March-April 2024

Right now we are starting to aim our angling efforts at trout, pike and smallmouth bass in our local streams and lakes.

Freshwater Report -

The Farmington River is fishing well again after a few cold spells and some high waters to navigate. You can find some BWOs on the water on warmer days but nymphing is the best producer for the time being. Slow is the way to go until the water warms up!

Most local streams are being stocked by the first week of March so there will be plenty opportunities to break out the fly rod. The usual wooly buggers and black ghost streamers are all you need to trigger a strike from recently stocked trout.

A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!

A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!


A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.

Colton above with one of many big stripers trolling tubes!

August - Colton holding a few of many Spanish Mackerel we caught during their assault on spearing anywhere from Milford to Fairfield, this was the best showing we have ever season for these tasty and fun fish to catch!

Above Colton and Hunter are holding some excellent table fare, the sea bass fishing is excellent right now in the middle of June and will continue to improve throughout the summer and into fall!

It's amazing the volume of small baits, silversides, peanut bunker and snapper blues, that are all in large numbers already in the western LI Sound, this is about a month early but we'll take it! Blitzing schoolie bass near New Haven, West Haven and Milford as well as the North Shore of LI have also been occuring which is way ahead of schedule...aaaaand once again zero complaints and I would not be at all surprised to see bonito in our waters in catchable numbers by the 2nd week of August...mark you calendars :-)

Tube and worm is still producing big stripers on structure and boulder fields, these fish can be caught mid day as they are typically sulking after feeding during the evening hours...a cow bass just cannot resist smacking a tube and worm rig even when her belly is full!

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!

Tight Lines!

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!

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!


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

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 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in any conditions.

Colton with his PB Smallmouth bass caught in Roxbury, CT

Bonito, above, used to be a regular catch throughout the western sound...let's hope they make a return September of 2023! Not only are they great fighters but amazing table are the Spanish Mackerel!

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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Curt, above, with a nice October fat albert in, they were locked into micro-baits but we solved the puzzle!

Captain Elser with a typical false albacore landed of of Stratford, CT in September and October.

Captain Elser with a Spanish Mackerel caught during their assault on our local waters last September 2022!

July - Heather with a chunky 47lb. linesider in some dense fog!

Captain Elser with a larger than average Spanish Mackerel during their assault on our local waters in August and September of 2020.


Big fly rod bass on an 18 inch eel pattern!

Nice fly rod bass for Colton!

TJ was happy after landing his first albie ever!

Hunter finally got to take the helm while Colton wasn't looking!

On the same day he started out with several 32-34" stripers as well, good start to the fall of 2017 fishing action!

A 40 lb. Striper for Mike near Stratford!

A 10 lb. fluke taken on a live snapper blue near Westport, CT

Colton is the bluefish master, winning 2nd placeand $7,500 in the annual WICC Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth contest! He missed out on the grand prize of $25,000 by less than 2 ounces!

Above Colton holding dinner for 6!

A gorgeous wild brook trout from a small local stream, we landed over a dozen without even using a hook...just a worm with a knot around it, the ultimate way to not harm them :-)

October - Future "sharpie" or I could almost classify 3 year old Colton as a sharpie already! Proud of my little grand sons!

August - Captain Elser with a 58lb. LI Sound cow bass that inhaled a 2lb. bunker in 10 feet of water!

July - CJ with another big bass