LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is generally reported as good. Places to try include Mudge Pond, Mono Pond, Congamond Lakes, East Twin Lake, Highland Lake, Burr Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake, Hopeville Pond, Silver Lake, Batterson Park Pond, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Pachaug Pond, Billings Lake, Lake Saltonstall, Hatch Pond, Stillwater Pond, Ball Pond, Red Cedar Lake, West Hill Pond and Winchester Lake.
Tournament angler reports are from Bashan Lake (good fishing, with a 3.8 lb lunker but not many other fish over 2 lbs), Gardner Lake (very good action, with a 4.49 lb lunker), Glasgo Pond (tough fishing, with a 3.87 lb lunker but nothing else over 1.4 lbs), Long Pond (slow to fair, but with several 4 lb plus fish), Mashapaug Lake (good action, with a 3 lb lunker), Quaddick Lake (fair action), Candlewood Lake (slow to fair, with several fish over 4 lbs), Lake Lillinonah (fair), Bantam Lake (fair action, but lots of bigger fish, with an average weight of 2.44 lbs and 18 of the 46 fish caught weighing 3 lbs or more), Highland Lake (fair fishing, with 4.44, 3.88, 3.2 and 2.38 lb lunkers) and Lake Zoar (fair action).
SMALLMOUTH BASS are reported at Mashapaug Lake, Lake McDonough, Highland Lake, Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake, Coventry Lake and the Naugatuck River. Tournament angler reports are from Lake Lillinonah (good smallmouth fishing, 4.08 lb lunker), Bantam Lake (some catches, fish averaged over 2 lbs apiece), Highland Lake (some fish caught, with a 2.75 lb lunker), Lake Zoar (fair action), Candlewood Lake (good fishing, ), Gardner Lake (very few in the bags) and Mashapaug Lake (a few in the bags, biggest fish was 2.0 lbs).
NORTHERN PIKE fishing is reported to be good at Bantam Lake.
KOKANEE are being caught at East Twin Lake.
WALLEYE catches reported from Coventry Lake and Lake Saltonstall.
PANFISH fishing the shallows has been very productive and any local pond open to fishing near you will give you some action. Use worms, grubs and any type of inexpensive fishing pole or drop line and give these easy to catch fish a go. The kids love this non-stop action and it will keep them occupied for hours (Visit www.ct.gov/deep/CARE for the list of fishing classes near you). Larger water bodies to try include Bishop Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Silver Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Rogers Lake, Bantam Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Kenosia Lake, Park Pond and Dog Pond..
TROUT- RIVERS & STREAMS – Anglers can expect early summer fishing conditions to be downright excellent in many areas. There are plenty of trout left out there, comfortable weather is forecast for the weekend and flows are at typical levels for the first week of summer (see stream flow graphic on page 4) and very comfortable for fishing. Just about any method is putting fish in the net, with success being found on lures, flies, worms and corn/mealworm combinations. It’s “Major Hatch Time” with just about every bug on the water (remember that hatch times fluctuate with water temperature).
Good reports last week from the West Branch Farmington River, Farmington River (20 inch plus brown trout among the catches), Housatonic River, Blackberry River, Hammonasset River, East Aspetuck River, Quinnipiac River (20 inch plus rainbow trout), Willimantic River, Salmon Brook (12 trout for one busy angler), Shetucket River, Leadmine Brook, Pequonnock River, Hockanum River, Pequabuck River, Eightmile River, Tankerhoosen River and the Salmon River TMA.
Anglers are reminded that the thermal refuge areas on the Housatonic, Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers are closed to fishing beginning June 15. These areas will reopen on September 1. There is no fishing within 100 feet of the mouths of posted tributaries to these rivers.
Farmington River – Fishing has been very good and conditions should be great for the weekend, with clear, moderate flows (currently 304 cfs at Riverton with the Still River adding another 63 cfs). Water temperatures are in the low 50’s°F (mornings, upper TMA).
Hatches include Isonychia (#12-14), Vitreus [a.k.a. pale evening dun] #16, from 5:00pm to dark, Tan Caddis (#16-18) good all day, Sulfurs, (Invaria #16 hatches mid-day and Dorothea #16-18). Patterns include Light Cahill (#12-18), March Brown nymphs (#12-14, during the day), Gray Fox (#14, afternoon), Blue Quills (#16- 18), Blue Wing Olives (#18-20, mid-late afternoon), Caddis (tan #16-18, all day; green #22-26, evening), Midges (#20-32) and Pale Evening Duns (Epeorus vitreus #14-16, afternoon & early evenings). March Brown, Sulphur and Rusty Spinners are falling in the evenings.
FIND TROUT STOCKING MAPS ON OUR WEBSITE
Maps of all of the state’s trout streams and rivers showing the many stocking and access points are available online at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmaps
Housatonic River – Fishing has been very good and conditions should be good for the weekend. Morning water temperatures are in the upper 60’s°F, good weather and moderate temperature are in the forecast, and flows are currently clearing and very comfortable for fishing (748 cfs at Falls Village and 1,020 cfs at Gaylordsville).
