Archive for Fishing Reports
January inland outlook:
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts average or below average temps for southern New England zone, with average or above average snow fall. Southern New Englanders will be icefishing in January to be sure! Remember to get your fresh 2015 license. And if you happen to be 16 or 17 years old, there is great news. Your 2015 licenses in CT will be half price of regular adult resident licenses!
Open water opportunities in January will be limited to moving rivers like the Farmington, Naugatuck, Shetucket, Connecticut, Thames, and the Housey. The uncaught stocked landlocked Salmon can still provide lots of fun into January and can be legally fished and taken (one per angler per day) Until March 31st, 2015.
C&R Trout fishing along the Farmy in January is Hardcore to be sure! Barbless hooks are required and all fish must be released. Try drifting or bouncing Mummy Worms, Waxies, or Super Mealies behind a small split shot.
Fishable ice will become available earliest on small, shallow, and protected ponds. The larger bodies freeze later than the smaller ones. Some impressive rainbows trout were stocked into West Hill Pond (Barkhamsted), Highland Lake (Winsted), and Mashapaug (Union) as recently as early December. Pike under ice will be had in many lakes and large ponds including but not limited to Pachaug, Bantam, Mansfield Hollow, Wethersfield Cove, and Winchester.
Walleye are a coveted and much sought after quarry for many ice anglers. Connecticut has done a very good job over the years stocking these predatory gamefish into landlocked water around the state including Gardner, Batterson, Mashapaug and Coventry. This is night icefishing at it’s best. Walleye “go on the hunt” each evening leaving the depths and coming up more shallow to chase schools of baitfish. Set up you traps in 4-10 feet of water near weedlines and stay quiet! Noisy above the ice activity makes the “Wallys” skiddish.
Black pond in Middlefield will be a great place in central CT to icefish as it holds over Trout, Channel Cats, Crappie, Perch, LMB, and Pickerel as well as other species.
Free icefishing classes are available throughout the winter at places including CT Outfitters in Wethersfield. Check with the C.A.R.E. Website for specific class dates and locations: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=386682&deepNav_GID=1630%20
A request was made for all of the fall trout stocking locations (since Oct. 1) in one post–here they are, good luck! (sorted alphabetically by town)
West Hill Pond-Barkhamsted, New Hartford Yantic River TMA-Bozrah Cedar Lake-Chester… Day Pond -Colchester Salmon River -Colchester Salmon River TMA-Colchester West Branch Reservoir-Colebrook Mohawk Pond-Cornwall, Goshen Housatonic River, Upper TMA-Cornwall, Sharon Waumgumbaug Lake-Coventry Natchaug River Trout Park-Eastford Natchaug River-Eastford, Chaplin, Windham Crystal Lake -Ellington Mill River, TMA-Fairfield Tyler Pond-Goshen West Side Pond-Goshen Mianus River, TMA-Greenwich, Stamford Quonnipaug Lake -Guilford Mill River (Sleeping Giant SP)-Hamden Naugatuck River (TMA)-Harwinton, Litchfield Housatonic River, Bull’s Bridge (TMA)-Kent, Sherman, New Milford Wauregan Reservoir -Killingly Schreeder Pond -Killingworth Mt. Tom Pond-Litchfield, Washington Rogers Lake -Lyme, Old Lyme Hammonasset River -Madison Hammonasset River TMA-Madison, Killingworth Black Pond-Middlefield, Meriden Great Hollow Pond-Monroe Long Pond-N. Stonington, Ledyard Squantz Pond-New Fairfield, Sherman East Aspetuck River -New Milford, New Preston Mohegan Park Pond -Norwich Moosup River TMA-Plainfield Amos Lake-Preston Gardner Lake -Salem, Bozrah East Twin Lake-Salisbury Willimantic River TMA-Tolland, Willington Stillwater Pond-Torrington Bigelow Pond-Union Mashapaug Lake-Union Valley Falls Park Pond-Vernon Beach Pond-Voluntown Wharton Brook Pond-Wallingford Naugatuck River (Lower) Waterbury – Beacon Falls Black Rock Pond-Watertown Saugatuck River (Fly)-Wesport Highland Lake-Winchester Shetucket River-Windham, Scotland, Sprague Pomperaug River-Woodbury, Southbury Black Pond-Woodstock
Connecticut Inland Fishing opportunities abound in December!
