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Finding the fish is half the battle but where do you start? Let The Fisherman help narrow your search with the following hot spot reviews. Each honey hole is covered in detail to reveal the best seasons, times and tides for our most popular species. Maps, tips and insights from our expert fishing staff help pin-point the best of the action in your area so you'll be there with the right lures, bait and gear when the bite is ready to explode.



CONNECTICUT’S TROUT PARKS

Looking for a place to fish on Opening Day? Why not give one of Connecticut’s 12 Trout Parks a try? Read more »

COXES LEDGE – NORTHERN SECTION

A look at some of the fishy structure contained within the northern confines of Coxes Ledge. Read more »

COXES LEDGE – SOUTHERN SECTION

With year-round cod action and summertime addition of shark, tuna and billfish, this is a highly-productive section of Southern New England. Read more »

DOG LUMP

A certain little spot packs a big bite in South Jersey. About 14 miles on a slight southeast course out of the Great Egg Inlet sits the Dog Lump, where the nautical contour lines elicit an uncanny resemblance to an actual dog—ears, nose, body, tail and all—but all those funny looking lines tell of drastic changes in water depths that attract late summer and early fall pelagics. Read more »

ENGLAND BANKS

Legend has it that the England Banks were named as such by early skiff fishermen who launched their boats from the crashing surf; as they rowed fastidiously to the grounds roughly 2 to 3 miles offshore, the distance to get there seemed like they “were rowing to England.” Read more »

EXECUTION ROCK

This spot can play host to some very good striped bass, bluefish and blackfish action throughout the spring summer and fall Read more »

HARTS COVE, MORICHES BAY

Moriches Bay offers anglers numerous opportunities for a variety of species. You can fish the Elbow area for stripers, triggerfish and fluke. Head over to the mouth of the Forge River for flounder, blues and fluke. Fish the Narrows for big blues, stripers, fluke and flounder. Head west to the “Hole” and catch a few weakfish. There are many other spots too, but one of my favorites is Harts Cove. Since the dredging to the main channel this past year, Harts Cove seems to be even better than in years past. Read more »

HATCHETT REEF, CT

Located close to the Connecticut River, this spot hosts striped bass, bluefish, black sea bass and even false albacore at different times throughout the season. Read more »

LAKE HOPATCONG

As a kid growing up in the 1980s, no other event was looked upon with such fervor as ice fishing on Lake Hopatcong. The thrill of pulling chain pickerel and yellow perch through a hole in the ice is why the big lake continues to get my blood flowing to this day. Read more »

LOBSTER CLAW

As bluefin tuna have been summering over in Jersey’s midshore waters the past few years, an oft overlooked spot is in the limelight again - the Lobster Claw. Read more »

LOWER CONNECTICUT RIVER STRIPERS

Whether you get them coming or going, the lower stretch of the Connecticut River is a great spot to intercept that first cow striped bass of the season. Read more »

MAGNOLIA PIER

Imagine a fishing pier situated along a main waterway with the potential of producing year round. Better yet a fishing pier you can fish safely around the clock with plenty of hassle free parking. Does such a pier really exist? Why it certainly does and in fact, year after year anglers from close and far head for the Magnolia Pier to take advantage of the angling opportunity that awaits them. Read more »