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INLAND

LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is reported as generally slow to fair. Places to try include Mudge Pond, West Hill Pond, Quaddick Reservoir, Highland Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Candlewood Lake (finding bigger largemouth has been tough recently, but catches include a 6.94 lb bass), Lake Lillinonah, Congamond Lakes, Bashan Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Bantam Lake, Crystal Lake, Winchester Lake, Quonnipaug Lake, Halls Pond, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Waramaug, Dog Pond, Bishop Pond and Stillwater Pond. SMALLMOUTH BASS catches are reported at Bantam Lake (on the slow side but catches include a 3.5 lb smallmouth), Colebrook Reservoir, Candlewood Lake, Squantz Pond and Highland Lake. NORTHERN PIKE catches have been reported in Bantam Lake, the upper Housatonic River and Winchester Lake. Big spoons and large bait are working.

TROUTLakes & ponds - Summer was relatively benign and some trout are being caught, try Crystal Lake (target 22-25 feet), Highland Lake, East Twin Lake, Colebrook Reservoir (40-42 feet, orange/gold), Beach Pond (30 feet) and West Hill Pond (30-35 feet down).

TROUT - Rivers & streams - Trout fishing is fair to good for early September. Conditions should be fairly good for the weekend, with a taste of fall in the forecast, but with flows generally being low in eastern CT and now also dropping some in western CT Most hatches are slowing, the time for terrestrial fly patterns is now. Streamer action usually gets better as fall approaches.

CONNECTICUT RIVER

Flows are at typical mid-September levels (so it's sufficiently low to make access to some coves/backwaters a challenge). NORTHERN PIKE catches have been reported from the lower river. LARGEMOUTH BASS are being taken in the coves. A CARP caught on a fly rod was reported this week from the lower section of the river. CATFISH action was slow this week, with mostly some smaller fish being caught (try chunk bait and live sunfish). Few SMALLMOUTH BASS were reported in the upper river area.

SALT WATER

STRIPED BASS and BLUEFISH fishing has improved with the lower reaches of the major tidal rivers bustling with action! Both adult and peanut bunker (Atlantic menhaden) are abundant in the rivers and that's where the predators can be found pushing bait. Fishing 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 (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), 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. SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is prime time and the time to go is now! Snappers can be seen plowing through schools of peanut bunker.

HICKORY SHAD fishing remains good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is still hanging in there. Deeper water 90+ feet is your best bet for a doormat. Live-lining a snapper blue will do the trick.

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