Fishable Ice would be nice, but the number of fishable-ice days in December are fewer in recent years, and very generally speaking, restricted to high elevation, protected, and shallow bodies of water. There are a few Hardwater Anglers out on CT ice in December most years, but many may wait for the reliably thicker ice of January. You might be lucky enough to drill a few hole in CT in December this year! But in the case we Don’t get safe ice set before the new year, here are some great open water options:
Most notables include the Broodstock Salmon introduced into both the Shetucket and Naugatuck Rivers. These fish regularly range in the 8-10lb range. A Broodstock Salmon may be kept one per angler per day after December 1st. Try changing the hooks out on a deep diving Rapala or an Eppinger Daredevil for some great winter fishing (only lures with a single, free-swinging hook are allowable).
C&R Trout fishing will continue to be excellent along the upper Farmington River for those who brave the cold. After September 1, the Farmy is strictly C&R. Browns, Bows and even Tiger Trout will keep anglers busy throughout the winter. Try Mummy Worms, Waxies, and Mealies bouncing the bottom in the riffles!
Northern Pike will remain active and hungry in December. Fishing large chunks of Herring just off the bottom outside of weedlines, or drifting a live pondie or fallfish under a bobber will be a good way to entice mr. Pikey to bite.
Small Mouth and Large Mouth bass will react to much slower presentations in December but remain realistically catchable.
Crappie in and around the coves and ponds the aren’t yet frozen will produce lots of great action too. Try small or pinhead Arkansas shiners tipped onto a light jighead of Chartreuse, glow, or pink.
Land Locked Channel cats stocked out by the DEEP have mostly congregated up into massive schools in the deeps by December. Getting on top of one of these “cat-herds” is great fun with simple Night Crawler or chunk baits. These stocked fish are averaging 3-4 lbs in many waters now since the stocking began in 200? There is no size or daily keeping limit on these fish in 2014 and they are great eating rolled in cornmeal, fried and hit with Cajun Aioli! Les Bon Temps Roule mon Amis!
Central CT Inland waters are providing for some excellent opportunities again this early November! CT’s famed “Hub Cap Sized” Black Crappie have put the feedbag on in places like Roger’s, Hogback, Lake McDonough, and Mansfield.
The CT river is active with a strong PIKE Bite. Spinner baits with big ugly trailers, Slash baits, and Live lining pondies and Dace in and around the Salmon river cove, Hartford Trash to energy plant, Marinas, Chapman’s pond, and the back of Gilder sleeve island. Pike a plenty where the Mattabesset hit the Coginchaug too.
Smallmouth fishing reports as good above Hartford, Windsor, Thompsonville.
Trout fishing on the upper Farmy has been excellent for those who go…meaning there is lots of open space on the banks for you! Too many anglers hang up the trout gear. The CT DEEP does a great fall stocking and this year is no exception.
Carp have also found a renewed spirit for eating tons this fall! Young John S of Wethersfield landed a PB (personal Best) followed by another PB in one night session his week, a 27.4 and a 30lber! Baley, Adam and company have been killing the numbers around CT too, as well as many other more seasoned carp guys . Carp angling today is not your father’s un-sport. Today, Carp Angling represents the best and most consistent opportunity to put a 20 plus pounder on the business end of your line in fresh water that exists.
Trolling in Crystal Lake for big land-locked salmon, or just jigging shiners down deep out there have produced a few memorable Salmonids this past week too.
PLENTY of opportunity, all you have to do it go!
Pike fishing continues to be hot around the CT River. Large Arkansas Shiners under 3-4” Bobbers tossed in around cover seems to be working out very well for many Pike Hunters. Also we’re seeing a lot of catches on the Sebile Magic Swimmers.
We also see a few Walleyes being landed from the CT River around Hartford while fishing for pike & smallmouth.
Carp Fishing has also been good to excellent, with more than a normal number of fish (Both common and Mirror) over 30 pounds landed. CT River, Union Pond, and Batterson are producing.
