LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is reported as good in many areas. Waters to try include Shenipsit Lake, Lake McDonough, Highland Lake, Bantam Lake, Gardner Lake, Lake Saltonstall (several 5 lb. bass caught recently), Moodus Reservoir, Candlewood Lake, Congamond Lakes, Quassapaug Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Hanover Pond, Winchester Lake, Mono Pond, Park Pond, Mashapaug Lake, Hatch Pond, Mudge Pond, Pachaug Pond, Black Pond (Woodstock), East Twin Lake, Bashan Lake, Silver Lake (Berlin/Meriden), Hopeville Pond, Ball Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, Eagleville Lake, Batterson Park Pond, Scoville Reservoir, Billings Lake, Bishop Swamp and Halls Pond. Tournament angler reports are from Amos Lake (good to very good action, nice size, with one club averaging 3 lbs per fish, 5.12 lb., 5.0 lb. and 3.72 lb. lunkers), Billings Lake (OK action, but "no big weights), Pachaug Pond (fair to good action, with a 4.66 lb. lunker but not much else for size), Pattagansett Lake (fair fishing, with a 4.69 lb. lunker), Quaddick Lake (fair action, with "good quality" fish, averaging over 2 lbs apiece for 62 fish, 4.7 lb. lunker), Lower Bolton lake (fair to good fishing), Candlewood Lake (night- fair action, with several 4 lb. plus lunkers), Lake Zoar (fair- with a 3.05 lunker), Lake Zoar (fair fishing, 4.07 lunker) and Wononskopomuc Lake (fair to good fishing, with a 3.11 lb. lunker).

SMALLMOUTH BASS are providing some action in a number of areas: Places to try include Highland Lake, Candlewood Lake, Crystal Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Lake Zoar, Lake McDonough, Housatonic River (upper, just starting, and hampered by high flows and turbidity), Colebrook Reservoir (vertical jigging) and Coventry Lake. Tournament angler reports are from Candlewood Lake (some nice night smallie action, with some fish in the 3-4 lb. range and Lake Zoar (fair, including a 3 lb. lunker).

Good reports last week on TROUT from the West Branch Farmington River, Farmington River (rated excellent), Housatonic River (rated very good before flows jumped up last weekend), Mill River (Fairfield), Salmon River TMA, Naugatuck River, Pootatuck River, Saugatuck River, Eightmile River (East Haddam, Lyme) and Blackberry River. Many of our lakes are still producing good fishing, place try include Lake McDonough (7-8 colors), East Twin Lake, Highland Lake, Crystal Lake (target 20-30 feet), Mashapaug Lake (riggers set at 20-25 feet), West Hill Pond (target 25-30 feet), Coventry Lake (20-25 feet), Black Pond (Woodstock) and Beach Pond (4 colors).

Connecticut River

NORTHERN PIKE are being reported in the upper river area. LARGEMOUTH BASS are being found in the mid portions of the river. Fair fishing at best for several tournaments, with 4.7 lb. and 48 lb. lunkers. SMALLMOUTH BASS fishing was fair to good in the Windsor Locks/Enfield area. CATFISH up to 24 inches were caught in the Hartford area last week. NORTHERN PIKE to 30 inches also were caught in the Middletown-Haddam section of the river.


STRIPED BASS fishing picked up over the week with some "cow" stripers being caught by anglers using live bunker. The usual striper spots include the 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. BLUEFISH fishing is fair to good. Early morning and evening times are best especially for some top-water fishing action. 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. SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing remains fair to good. ... SCUP (porgy) fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout Long Island Sound.

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