DEEP May 22, 2014 Weekly Fishing Report
The river has dropped and cleared some since Monday, although still turbid with some debris, and is back near typical mid-May levels (with some rain in the forecast before the weekend, flows may again increase). STRIPED BASS are well into the river with many legal fish being caught. Artificial lures and bait
are producing well. Spawning bait fish are attracting fish with sightings being observed by anglers. AMERICAN SHAD are being reported in the river up to the Holyoke area. Over 155,000 shad were passed upstream at the Holyoke (MA) fish lift this past week. Prior to last week, only 6,000 had been passed. Fishing for them this year has been hit or miss due to river conditions. Water temperatures are still on the low side for them but they are moving. SMALLMOUTH BASS are being caught in the upper
river. This will get better as water temperatures increase. CATFISH are consistently being caught on cut bait. NORTHERN PIKE are reported in the Haddam Meadows to Middletown area and in Wethersfield Cove.
STRIPED BASS fishing is picking up after the “Flower” Full Moon this month. Early morning (before/during sunrise) has been the most productive for large cow bass. The usual areas include the
Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, Faulkner’s Island, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, east of Milford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Live lining bunker, hickory shad, eels, scup or using fresh cut bait on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs will work for “Cow” bass. Tube jigs/worms in bubblegum or pink has also been productive for “keeper” linesiders. Adult menhaden (Bunker) now occur in the lower rivers throughout the sound and is an excellent live bait choice.
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