A day long Sunday session at Hubbard Park in Meriden however, produced only a few chew and screws. Pineapple Boilies continue to be very popular.
Trout fishing has been excellent in the Farmy with many anglers landing multiple trout species in a single day. The fall stocking by the CT DEEP has been completed and it looks like they have done another splendid job.
Crappie fishermen are beginning the fall freezer stocking. The bait of choice are small, or pin-head Arkansas shiners tipped onto a ¼ oz or smaller jig head. Road Runners and marabou.
We are hearing a lot of buzz from the Lower Housatonic River, as each year a large number of Striped Bass Station themselves around the mouth for a winter hiatus. These fish, while not overly aggressive, can be caught on Jig heads dressed with a soft plastic (Pearl White) Zoom Super Fluke, of Houdini Shad. Guys are having 50-80 fish sessions out in the Housey.
The phone is ringing regularly now with “When are you putting out your ice equipment?”…..A guy’s got an itch!
Pike fishing is beginning to heat up in the CT river as water temps cool. 38 & 40” landings are reported this week in Hartford and Windsor.
LMB reports are still a little thin, with few fish being caught and no fish of remarkable size recently.
Smallie fishing is also heating up in the ct river with Keitech Swing Impact and Zoom Super Flukes on jigheads retrieved over holes in the channel above Hartford working well.
Catfishing is hot in Wethersfield cove, around the Putnam Bridge, and also at black Pond in Meriden.
Hickory shad have made their annual fall appearance in Wethersfield this week, with many anglers loading up on this great striper bait using willow leaves and Sabiki rigs.
Fall Trout stocking has taken place and there is a strong resurgence of trout seekers this week. River flows remain a little low despite the recent rainfall, but the regular holes hold plenty of opportunity along the Hockanum, the Farmington, the Salmon, Jeremy, and Black ledge. Try Cleopatra Mummy worms, or Mealworms on size 10 hooks with a single split shot 3-4 feet up the leader tossed into the riffles for some great browns and bows.
And remember, Don’t Just Sit There, GET OUT!
CT DEEP 2014
FISHING REPORT NUMBER 16
fishing is generally fair to good, with night fishing in full swing and producing fish for anglers (try black jitterbugs and surface poppers). Places to try include Highland Lake, Lake McDonough, Black Pond (Woodstock), Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Beach Pond, Lake of Isles, Bantam Lake, Quinebaug Pond, Mashapaug Lake, East Twin Lake, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Wononskopomuc, Rogers Lake, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Lake Hayward, Congamond Lakes, Dog Pond, Crystal Lake, Ball Pond, Hatch Pond, Halls Pond, Lake Williams, Twin Brooks Park Pond, Park Pond, Burr Pond, Lower Bolton Lake, Stillwater Pond, Mudge Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Pachaug Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Bishop Swamp, Red Cedar Lake, Winchester Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Moodus Reservoir and Bashan Lake. Tournament angler reports are from Aspinook Pond (fair to good fishing, 4.3 lb lunker), Pachaug Pond (very good for one club, with great overall size – the average weight per fish was 2.5 lbs, with a 5.4 lb lunker), Powers Lake (only fair action, with a 3.2 lb lunker), Bantam Lake (good for some, miserable for others, 3.53 lb & 4.63 lb lunkers), Candlewood Lake (some, nothing over 3 lbs) and East Twin Lake (had to work for their fish, 3.9 lb lunker).
are reported at Shenipsit Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Candlewood Lake, Squantz Pond, Bantam Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Congamond Lakes, Highland Lake, Lake Zoar and Lake McDonough. Some action reported for river smallies from the Naugatuck River and Quinebaug River, and the upper Housatonic is again fishable. Tournament angler reports are from Candlewood Lake (good, including a 3.75 lb lunker), Bantam Lake (not bad for those targeting them) and Pachaug Pond (some 3-lb smallies caught).
fishing is reported to be good in Bantam Lake, Lake Lillinonah and Winchester Lake. Reports of a 15 lb plus pike recently hooked at Pachaug pond.
catches are reported from: Lake Saltonstall and Mashapaug Lake. a 32″ Walleye was caught by angler Tom G at night on a live eel on 8/3.
action (on small shiners) is reported in West Twin Lake, Park Pond and West Thompson Reservoir.
