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INLAND REPORT

LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is reported as very good. Places where the largemouth are eager to bite include West Hill Pond, East Twin Lake, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Beseck Lake, Amos Lake, Beach Pond, Highland Lake, Seymour Reservoir #4, Crystal Lake, Mudge Pond, West Side Pond, Tyler Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Dog Pond, Hatch Pond, Park Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, Lake Saltonstall, Bishop Swamp, Winchester Lake, Congamond Lakes, Quinebaug Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Burr Pond, Griggs Pond, Anderson Pond, Billings Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Aspinook Pond, Babcock Pond, Pachaug Pond, Lake Hayward, Quonnipaug Lake, Rogers Lake and Stillwater Pond.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: Catches reported from Candlewood Lake, Housatonic River (Upper), Naugatuck River, Lake McDonough, Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah. Housatonic River smallmouth fishing has been good. Tournament angler reports are from Gardner Lake (a few caught), Candlewood Lake (slow to fair, 4.18 lb lunker), East Twin Lake (a couple of fish, 2.86 lb lunker), Lake Lillinonah (slow to fair), Pachaug Pond (a few in the bags), and the Connecticut river (fair, 3.9 lb lunker).

CARP fishing is good to very good in most locations. Favorites include; Batterson Park Pond, West Thompson Reservoir, Aspinook Pond, Lake Zoar, and the Connecticut River.

KOKANEE SALMON: Slow, with a few reports from East Twin Lake (early morning) and West Hill Pond (early night fishing with corn, south end).

NORTHERN PIKE: Slow last week with few reports (maybe everyone is fishing for bass?) Places to target these awesome fish include Bantam Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Connecticut River, and Pachaug Pond.

WALLEYE: Few reports and fishing appears to be slow. Look for Walleye in the evening or early morning along steep drops in Mount Tom, Saugatuck Reservoir. Squantz Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Beach Pond, Cedar Lake, West Thompson Lake, Gardner Lake, or Mashapaug Lake.

CATFISH are on the feed this time of year and fishing is good in Lower Bolton Lake, Lake Wintergreen, Silver Lake, and Community Fishing Waters.

PANFISH are consistently excellent. For some great summer time fun try shore fishing in shallow areas with a popper. Check out the "panfish" map in our new application "CT is Fishy" to find a new place to fish close to you.

TROUT, LAKES AND PONDS: Most lakes remain poor to fair. Best bets are to hit the traditional deep cold lakes like; East Twin Lake, Beach Pond, Long Pond, West Hill Pond, Crystal Lake, or Highland Lake (second bay, 25-30 feet).

TROUT, RIVERS AND STREAMS: Conditions for trout fishing remain good, especially for late August (cooler than normal water temperatures and normal or slightly below normal flow levels - see stream flow graphic on page 3). We encourage you to fish one of the many Wild Trout Management Areas. These waters harbor incredibly colorful fish year-round. Worth some time and effort. Check out the "Go Wild" map in our new application "CT is Fishy" to find a new place to fish close to you.

FARMINGTON RIVER fishing remains very good and forecast conditions should be really good this weekend following the addition of 1,400 stocked brown trout from New Hartford to Unionville (a reminder that the fishing is catch and release in this section beginning on September 1).

HOUSATONIC RIVER fishing has been very good and conditions for the weekend should be very good (depending upon how much rainfall we receive on Sunday) following recent stocking of 4,000 brown trout in the Trout Management Area (Sharon to Cornwall) and 500 brown trout into the Bull's Bridge and Tenmile River TMA (Kent).

CONNECTICUT RIVER

LARGEMOUTH BASS are very active throughout the river and in the coves. SMALLMOUTH BASS are offering some decent action in the upper river (Windsor & Enfield area). CARP are being caught in the upper and lower river on pre-baited 'swims'. Anglers are finding some chunky CATFISH by night angling in the Hartford to Middletown stretch. Try from just north of Hartford on downstream, fish the outside bends (deep holes are producing as well, try cut bait).

MARINE REPORT

ATLANTIC BONITO & LITTLE TUNNY fishing is sporadic, here today and gone tomorrow is the news. These small tunas are cruising around from Pt. Judith, Watch Hill to Pine Island (including Fishers Island Sound), and the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point and west to New Haven. Dawn is the best time to fish for these inshore tunas. Try casting metal (heavy) lures to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip.

STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good at night. Hook up with a charter boat and learn how to catch those "cow" bass. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk still producing some nice bass (50 inches – 54 pounds, Plum Gut). The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the "humps' south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is getting better as fall approaches. They are feeding heavily prior to their migration south for the fall/winter. Fishermen are reporting some very large doormat fluke being caught (12 lbs 8 ozs, central sound). Apparently, the bite is in very shallow water (6 to 25 feet). Hit those beach areas where all the bait is stacked up along the shoreline. Live lining snapper blues in deep water (80 to 100') is the preferred method by fluke sharpies in the fall. The usual summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing has been very consistent in the Sound. The sea bass have just finished spawning and are feeding heavily on crabs and small fish throughout Long Island Sound.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is good. Try Gardner's Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Very good porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore-fishing locations: Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park.

BLUEFISH fishing is very good. Large numbers of bluefish found in the lower estuaries and rivers feeding on menhaden. Eastern Sound has seen much better fishing for "alligator –sized" blues (12-18 lbs). Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. SNAPPER Bluefish fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring 6 to 10 inches in length. The DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Fort Trumbull fishing pier are two great spots to catch these feisty little fish – your local tackle shop can clue you in to other great spots. Snapper fishing is a fantastic way to introduce kids to saltwater fishing – get those kids out of the house and get a rod in their hands over the long weekend.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing continues to be steady for this "hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the Black Hall River/Lieutenant River, Housatonic River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Clinton Harbor River systems and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

WEAKFISH fishing is surprisingly good in the central and western Sound. Fish up to 26 inches are being reported in the West Haven beaches and Charles Island area. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

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