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April 23, 2018:
Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said that blackfish and flounder reports remain very slow. He hasn't heard word one about flounder, there have been a few whispers about blackfish at Millstone. The herring runs on the Connecticut River are filling in now and some bass should be on their tails pretty soon. The schoolie bite in the River has been good, sandworms being the ticket, a few better fish to about 30 inches have been taken this week. Still, the best striper action remains in the Housy and most of the hardcores are heading straight there. Don't forget to sign up for the shop's fluke and sea bass tourney, the season opener is just around the corner, May 4th!



Previous Reports

  • April 16, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said this weekend was all about trout, and most guys that went, did well. All of the local spots were good, the Salmon River was hot. The schoolie action in the Connecticut River is still very good; sandworms are the hot bait right now—but don't be afraid to be a trendsetter and throw a soft plastic jig. The pike bite has been holding strong as well. Blackfish and flounder reports have been nonexistent, a few guys have been getting bait to try but they have not been coming back with reports. Housy action is very popular, lots of fish being taken.

  • April 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the schoolie action in the Connecticut River lit up this week. The fish are mostly being taken on sandworms, but you can catch them on small soft plastics too. With the herring now in the river as well, it should only be a matter of time before we see some bigger stripers running upriver. Pike action remains very good around Haddam, spoons, jerkbaits, large soft plastics and big shiners are taking fish. Bowfin have been showing up in local catches more and more too. Out in the Sound, blackfish and flounder reports were nil for the first week of the season, water temps are still really low. Don't forget that the shop has a special opening day party every year with pulled pork sandwiches for all and extended hours—the shop will be open until 10 p.m. Friday and will reopen at 4 a.m. Saturday. Fishin' Factor 3 is open 7 days a week starting now.

  • April 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said herring have been spotted in most local runs now and the striper bite should be starting to pick up. The pike went crazy this week up around Haddam with lots of bigger fish taken, the largest reported was 38 inches. Big jerkbaits, Slug-Go's and spinnerbaits have been getting it done, bright colors are best. Large live baits are also scoring well. Hamburg Cove has been great for perch—mostly yellows, but more white ones are showing every day now. A few schoolies have mixed-in as well. The TMA's have all been stocked; if you need to get your fix get out there in the catch and release areas and catch a few before the crowds line up on Opening Day (April 14th.)

  • March 26, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the Housatonic is drawing most of the local interest, but the bite has been up and down lately. A few anglers have been out looking in the coves for white perch, Hamburg has some, but there are so many yellow perch, it's hard to catch a white one! So, maybe go for yellows instead! The March pike bite is on up around Haddam, but the results have been spotty; there have been some banner days and lots of days with no hits, it's one of those fisheries that you have hammer for the best chances at hooking up. Most of the fish are in the 20- to 24-inch bracket.

    Chapmans Pond and the Mattabesset River have been better for size. No herring have shown the local runs yet—any day now. Spring flounder and blackfish season open April 1st. Guys say the spring blackfish bite is tough, try fishing deep. New regs in the book this year; fall blackfish limit dropped to three, fluke up a fish to four at a length of 19 inches.

Fishin' Factory 3

Fishin' Factory 3
238 East Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
phone: 860-344-9139


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