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Marine Fishing Report: 'Shore Fishing is at its Best'

DEEP's weekly fishing report for the Long Island Sound.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has released this week's marine fishing report. The following is an overview of that Sept. 14 report, which also includes information on inland waters. It is attached to this article.

Special Note from DEEP: Longer and cooler nights are triggering fish to put on the feedback before that fall migration really kicks in! Shore fishing is at its best now through October so don’t forget about hitting our coastal state parks for some quality marine fishing! Go to http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/ to find a fishing location near you!

BLUEFISH fishing is pretty awesome from 8-inch SNAPPERS to monster CHOPPERS chasing bunker schools. The tidal rivers are notorious for holding real large bluefish weighing in the teens and approaching 3 feet in length!

STRIPED BASS - To say the least, the bluefish are making it real tough for anglers targeting stripers. Fishing evening into night is your best chance to get into a linesider. Slinging live eels or bouncing bucktail jigs has been effective. Fishing spots include the usual locations: the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point including Niantic Bay, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, Falkner Island area, upper New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, the reefs around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing remains slow.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is good to excellent on the reefs!

BLACK SEA BASS fishing remains good but there are still a lot of throwbacks to deal with.

LITTLE TUNNY and ATLANTIC BONITO are buzzing around eastern LIS and the off major reefs mid sound.

BLUE CLAW CRABBING is at about peak but time may soon be running out.

Water Temps

Surface water temperatures in Long Island Sound are in the high 60s to the low 70’s°F. For more detailed water temperatures and marine boating conditions visit www.mysound.uconn.edu/stationstat.html or www.ndbc.noaa.gov.

Regulations & License Information

For current Connecticut recreational fishing regulations, anglers should consult the 2012 Connecticut Anglers Guide. Anglers can purchase their fishing licenses online at www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense or at participating town halls, DEEP field offices and fishing tackle vendors. Additional information can all be accessed on the DEEP website at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing.

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