Summer catfish are being caught. Areas to try include Lakewood Lake (Waterbury), Lake Wintergreen, Batterson Park Pond, Black Pond (Middlefield) and Silver Lake (Meriden).
This season has been very good. Target the shallows with bobbers, worms or grubs. Small spinners and jigs have been very productive as well. Areas to try include: Winchester Lake (from the dam), West Side Pond (weed bed east side), Black Pond (Woodstock), Shenipsit Lake, Bishop Pond, Dog Pond (south of the boat launch), Quinebaug Lake, Schreeder Pond, Roseland Lake, State Line Pond, Griggs Pond, Billings Lake, Amos Lake, Halls Pond, Perry Pond, Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Morey Pond and Mono Pond.
RIVERS & STREAMS –
Trout fishing (and conditions) have been really variable this summer, with generally moderate temperatures but fluctuating flows. Delightful weather is in the forecast for this weekend, but stream flows remain a tale of two states, with flows in western CT generally well above typical summer levels and good for summer trout fishing, and flows in eastern CT well below typical levels and continuing to drop (see stream flow graphic on page 4). Terrestrial fly patterns are very important this time of the year and anglers are advised to include them in their offerings.
Farmington River -
Fishing was good last week and conditions should be good this weekend. Water temperatures are in the low 60’s°F in the morning (and rising some through the day) and West Branch flows remain moderate, currently 423 cfs at Riverton, with the Still river adding another 52 cfs. For these conditions it is recommended to use an 8.5 foot rod with a 6X 12 foot leader.
Ephemerella needhami (#22-26, mid morning), Leadwing Coachman (Isonychia bicolor, #12-14, fast water, evening), Blue Wing Olives (Drunella sps. #18 & Baetis sps.; #22-24, mid-late afternoon), Sulphurs duns (Epeorus vitreus, #16-18), Cahill (Stenonema ithaca, #12-14), Caddis (tan #16-18, all day; green #16-18, evening; summer pupa #18-20 morning), Midges (#22-28, morning), Black Ants (#14-18, mid day in fast water), Black Beetles (#12-16, mid day), Flying Ants (#18-22, mid day, when windy/humid), Stone Hopper (#8-12, mid day) and Golden Drake (Anthopotamus distinctus, #10-14, late evening) are successful patterns. Evening brings out a mixture of every bug on the water.
Housatonic River –
Conditions continue to improve for trout fishing this weekend as flows continue to drop to more fishable levels, currently 1,480 cfs at Falls Village and 1,910 cfs at Gaylordsville, and water temperatures remain moderate (upper 60’s °F mornings, rising to the low 70’s°F mid-day).
Hatches/patterns. The White Fly (#12-14,
Ephoron leukon) has reportedly just begun to get started. If you have never seen it you are in for a treat. This evening hatch gets going around 8:00 pm and must be seen to be believed. Snowing is the best single word to describe it. The feeding frenzy that results is amazing. Additional hatches include Blue Wing Olive larvae (#18-24, early morning; spinner fall in evening, mainly during overcast days), Light Cahill (#12-14, evening), (Isonychia bicolor, #10-12 has been active lately, fast water, evening) and Black caddis (#14-18, early morning & evening). Midges (#20-26) and stoneflies are found at tributary mouths. Golden stonefly nymphs (#6-14) hatch at first light and adults egg-lay after dark. Streamer patterns to try include White Zonkers, Wooly Buggers (#2-12), Muddlers (#4-8), Micky Finn, and Grey or Black Ghosts (#4-10).
LAKES & PONDS –
Anglers are finding some nice summer trout fishing in a number of lakes and ponds (remember that this time of year the small things make all the difference in fishing success). Places to try include Highland Lake (center basin), Colebrook Reservoir (6-7 colors near dam), Crystal Lake (target 20-25 feet), West Hill Pond, Mashapaug Lake and East Twin Lake (20-25 feet over 40 feet of water).
