FISHING REPORT The summer heat has been altering the fisheries both in Long Island Sound and the inland waterways. Fish have two options to avoid the heat and sun. They can migrate to deeper water or wait to feed in the evening and right at dawn. Anglers must alter their tactics accordingly to intercept the summer striped bass, largemouth bass and trout.
Striped bass fishing has separated into two classes — nearshore and offshore. The nearshore anglers are catching plenty of sub-legal bass. These schoolies are fun to catch on light tackle, but remember the size minimum is 28 -inches. The Fort Hale fishing pier, West Haven Sandbar, Gulf Beach, the state boat launching ramp on the Housatonic River, the fishing pier at the Dock Shopping Center, Bonds Dock, Short Beach, the western end of Seaside Park, the St. Mary’s Seawall, Penfield Reef and Sherwood Island are giving up good numbers of short stripers, along with an occasional keeper.
Bigger bass are more offshore near Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, Duck Island, the mouth of Branford Harbor, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, south of Charles Island, the perimeter of the Stratford Shoal, Buoy 28C, around Sheffield Island and the Cows off Stamford. Al Rosenthal of Shelton stopped by Ted’s Bait & Tackle last week with a 39-inch, 20-pound, 8-ounce striped bass. He caught the fish on a fresh bunker chunk off the Port 5 dock in Bridgeport.
The state Department of Environmental Protection reported that anglers and boaters are seeing many dead striped bass in the Connecticut River. These fish appeared to have died from the stress brought on by rising water temperatures and lengthy angling battles. To minimize stress to any catch-and-release release fish, shorten the amount of time you spend playing and handling fish. Also, use circle or barbless hooks.
Fluke action is still slow, but improving in New Haven Harbor, off Penfield Reef
FRANK MCKANE JR.