LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is generally good. Areas to try include Mashapaug Lake, Colebrook Reservoir, Avery Pond, Hanover Reservoir, Hamilton Reservoir, Congamond Lakes, Lake Saltonstall, Lake McDonough, Highland Lake, Day Pond, Winchester Lake, Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake, Lake Wononskopomuc, Batterson Park Pond, Black Pond (Meriden), Lake Lillinonah, Breakneck Pond, Hanover Pond, Griggs Pond, Lake Waramaug, West Hill Pond, Park Pond, Crystal Lake (Ellington), Gardner Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Stillwater Pond, Squantz Pond, Maltby Lake 2 & 3, Wood Creek Pond, Pachaug Pond, Ball Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Silver Lake (Meriden) and Halls Pond.
SMALLMOUTH BASS are reported at Colebrook Reservoir, Lake McDonough, Highland Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar and Coventry Lake.
Warmer temperatures have been bringing river smallie fishing to life, with some action reported from the Housatonic River and Naugatuck River. Tournament angler reports are from Candlewood Lake (good fishing, lunkers include 4.11 lb and 3.68 lb fish), Highland Lake (not many in the bags) and Lake Lillinonah (slow-fair for smallmouth).
RIVERS & STREAMS
TROUT fishing conditions have been generally great for June, with adequate flows and many cool nights moderating water temperatures. Conditions for this weekend should also be good. Comfortable weather is forecast and some rain this week refreshed flows (with limited precipitation for most of the month, flows had been getting on the low side in many areas). Streams and rivers in most areas are now at typically late June levels.
Success is being had with morning nymphing and evening dry/wet/nymph presentations. The standard lure, worms, & corn/mealworm combinations are consistently producing fish as well. Virtually every river insect r is active and many are hatching right now so it's "Crazy Bug Time."
Good reports last week from the West Branch Farmington River, Farmington River (fishing very well), Housatonic River (many big fish), Mill River, Hammonasset River, Hockanum River, Salmon River TMA, Tankerhoosen River, Shetucket River, Pootatuck River, Naugatuck River (Beacon Falls area) and Eightmile River (East Haddam, Lyme).
Farmington River – Fishing has been very good and conditions should be good for the weekend. West Branch water temperatures are in the lower 50'sF and flows are clear and moderate, currently 308 cfs at Riverton with the Still River adding another 78 cfs. Visibility has been well over 48 inches. Longer leaders should be used, and a 6X tippet would be a good match for these conditions.
Housatonic River – Flows have increased due to Wednesday night's rains and are currently high (2,350 cfs at Falls village) and challenging to wade. With additional passing storms and T-storms possible Thursday evening, flows may increase further.
Recent rain has increased flows and turbidity, and the river is now above typical late June levels, but still fishable/boat-able. Top water catches of STRIPED BASS in the lower river continue with some fish in the 30 lbs size range coming to net. Multiple catches are occurring for some exciting action. Anglers in the mid to lower portion of the river were having good luck with CATFISH in the holes. CARP are being caught throughout the river with a nice one reported from the upper river. SMALLMOUTH BASS are putting on a good show in the northern part of the River. Try top water plugs and 4 inch Wacky Style worms in motor oil or chartreuse for these feisty jumpers. LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing has slowed and finding big fish got tougher.
BLACK SEA BASS fishing season opened this past Saturday with some nice humpbacks exceeding 5 lbs being reported. Sea bass can be found in LIS over areas with structure including wrecks, rocky or gravelly bottom, or sand dune-like formations.
STRIPED BASS fishing is fair to good at the usual spots: Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the Cows off Stamford. Live lining bunker is the way to go but fresh cut chunk baits on three way rigs or casting live or dead eels after dark have been effective on "cow" bass.
BLUEFISH fishing is also good at any of the major reefs or rip areas. Bluefish spots include the Race, Sluicway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, bouys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Vertical jigging with diamond jigs has been effective in deep water areas such as "The Race."
SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing was pretty slow over this past weekend. There were a lot of skates and searobins being caught along with many "throwback" sublegal size fluke. The usual fluke spots worth trying 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 to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Gardiners Bay and the Port Jefferson area (NY).