The river is on the turbid side, but comfortable for fishing/boating, with flows currently a bit higher than is typical for early August, making access into some areas easier than usual for mid-summer. Anglers are finding some
LARGEMOUTH BASS in the Hartford to Haddam stretch of river and in the coves along the river, but action has been fair at best. Some SMALLMOUTH BASS are being reported in the Enfield area on jigs & worms (also try wacky rigged Senko worms). For their size some anglers consider them the toughest fighting fish in our summer waters. CATFISH are being taken on cut bait and chicken liver. North of Hartford produced well last week with many fish being caught. An 11 lb plus cat was caught in the Enfield area. A 13 pound 1 ounce cat won the second annual greater Wethersfield Whisker Round-Up. CARP fishing on homemade baits continues to be productive from pre-bait areas. Fish have been caught in the lower river.
The fourth of July Holiday weekend always provides a few challenges mixed in with plenty of opportunity! This year is shaping up to be no different. There is an Atlantic storm system down in the Carolinas that should only bring us wind and chop, but no rain. Looks like its gonna be a great fishing weekend!
Inland fishing has been good to excellent for LMB, Pike, and smallies all along the central waterways of CT. Black Pond, Moodus, Lower Bolton, Lake Coventry, and Mansfield all giving up great LMB’s. Trout fishing has been good in the Farmington below the first dam/Riverton, and below the Collinsville dam section. Live bait including medium Arkansas Shiners, and Lively Canadian Night Crawlers always do the trick. Olive Wooly Buggers and Blue Wing Olive flys have taken many trophies as well in the last week.
The Salmon river has been fishing very well for most with huge beautiful Browns and Bows in the mix.
There is a shortage in Arkansas of bigger baits. The larget shiners coming out of the swamps of Arkansas are “Medium” Grade. No larger sizes exist.
Catfishing has been heating up in Wethersfield cove, and in Black Pond in Meriden. Remember cats eat best at night, so plan an overnighter for best success.
Carping in Central CT took a long while to get started this season, mostly due to water temps. At this point, Carp fishing is excellent with many of our customers beating their PB’s for Carp. The store is freshly loaded with the brand new flavors of K-1 Carp baits.
Crappie fishermen have been very pleased with the haul of Dinner plate sized Crappies. Maribou crappie jigs tipped with the smallest pinhead shiner will be your winning presentation. These delectable filets cook very quickly in browned butter and only need a small squirt of lemon and salt! Try Lake Macdonough, or Mansfield hollow for huge crappie.
Long Island Sound Live Bait: EELS are in great supply and very healthy & Active! The Sitch in Maine for Sandworm digging is hurting. The worms are mostly small which is a huge deficit considering how excellent they were last week… SO getting a dozen sandworms to catch Porgy for bass is far preferable than trying to get a striper on one of this weeks sandworms. UPDATE: THURSDAY SANDWORM DELIVERY WAS MUCH IMPROVED FROM TWO DAYS AGO, SO WE HAVE A GOOD SUPPLY OF NICE WORMS FOR THE WEEKEND.
Stripers have been getting caught this season on huge local squid in big numbers. And the fluke fishing, when and where its great, is mostly on these massive local squid we’ve got in the freezer. Here is sully with a bruiser he and his dad got on live eels from CTO!
The bunker supply in LIS is great again this season and snagging or netting yourself enough bait is worth the effort.
Hickory shad are in the mix already! These big profile baits are renowned for getting lock-jaw stripers to bite. Catch them with small Kastmasters and Sabiki rigs in the early morning hours before dawn breaks full.
So live lining live bait, or adding a sinker for 3-way presentation seems to be the ticket. Slinging Eels after dark is also a great live bait technique getting some action this season.
The tube and Worm crowd, as always, report their share of trolling success for striped bass in LIS, and the4 Mouth of the Thames in Norwich. There is a ton of bunker there too.
Fluking is going alright for many anglers this season with a better than last year ratio of shorts to keepers with many of the bigger flats coming on big local squid. There will always be a mix of Spiny Dogfish in the mix as well.
Black seabass population is on the rise, and the catching has been great. Use Squids or smelts on vertical Jigs for big bruiser Seabass.
