April 2014

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Well the herring run is just getting under way on the tidal streams and with plenty of holdover stripers there is plenty of action to be had! Crank baits, sluggos and flies fishing on deep sinking lines are the way to get into the action as the weather finally should warm up as we head into the final days of the month. Right now most of the action will be in the northern part of the Housatonic River but as the herring run matures we will see fish throughout and also see fish spreading into the coastal waters of Long Island Sound.

Freshwater Report -

Opening day is just around the corner for all the trout fisherman but there will be plenty of opportunities for anglers to enjoy fishing for trout starting late in March when many of our local TMA's get stocked and are open to catch and release fishing throughout the year.

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 winter months. Take advantage of one-on-one personalized instruction at any location that is convenient for you, even your own home! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound or inland lakes for trout and smallmouth bass.

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!

Sweet....my daughter and I found these beautiful wild brook trout right on our property in a tiny trickle where they continue to survive through floods and drought conditions.

October 2009 - Mark and Jared with their largest striper ever...45 inches and almost 37lbs! Caught within 50 feet of shore near Milford....sweeeeeet!

October 2009 - I got Dan into this zebra of a bass today, it was over 43 inches long and we fished very shallow water near the Milford area...nice fish Dan!

Another late September father and son team fish in the 30lb. range.

These 3 boys had the time of their life catching Gorilla blues near shore on a very sporty day of seas!

Heather above with a 40+ pound striper taken the day after her brother landed the 50 pounder! She did land a bigger fish but I had to hold it up for her!

CJ Elser, with a personal best 50+ pound striper!

July - Curt Gowdy, Jr., above, with a sweet 25 lb. striper taken near mid day on July 6th. He also landed many 10+ lb. bluefish using grain lines and a 10 wt. fly rod...great fishing to end the day today Curt!

May - This was an epic day on the western LI Sound folks...we had 8 fish over 30lbs. in less than 3 hours live lining bunker in the Bridgeport area. The fish in the photo was by far not the largest but did not survive so I had a nice photo op before making dinner for 8 from her fillets! The largest fish was 48 inches and well over 40lbs. and I did not see a fish under 30....VERY memorable for this neck of the woods my friends.

A little shy for the camera with a 40+ inch bass near Stratford taken on a bunker chunk!

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!

My son CJ with a fat 44lb. striper taken on July 18, 2009...we had about 10 this size in less than 3 hours!

Heather Elser shows off a sweet 43 inch striper taken in shallow water the first week of September, there were many more keepers and big bluefish as well and all within a stone's throw from shore!

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!

CJ and Justine with a 48 inch bass taken July 22.

July 23 - Heather with another 40+ lb. striper.


May 8, 2012 - Jerry with a another nice bow...one of at least 6 or 7!


May 8, 2012 – A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.


"IP" Gregory with a fine wild brown trout he caught on our outing near my home in Southbury, CT...what a great day of catching and catching up!


May 8, 2012 – A perfect wild brown taken on a size 16 prince nymph yesterday, there were several more!

Captain Elser with a nice looking Atlantic Salmon taken in the Naugatuck River swinging a traditional salmon fly.

Phil holding a Naugy Salmon

Jerry "IP" Gregory the Salmon Master with a CT implant taken by traditional methods swingin a fly on a 7wt. and floating line.

July 24, 2010 - CJ Elser with a 40 lb. striper taken on the South Shore of Block Island, this fish put up an intense battle in less than 15 feet of water...can it get any better?

July 28, 2011 - I actually took the liberty to land one myself on that epic day...but we had over 30 bass between 35-62lbs. in 5 days!!

Kurt and Len with dinner at the end of the day!

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

October 24, 2011- A 2nd 30lb. b'day cow...wtg Shane

September 25, 2011- Shane with a 10 lb. false albacore off of Milford, CT.


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November 17, 2013 - Phil with a 10+ lb. brown trout taken from a small creek in upstate New York.

November 17, 2013 - Another 10lb. class brown trout on the same day!

October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad got to experience some of the finest Western Sound fishing all year with several 35+ inch bass and bluefish as well as some light tackle action.

October 30, 2013 - Mike with a sweet 22lb. bass taken off of Milford, CT live lining bunker!

October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad with a pair of fat Stripers on a beautiful late October afternoon.

Heather Elser with a nice block bass

The Captain with a 44 inch Block Island Striper.

June, 2013 - Mike with his first good striper of the season!

June, 2013 - Haas with brace of nice bass taken on live eels in very close to shore.

June, 2013 - Rick and I had a great day on banker's hours off of Milford, about a dozen in the 15-20 lb. range.

June 9, 2013 - Pete Viviano with a really nice striper taken within a stone's throw of shore.

June 5, 2013 - Evan and his Dad Ryan above with a few fat stripers caught on live bunker off of Milford, CT.

June 2, 2013 - I found this near 30lb. bass in less than 5 feet of water and she could not refuse a live bunker swimming with a 9/0 under it's tail!

May 27, 2013 - My son CJ with a nice shallow water striper taken on fresh bunker near Milford, CT.

April 2013 - Peter Viviano Sr. with a sweet fly rod caught Housy striper and the best part his clouser was tied by his favorite tyer...the one and only Pete V. Jr :-)

April 27, 2013 - Steve with a 30" striper taken on an Xrap in less than 8 feet of water 5 miles up the Housatonic River.

April 27, 2013 - Peter Viviano, Sr. sticking it to a Housatonic River striper near the mouth of the river.

Pete V with a nice Housy spring bass on one of his signature "Yak" herring patterns - check out his fly selection at FishFlyes!

April 2013 - This 24 inch rainbow fell for a size 16 emerger!

April 8, 2013 - Phil with a fat rainbow trout released while we were fishing Lake Lillinonah at mid day!

November 2012 - Curt Gowdy with a 34" inch striper taken off of Stratford CT.

October, 2012 – Rick with a 40 inch early migrator

October, 2012- Big bass on the way folks!

August 26, 2012 – Gator blues are here in force

July, 2012, a Block Island Cow caught by Heather Elser in tight to shore, we had several stripers between 40-58lbs. during our annual family trip!

July, 2012, headed a little east of West Haven for this 32# bass my daughter landed.

June 24, 2012, a cow at a different angle!

June 23, 2012- a good size western sound bass caught tight to shore - courtesy of the Capt.

March 2012 – Captain Elser above with a typical 26 inch resident housy striper.

40lb. bass like the one above stacked up nicely in the Milford and Stratford area in October and early November....the fall run! Congrats to Lewis on this 47" Cow!

Alec and Lewis with another Cow - October 23, 2011

October 24, 2011- Shane treated himself to a cow hunt for his birthday and succeeded witha fat 44" bass at 30+ lbs. taken at spot X near Stratford!