Hatches/patterns. Major insect hatches are here and are providing excellent fly fishing. Alder/Zebra Caddis (#10-12) is underway and should last up to 4 weeksand will produce some great fishing (alder flies are very active during hot days). Additional bugs include the Sulphurs (#14-18, evening), Blue Wing Olive (#16-18, cloudy days, early morning; spinner fall in evening), Isonychia (#8-12 late afternoon & evening, just starting), Light Cahill (#14, evenings), Adams (#12-16, evening), March Brown (#10-12, afternoon) and Gray Foxes (#14-16). Black and Green caddis (#14-18, early morning & evening) are on the water and midges and early golden stoneflies (#6-10) are also being seen at tributary mouths.
TROUT-LAKES & PONDS – Trout fishing has been good. Places to try include East Twin Lake, Colebrook Reservoir (riggers at 20-23 feet), Highland Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Crystal Lake (7-8 colors), Lake Wononskopomuc, Stillwater Pond, Mohawk Pond, Beach Pond, Long Pond, West Hill Pond, Mount Tom Pond, Black Pond (Woodstock), Lake McDonough and Quonnipaug Lake. It’s big fish time! Big trout are often caught into mid June.
Flows have are currently back at typical early summer levels and very comfortable for fishing and boating, although still a bit turbid. Catches of STRIPED BASS have been reported from the lower river. Plenty of bunker around in the lower river, also try trolling tube & worm and casting soft plastics. WHITE PERCH are reported to be good in the lower river. LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing has been good in the coves from Middletown to East Haddam. Some nice reports from the river for NORTHERN PIKE last week.
REMINDER TO ANGLERS-
FISHING IN OR CASTING INTO PERMITTED SWIM AREAS IS PROHIBITED.
State regulations prohibit fishing in or into a swim area that’s been permitted by DEEP. Additionally, vessels cannot be operated within a permitted swim area, and there’s a 100 foot “no-wake” zone around the perimeter. Swim areas that have been permitted by DEEP will be marked by white buoys with orange markings, and there should be a permit number posted on the buoys. They may or may not have small orange barrier floats to further demarcate the area. Should questions arise concerning the validity of the swim area (no permit numbers or the area appears to have been changed/enlarged or keeps moving), please contact DEEP’s Boating Division at 860-434-8638.NOTES & NOTICES:
BESECK LAKE A 13 foot drawdown to facilitate dam repairs is ongoing.
COVENTRY LAKE. Triathlon training will be conducted from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Saturday, June 21. The course will run from Patriots Park to the island at the northwestern end of the lake. Boaters should use additional caution on the lake.
CONNECTICUT RIVER (Windsor). The “Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc.” will be conducting a meet to display and run boats and antique outboard motors at the Bissell Bridge state boat launch on the Connecticut River on Saturday, June 21, from 9 am to 4 pm. Although the event will be conducted from the state boat launch, room will be available to the general public to park and launch. Boaters should however use additional caution on the river near the launch.
MUDGE POND. The swim portion of a triathlon will be conducted from 8 am to 10 am on Saturday, June 21 in the northern end of the pond, with start and finish at the Sharon Town Beach.
MARINE FISHING REPORT
Surface water temperatures in Long Island Sound (LIS) range from the high 50’s to mid 60’s 0F. Check out the following web sites for more detailed water temperatures and marine boating conditions:
http://www.mysound.uconn.edu/stationstat.html http://marine.rutgers.edu/mrs/sat_data/?nothumbs=1 http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AN/330.html
BLACK SEA BASS fishing season opens this Saturday, June 21st. The minimum length limit is 13 inches and the daily possession limit is 3 fish per person in Connecticut waters only.
STRIPED BASS fishing has been best during pre-dawn hours and past dusk. There are a lot of bunker in LIS especially in the tidal rivers and harbors. Live lining bunker has been the choice bait for “cow” stripers. Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the Cows off Stamford.
BLUEFISH fishing has become more consistent with a mix bag of fish in the 3 to 9 lbs range. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS will harbor bluefish. Speed squidding diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three-way bottom rigs have all been effective.
SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing was sporadic over this past week with a lot of short “throwbacks” being reported. However, fluke “sharpies” still reported doormats up to 9 lbs! Fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson (NY).
SCUP (porgy) fishing remains fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS. HICKORY SHAD fishing remains fair to good in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the
DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor.
WEAKFISH fishing remains fair to good in New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point) over to Milford Point.
BLUE CRABS are active in the tidal creeks and rivers from East Lyme over to Westbrook.
To find a saltwater shore fishing spot close to where you live, go to the following website:
http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/. In addition, Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing sites and other fishing information including a site
map go to the following website http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/saltwaterfish/map.htm.