Not hearing of anyone Blackfishing much.
The Blue Crab Population just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year and this season is no exception. Expect Huge takes of Blue Crabs all summer long!
This week saw spring temperatures finally here, and its almost summer….. CT River running at just above normal height with water temperatures in the mid 60′s.
Many CT River anglers having good successes with Stripers in the very wee early hours of the day with big wooden plugs, like Lloyds or Gibbs on top. Yellow/red or white/pink seem to be great colors before the sun actually hits the water.
The sandworm and chunking crowd continue to have stripers on the hook in the usual places like east Hartford, Cromwell point, Glastonbury ferry, and the mouth of Wethersfield cove. Even with their high price, bloodworms are very popular as a river bait this year, more so than in years past.
With Spring so late, and temperatures still very well below normal, we expect the stripers to stay around the river as long as the bait does, which is late this year. Spawning is triggered by water temps and the spawn was late too. Don’t be surprised if there are still keeper stripers coming out of the CT River near Hartford into late June this year.
Tiger trout are in good supply in the Salmon river this past week,
with several confirmed catches. The Farmy is fishing very well with a lot of Bows and Browns being taken in the west branch and sections near Collinsville. All in all, the trout fishing all spring was well worth the effort for anglers, as the DEEP has done a real good job with stocking schedule this spring.
Billy S and pals landed this rare Mirror Carp last week North of Enfield. Nice specimen guys!
Pike seem to be liking the cooler temps and many aggressive fish are being landed in and around Hartford as BY-Catch to striper fishing. Wethersfield cove has been BOILING with Herring & Alewives. The lower farmy has been packed with Shad right up to the Rainbow reservoir.
Sandworms and frozen Atlantic herring are the choice for most of our customers this wekk, heading to the river or to L.I.S., Porgy fishing is starting to turn on. Fluke reports have been soft with a lot more shorts than keepers. The fish seem to be in 20-30 feet of water now rather than deeper.
No sign of blues yet but don’t worry, everything is running behind.
Central CT waters are slowly warming with a top water striper bite just starting this week north of Harford. Slow swimmer plugs in yellow/red and Pink/white are producing exciting hits in the early morning hours on the CT and Farmington rivers. The Lower Farmington between the CT and Rainbow dam is nose-to-tail chocked full of American Shad, herring and Alewife. This week saw the stocking of many inland waterways including the Salmon river which gave up a 2lb 1 oz Tiger Trout to Paul N of East Hartford. One lucky angler landed a Sea Run Brown this week near the Scantic river. Brandon P continues to hammer stripers on big yellow wood surface plugs under some bridge north of Hartford, from shore in the morning wee-hours.
FW Bass are hitting the beds making for great sight fishing. These fish are really aggressive while on beds and will hit at just about anything thrown at them, from shore or from the deck of your favorite watercraft. The 1860 resevioir in Wethersfield holds a 6pound 8 oz LMB that was caught, weighed and released this week from shore by Tony M.
Carp Fishing is heating up as water temps finally rise to active levels. Justin S has been doing very well in the CT and Hockanum rivers, and a group of young kids with their dad landed 6 Common Carp in an hour and a half in lake lillinonah this week.
The Mattabessett below Cromwell continues to give up beautifully colored pike, spinner baits and X-Raps in Chartreuse and Pink Pearl.
Wethersfield Cove is still boiling with herring and the U.S. fish and wildlife service has been electroshock-harvesting for relocation to smaller streams north of CT in attempts to re-establish a healthy population.
Trout fishing has been good to excellent in the roaring brook in Glastonbury, downstream from Eastbury and above rt 17.
Hearing more WEAKFISH reports than in many years. These soft-mouthed swimmers are targeted byu some, but many of the catches are to those hunting stripers in the sound from shore around hammonassett.
Fluke fishing is heating up as of the season opener the 17th, John D nailed a 10 lb doormat off Clinton on the opener. Huge Squid in LIS this season.
Porgy fishing is getting off to a great start with very large hub caps coming over the rail with regularity on many boats from Niantic. The shore bite is doing alright too for those hitting Goshen Point from Harkness State Park.