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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.



MARY’S POND, ROCHESTER, MA

Mary's Pond is a modest-but-popular little trout fishing hotspot that is a favorite destination among many of the locals in southeast Massachusetts. Read more »

MERRIMACK RIVER MOUTH, MA

In May, the bait-rich Merrimack River is home to a number of diverse fishing environments all accessible to the shore-bound angler. From quiet marshes to open beaches, jetties and strong river currents, the Merrimack has something for everyone. Read more »

SMITHTOWN BAY

Tucked between the LIPA stack and Cranes Neck Point in Long Island Sound, Smithtown Bay comes to life once the sand eels settle into their spring ritual of burrowing into the bay’s sandy shoals. Read more »

TOWNSHEND LEDGE, CT

Townshend Ledge is a semi-pork-chop-shaped, half-mile-long reef located about 2-1/2 miles southeast of the New Haven Harbor breakwalls and about 3-1/2 miles southwest of Branford Harbor off the central Connecticut coast. Read more »

LITTLE SEBAGO LAKE

Little Sebago Lake is located within the towns of Windham and Gray in southeast Maine. A modest, pristine little sister to its larger, more famous sibling to the northwest, Read more »

MORICHES REEF

Already this season, there have been indications that we could be in for a better than average cod run. Read more »

NJ TROUT CONSERVATION AREAS

The lure of trout fishing with the advent of the winter season is no better experienced than on the select Trout Conservation Area (TCA) stretches of premium trout water that includes the Pequest, Musconetcong, South Branch of the Raritan, Toms and Pequannock rivers. Read more »

SOUTHWEST POINT, BLOCK ISLAND

If you target striped bass in the Northeast, whether from the surf or by boat, Block Island’s fabled Southwest Point should be on your radar. Read more »

WESTPORT, MA BLACKFISH

About 30 years ago I used to make the 50-mile run from Montauk to fish Buzzards Bay for scup.

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60 FOOT SLOUGH

I’d be surprised if the “60” in the 60-foot slough isn’t named that way for the amount of 60-pound plus bass that have come out of it over the years. Capt. Don Stein of Fortescue State Marina has fished the Delaware Bayshore waters for decades and notes the 60-Foot Slough as one of the top striper spots in the Delaware Bay. Read more »

MUD HOLE

No matter how old you are - age 5 to 85 - any local angler worth his salt has heard of the iconic Mud Hole. Read more »

NAPATREE POINT, RI

Napatree Point, or “The Naps” as many refer to it, is one of those perennial fall hot spots for both boat and surf fishermen alike. Read more »

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