Fishing Guide


LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is reported as slow in many areas. Night fishing is still producing some fish (try black jitterbugs and surface poppers). Waters to try include Billings Lake, Gardner Lake, Tyler Lake, Burr Pond, Lake Saltonstall, Shenipsit Lake, East Twin Lake, Candlewood Lake, Congamond Lakes, Bantam Lake, Highland Lake, Black Pond (Middlefield), Hatch Pond, Wononskopomuc Lake, Beach Pond, Coventry Lake, Lake McDonough, Bishop Swamp and Dog Pond.

SMALLMOUTH BASS catches are reported at Lake McDonough, Colebrook Reservoir, Highland Lake, Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake and the upper Housatonic River.

NORTHERN PIKE are reported from Bantam Lake and Winchester Lake.

KOKANEE SALMON – some action reported from East Twin Lake.

WALLEYE are being reported from Batterson Park Pond and Lake Saltonstall.

CHAIN PICKEREL are being caught at Congamond Lakes, East Twin Lake and Wononskopomuc Lake.

CATFISH – Generally slow with few catches reported in the recently stocked areas such as Lake Wintergreen (Hamden/New Haven), Black Pond (Middlefield) and Silver Lake (Meriden).

TROUT-Lakes & Ponds - August trout anglers are finding some fair to good action for trout, with reports from Crystal Lake (Ellington), Coventry Lake, Highland Lake (second basin), Lake McDonough (south end), East Twin Lake and West Hill Pond (south end).

TROUT- Rivers & Streams - Conditions should be good for trout fishing this weekend, with cool, comfortable weather forecast and generally adequate flows. Trout fishing was generally slow last week, but fishing on the West Branch Farmington, Farmington and Housatonic rivers was good to begin this week. At this time of the year anglers are advised to include terrestrial fly patterns in their offerings.

Farmington River - Fishing has been good (once flows settled down from last week's rain) and conditions should be good for the weekend. West Branch flows are clear and moderate, currently 328 cfs at Riverton, with the Still River adding another 51 cfs. An 8' 6" 4 weight fly rod with a 12' leader and 6X tippet is recommended for this flow.


Flows are clearing and a bit higher than typical for late August but very comfortable for fishing. Some NORTHERN PIKE are being taken at the confluences of rivers & streams, in the coves and in the mains stem near Middletown and in the Haddam Meadows area. LARGEMOUTH BASS are being taken in the Hartford-Middletown area & in the coves along the lower river. SMALLMOUTH BASS are reported in the Enfield area (although action is on the slow side) area and near the mouth of the Farmington River. Sunfish and cut bait are producing some CATFISH action. Target outside bends in the river and the upstream side of deeper holes near structure.


STRIPED BASS fishing remains fair to good. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup on the reefs at dawn and dusk has been productive. 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.

BLUEFISH fishing has improved and is more consistent as it should be for this time of year. Larger bluefish weighing in the lower teens have been attacking bunker schools in the lower tidal rivers during dawn and dusk. 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 fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now about 4 to 6 inches in length.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is fair to good but you have to put your time in to land that big doormat. Live lining snapper blues is the choice method by fluke sharpies. 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.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is good to excellent on the major reefs with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish being reported!

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is still good on the major reefs. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass. Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Madison to Branford have been consistent all season.

HICKORY SHAD fishing was red hot over the weekend in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River.

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