CT Fishing Report: 5.11.12

A beautiful 30 inch walleye from Saugatuck Reservoir. Photo/CT Fish and Wildlife

The following information was taken from the CT-DEEP report issued by Lori Hawksley for the week of May 11, 2012.

Freshwater

Rivers & Streams

  • Trout fishing last week was generally good, with reports from the West Branch Farmington (very good), Farmington River, Salmon River, Eightmile River, Pine Brook, Natchaug River (fishing has picked up here), Coginchaug River, Mill River (Hamden), Pequonnock River (18 trout for one angler), Bantam River, and Housatonic River (very good last weekend).
  • Farmington River: Fishing has been good and conditions for fishing should be great this weekend. Nice weather is forecast, more trout were stocked this week, and flows are clearing and moderate.
  • Housatonic River: Fishing has been very good and conditions should be good this weekend. Flows were again refreshed with rain this week and are back at more typical levels.
  • Rivers and streams stocking update. Maps of all of the state’s trout streams and rivers showing the many stocking and access points are now available online at www.ct.gov/deep/troutstockingmaps. Note that stocking schedules are subject to change.

Lakes & Ponds

  • Fair to good reports from Candlewood Lake (good action in the Danbury area, tougher farther north in the lake), Squantz Pond (good), Lake McDonough (good), West Hill Pond (good), Highland Lake, Beach Pond (fair), Long Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, East Twin Lake, Crystal Lake (Ellington, have to work for your catches, early to 9:00 am best), Bigelow Pond, Mount Tom Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mashapaug Lake and Quonnipaug Lake. Try trolling your favorite lures at 5-7 colors at 15-20’.
  • Largemouth fishing has been ranging from fair to good. Best reports are from Bashan Lake (very good, but tough to launch at), Ball Pond, Lake McDonough (recent catches include a 6.2 lb. largemouth), Lake Saltonstall, Lake Wononskopomuc (13 for 2 anglers) and Breakneck Pond, and fair reports from Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Quaddick Reservoir, Lake Lillinonah (recent catches include a 5.6 lb. largemouth), Breakneck Pond, Amos Lake, Lake Housatonic, Candlewood Lake, Highland Lake, Lower Bolton Lake, Moodus Reservoir (mostly 12-14” males, but recent catches include a 6.4 lb. largemouth) and Pachaug Pond (on the tough side, catches include a 5.6 lb. largemouth). Several adventurous anglers have found bass in the Mattabasett River and the Bantam River.
  • Smallmouth fishing is also variable, with good reports from Lake McDonough and Candlewood Lake (although a bit tough over the weekend) and fair reports from Lake Lillinonah (catches include several 3 lb. plus smallies), Squantz Pond and Highland Lake. Some river smallies have been caught in the Natchaug River and Quinnipiac River.
  • Pike are reported from Bantam Lake, Bantam River, Quaddick Reservoir and Mansfield Hollow Reservoir (reports of a 20 lb. plus pike caught-and-released).
  • Carp: Good reports from Lake Lillinonah (catches include a 27 lb. fish and many in the 10-20 lb. range, on corn) and Batterson Park Pond (catches include one monster over 38 lbs, plus 23, 26.3, 31.4 lb. fish) this past week.

Connecticut River

  • Recent rains have increased flows to more typical spring levels. The river is reportedly also more turbid, with a few trees moving downstream. Striped bass are throughout the river, both school size (16-25”) fish and keepers, but fishing, especially for keepers has been variable (from really good to tough and back again). Sand & bloodworms, and big plastic baits like 9” Houdini Shad, 7” Bombers and swim baits work. Warmer weather over the weekend picked up the shad run again. Good numbers of roe being caught at the Bissell Bridge area last week, more bucks now. Anglers are reminded that the only legal method of harvesting is angling. Largemouth bass are being found in warmer coves, catches include a 5.9 lb fish. Spotty action reported for pike, catches include a 9.1 lb. 31” beauty. Catfish are providing some action in the Hartford to Middletown area. Sandworms or cut bait are catching fish.

Saltwater

  • Striped Bass: Fishing is fair to good at the reefs off Watch Hill and the eastern tip of Fishers Island, lower Pawcatuck River, the Race, Plum Gut, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, lower Connecticut River (DEP fishing pier) and along Great Island, Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, Thimble Islands to the Branford Reefs, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River (up to the Derby Dam), Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. The following baits and gear that have been working well include live eels or bunker (Atlantic menhaden), fresh cut bunker or mackerel, and whole sand or blood worms on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs and bouncing three way bucktail or soft bodied jigs off the bottom.
  • Bluefish: Overall on the slow side. Choppers are mostly small (4-6 lbs). Fishing spots include the Race, Millstone outflow, Plum Gut including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Bridgeport Harbor, and the Norwalk Islands.
  • Winter Flounder: Fair to good. Flounder spots include the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area, Niantic River, mouth of the Connecticut River by the east breakwater (on a flood tide), and Westport to Norwalk. Heavy chumming is a must!
  • Scup: Opened May 1. Fishing the local reefs is on the slow side for scup.
  • Tautog (blackfish): Season closed.

For Current Connecticut Recreational Fishing Regulations: Anglers should consult the new 2012 Connecticut Anglers Guide, available at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing .

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