallmouth action but found lot’s of smaller but active LMB’s hitting Crawdad color crank baits in 5-15 ft of water. Surface temp was 51.6.
LMB’s will school up this time of year and can be a challange to locate but they are still very catchable for those willing. Paul W. fished from the Causeway at Moodus Resivior and scored 6 bass on an inline spinner.
Smallmouth Bass: No verified reports this week but smallies remain active in the cold weather and are good choice for bass fisherman this time of year.
Catfish: Channel cats are still active and hitting bait on the Ct River and also lakes and ponds, Kyle and Moose hit a lake they fish at night from shore every November and score nice size channel cats to 10 lbs. They caught 4 Channels around 5-6 lbs.
Pike: Pike fishing on the Connecticut River is rated as Red Hot right now, From Wethersfield to Haddam, in and around the coves, using spinnerbaits or swimming lures with a slow retrieve and a stop and go action, most reports right now are coming from Pike anglers taking advantage of the Prime Pike fishing season! Pike can be caught from shore or boat and are found shallow in coves and back waters this time of year! Stop in the shop for expert advise and locations
Black Crappies: Crappies are schooling up in the coves and providing Hot Action! Use small jigs tipped with a plastic offering or a CTO live shiner, for some of the best Crappie fishing in the state! Stop in the shop and get everything you need to experience this awesome fishery.
Trout and Salmon: The best trout fishing is on the Farmington River right now, most rivers and streams are down to a trickle. The Shetucket River has plenty of water, which is regulated by dams, trout, smb’s and Atlantic Salmon are all catchable right now on the Shetucket, make sure to check the rules regarding Atlantics before you make the trip. There were a few verified reports of Atlantic Salmon caught on the Naugatuck River.
Stripers: Still plenty around but they are on the move, still some smaller bass around the CT River mouth as the last of the Hickories vacate the river.
The Thames River has been decent for smaller bass in the last week, try around buoy 27 from land or boat, still some fish under pods of bait around the mouth of the Thames from time to time. This time of year look for birds working and you have a great chance of finding stripers below.
Blackfish: Very good fishing for Blackfish along the CT and RI coast, winds have kept alot of anglers off the water thus less pressure on Tautogs. Blackfish are in 15-35 feet of water right now, they make very slight depth changes as the water cools. This weekend should be very good for Blackfishing, we sell Blackfish Rigs, Blackfish Jigs and fresh green crabs, stop by and stock up!
Getting Ready for ice fishing? We are!! Stop in and see one of the biggest ice fishing selections in the area!
Largemouth Bass: Fish are harder to locate as the lakes continue to go through the turn over stages but are still very catchable, jigs are the top lure this time of year.
Smallmouth Bass: According to customers the SMB fishing really turned on last week at Candlewood! We also had good reports from Coventry Lake in the last week and also Shenipsit Reservoir, Crank Baits, swim shads, jigs and spinnerbaits have been working well for Smallies. The rivers are still producing Smallmouths but it is slowing down and a little more work to find interested fish. Try the Shetucket, Farmington, Housatonic, Willimantic Rivers for some good action.
CT River: Smallmouths are still filling livewells North of Hartford, swim shads, Keitech jigs, crank and spinner baits will all attract Ct River Smallmouths.
Catfish: The Ct River is still very good for catfish and cut bait is the best method right now, Catfish are still just outside of the channels feeding at the usual locations this time of year before they start to school up in deeper water although they are catchable all through the winter even through the ice.
Carp: Still a very good time of year for Carp fishing! Stop in the shop for expert advice, tackle and locations!
Black Crappie: Great and getting better in the CT. River Coves, large catches of slab Calico’s are common right out of Wethersfield Cove, stop in the store for the freshest bait, supplies and locations.
Yellow Perch: Good in the Connecticut River coves! They move very shallow this time of year, Keeney Cove on the River was producing yellows and Calicos in the last week, small jigs and CTO live bait is the best method.
White Perch: Biting in the Essex Area of the River
Pike: Still improving on the river with some reports of bigger fish in the last week, we heard of a 39” Pike out of Wethersfield Cove, Pike will still hit lures this time of year, stop in the shop and see our Pike fishing selection.
Walleyes: Nothing verified but now is a good time to go
Trout: The Deep stocked some big Breeder trout in the last week at several area Lakes and ponds, most rivers are very low and only holding trout in the deeper pools, although good reports are still coming from the Farmington River.
Lakes and Ponds: Trout fishing is improving and can be found very shallow in 2-3 feet of water this time of year, Beach Pond has been good fishing in the last week, right around the causeway. Other lakes with good reports were West hill, Highland, East Twin, Tyler and Amos lakes.
