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Fishin' Factory 3

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  • January 1, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 had an extremely busy weekend selling ice fishing bait and gear as well as 2018 fishing licenses. There is some solid ice action for a variety of species to be had across the state with some large pike, bass and panfish being iced. For the winter, the shop is closed Monday – Thursday and open Friday – Sunday.

  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the cod bite has been good and should remain that way for most of the month. Herring have been showing on the cod grounds too and this has brought in some really nice fish, it has also turned on the jig bite. The Housatonic River is loaded with small stripers—a few bigger ones too—that bite usually lasts through the month, although it tends to slow down as February nears. Jigged soft plastics are the favorite for winter stripers but swimmers and darters take some decent fish after dark, especially for the shore guys.

  • December 4, 2017 Open or Close

    Blackfish season closes on December 7 in Connecticut, but the season is going out hot according to Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3. Fish up to 11-plus pounds were landed over the weekend with solid catches made in deep water. Anglers looking for stripers are finding small schoolies in the lower stretches of most of the tidal rivers and out along the surrounding shoreline in the Sound.

  • November 27, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the water temperature came down 6 degrees over the past week from 61 to 55 degrees. This seems to have chased the last of the albies out of the Sound and pushed the blackfish out another 10 feet or more. Striper reports have been very hard to come by, the only reports he's heard have come from well west of the CT River, down between the Housy and Norwalk where bass from micros to the low teens have been reported in the Sound and up inside the Housy. Blackfishing has been really good this week, but those 18- to 28-foot spots have been invaded by shorts, you have to start looking in 30 to 40 feet now. One of his trusted old timer friends that's been chasing tog for over 60 years said he had crushed some big ones in 60 feet of water this week, so don't be afraid to experiment. Some guys are still sticking it out togging from shore, but shorts rule the shallows and keepers are few and far between. There are still some cocktail blues huddling in the Millstone outflow as well.

Fishin' Factory 3

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

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