Saltwater/Tidal River Report
Locally the striped bass fishing is picking up but still not many bigger fish in the area, other than the one to the right that Colton and I landed while trolling tubes near Milford, CT. We are getting bass up to 38 inches on regular basis if you are willing to troll tube and worm or fish live eels....oddly these fish are sick of seeing bunker as they refuse to hit a live lined bunker on most occasions! Flies and plastics are working well for schoolie sized bass on up to 30 inches so that is where most of the fun is along with a good amount of small to large bluefish throughout the Milford to Norwalk area. Bottom fishing has been slow for everything but Porgy, which they are getting quite big now! Fluke season closes on the 20th but sea bass should start moving again after recently spawning. They will be very aggressive fattening up for winter! False albacore are getting thicker along the RI beaches and Montauk so they can arrive in our waters any day now, fingers crossed for another great year of casting to these speed demons!
Freshwater Report -
Trout fishing in the Farmington continues to be good, the Housatonic is a good shot at smallmouth fishing as the white fly hatch starts in early August and this is night fishing essentially but you can tie into some really nice smallies in the Cornwall area. Trout sanctuaries where small streams enter the river are closed until the middle of September as the Housy runs very warm compared to other streams in our area.
Don't overlook some great pike fishing to be had on Lillinonah and Bantam, both of these lakes hold monstrous pike as well as Zoar too!
A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!
Interested in Fly Casting instruction for fresh or salt water? Captain Chris Elser is a certified casting instructor and will be offering lessons and instruction throughout the season. Take advantage of one-on-one personalized instruction at any location that is convenient for you! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound.
Captain Chris Elser has been writing the Western Long Island Sound fishing reports since April of 2006, you will surely get detailed information on fishing for Stripers, Bluefish, False Albacore and more! Pick up the new isue for the latest info!
Heather above with a 52.5 inch striper taken on a red tube and gulp imitation sandworm trolled up on light tackle with a Lamiglas Tri-Flex conventional and Avet MXL reel!
A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.
This false albacore was 6 oz. from being a state record at just over 14lbs. and was caught on Sept. 29, 2009 near Milford, CT. It was my personal best fat albert! Let's hope they stack in tight again!
Bonito can be expected in August, it was an epic year in 2009.
My big fly rod fish above was taken July of 2009 on a 15 inch all black spun deer hair pattern tied by Peter Viviano, Jr. - check out all of his selection at www.fishflyes.co
A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!
A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!
The new rig is finally home - well new to us anyway!
This boat is well kept 2005 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in almost any conditions.
Always take the time to take a kid fishing, nothing like getting kids outdoors and away from all of the electronic distractions these days....enjoy the outdoors and please respect your environent!
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