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A WEEK OF AWAKENING

Posted By Dave Anderson, April 17, 2017
A WEEK OF AWAKENING
Whether your interests are in fresh or saltwater, the options are many this week across Connecticut. Image courtesy of Fishin Factory 3.

The Connecticut River seems to be paved with schoolies this week, and anywhere from Middletown to Old Saybrook is producing. Sea worms are catching a lot of fish, but small shad bodies on lead are also scoring. There are some bigger stripers waiting below the herring runs as well; they’re taking Red Fins at night.
I would describe the overall fishing this week as ‘in transition.’ The general consensus among most of the reporting stations this week is that the world—as it relates to fish—is waking up. Baitfish are streaming into rivers and harbors, bunker are beginning to show, herring are piling up below the runs and the first solid reports of schoolie bass, winter flounder and even some blackfish are coming from places other than the Housatonic River. We are entering that magical period when things start to happen fast. Several fisheries gain momentum all at once and the mind of the fisherman quickly snaps into a new mindset, the one that tries to figure out how many time he or she can get out over the course of a week instead of wondering if it’s even worth it. (HINT: It’s always worth it!)

Some of the best places to fish this week will be within the Niantic River/Niantic Bay system where winter founder, schoolie stripers and (maybe) some blackfish will be feeling the heat and looking to feed. The Connecticut River where school bass are all over the place and bigger bass, into the 20-pound class, are waiting below the herring runs for pods of alewives to ascend the streams. The ubiquitous Housy will churn out plenty of stripers this week and the mouth of that river will probably give up a few keeper tog. Things are starting to happen and once they start, there’s no looking back. So get your gear in order and get out there, no part of the season moves faster than the beginning.

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Paul Dinice - 241 days ago

Fishing Report April 17, 2017 Upper Housatonic – The upper river is flowing at 1,800 CFS this morning. Keep an eye on flow. As soon gets down to around 1,500 CFS you can wade most areas. Reports I’m getting that the first Hendricksons have been spotted. I love to fish this river the first time it gets to a fishable level in the Spring. I’ve always done well fishing to fish that haven’t seen a fly in a long time. Farmington River – As with most rivers the recent rain should improve fishing on this river. The reservoir finally has a decent amount of water. Water flow is high than we’ve seen in a very long time. The river is chock full of fish, hold overs and recent stockies. That being said, the reports of fish being caught have been less than stellar. This may be the result of the water temps being too cold at the moment. Also due to the increased flows. Hard to tell. With this heat spell the water should warm up and the fish should become more active. There should be a lot more insect activity too. The first Hendricksons have also been spotted. Smaller Streams – This is a great time of year to fish smaller streams in your area. They are loaded with fish. I’ve been out a bunch of times fishing the ones in my vicinity. Unfortunately, I have not been doing well fishing them. Most are flowing at higher than normal levels and the water temps are on the high side. I’ve seen a ton of “little black stones” on all the streams I’ve fished, but the trout haven’t been on them. Again, keep your eye on warmer water temps and increased insect activity. Lower Housatonic – The lower Hous is fishing extremely well right now. You don’t have to match the hatch, traditional ties of deceivers & clousers will do the trick. Migratory fish haven’t arrived in strong numbers yet but the river is full of hold over fish. Some of them are decent size fish. I landed my first keeper the other night. Unfortunately I sliced my finger open on the striper’s gill plated. A new first for me. I went home all bloody and looking like a serial killer. Best time to fish the river is on the outgoing tide.


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