Atlantic Salmon: Should be 600 or 700 hundred of them swimming around the Shetucket River in the Baltic area, according to the Deep stocking reports, Try single hook lures on spinning tackle, or Fly fishing, the Atlantics get leader shy quickly so long limber rods and lite leaders will improve your chances of landing an Atlantic Salmon.
Marine: Still Bass and Blues chasing bunker around the mouth of the CT River and we have had several reports of keeper Stripers size fish all the way to the Hartford area!
Blackfish: Most saltwater anglers seem to be Blackfishing now and the fishing has been very good, fish can still be found shallow but are moving deeper as the water cools down, still a bunch of shorts mixed in on some locations, The “Hitman” of BlackOps Fishing caught a nice limit 2 day in a row with less shorts to contend with than the previous week fish were between 17 and 24″ the later weighed in at 8.15lbs. Stop in the shop for green Crabs and Blackfish Jigs and Rigs!
Largemouth Bass: Largemouth fishing has slowed down in the last week according to the general consensus but there are fewer anglers LMB fishing this time of year, which explains the lack of reports. The sharpies are still doing well at their favorite lakes and some really good catches of big LMB’s have been made recently.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair to good, we have had 2 verified reports of SMB action from Bashan Lake in the last week, Candlewood was rated as fair to good in the last week, Dave and Rick from Marlborough did well on the SMB’s at Candlewood on 10/29/13 and also right on Lake Terramungus in Marlborough on the 30th with both Large and Smallmouth Bass. We heard it was slow at Gardner and Coventry from the few anglers we spoke with.
Smallie action in the Rivers is slowing down but still worth the effort, “Hitman” caught a bunch of smallies in the outflow of the Willimantic Reservoir, below the dam in the deeper pools and also casted to a large Pike he spotted from the bank. A Bluefox spinner took the SMB’s the biggest was 1 1/2 lbs.
Trout and Salmon: Trout action from Beach and Long Ponds was reported as good in the last week also Mohegan Park Pond good for both Trout and Channel Cats, Reports from West Hill Pond, East Twin Lake and Crystal lake were fair to good. Some Lake and pond trout will move very shallow 2-4 ft. this time of year and right through the hard water season. Atlantic Salmon no verified reports this week but we saw several anglers trying in Baltic on the Shetucket, the Broodstock Atlantic Salmon become leader shy rather quickly so a lite leader will increase your odds, catch and release until December 1st. on the Shetucket and single hook lures only.
Streams and Rivers, the Farmington and Housy have been good in the last week, descent fishing reported from the catch and release area on the Salmon River, some rivers and streams are low although fishable in the deeper pools and holding stocked trout. Rich P. landed 2 nice trout at the Natchaug but had to contend with an army of Sunnies little bass and chubs to get to his target fish.
Black Crappies: Good report came from Mansfield Hollow from a gent who was fishing around the boat launch with Pin Head Shiners. Crappies are schooling up this time of year and the very best action is right on the CT River and it’s coves. Stop in the shop for everything you need from bait to locations we have the best Calico fishing in the state right down the street from our shop!
Pike: Good and still improving, Pike are moving into the coves on the CT River and the fishing has been good especially in the haddam area, Mark C. took 3 Pike from Wrights Cove in Portland on 10/30 the biggest was 39.5 inches. Jordan landed 6 pike in a east bank cove south of hartford. The fish were holding tight to structure, largest fish was 42″. way to go Jordan!
Catfish: Channel Cat fishing is still good up and down the river! Use cut bait for the best results, some decent cats were landed by Jeff R. and friends fishing Charter Oak Landing with Eel chunks purchased at CTO.
Walleye: We heard of a few smaller fish in the last week from Batterson Park Pond, not mant folks trying for Walleyes but this is a great time of years to do so. Try Mashapaug Lake, Gardner Lake, Saltonstall Lake for a chance at a big Walleye.
Porgy: Still aroundbut thinning out a little, and fishing is good but lots of Juvenile Sea Bass to pick through
BlackFish : GREAT!, lots of shorts but keepers are mixed in, fish still running in the shallow water at this posting, try Stonnington Breakwall,Latimier Light,the Clumps, New London Light,Eastern Point for some good Tautog Fishing.
Blues: Are winding down quickly, there are still fish in the Race but the shoreline is host to some real Gators during the Migration and your best chance at landing a big Blue from the shore. Try Hammonasset Jetty or the Deep docks, nice fish have been landed at those locations in the last few days! Also buoy 27 on the Thames River which is very easy to access from shore,
Bunker chunks or Lures is the way to get them! These locations hold Migrating Stripers as well.
Stripers: Good on the reefs and the shorelines this time of year! The Fall Migration is in motion, some bigger Linesiders are found under the Bunker schools in the mouth of the CT River, right Now! Bait pushed into shore rreported from clinton to milford.
It is hit or miss when you find the bunks sometimes the Bass are right under them sometimes not but it is worth a trip and there are big Blues in the same area.