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April 23, 2018:
Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown said he's been hearing good reports from customers fishing for stocked trout at Highland Lake, East Twin Lake, Lakeville (Wononscopomuc) Lake, Farmington River, and Salmon River. Smaller streams are running high, but larger rivers such as the Farmington and Salmon aren't bad. Some trophy trout were caught last week including an 8-pounder from an undisclosed flowage and a 3.5-pound brookie from the Salmon River. The Connecticut River is "blown out," so pike fishing is on hold. Action should pick back up when water level recedes. Despite high flow, however, anglers are catching lots of school stripers on sandworms in the Middletown stretch. No reports from bass fishermen; but with the tournament season getting underway, Andrew should be getting plenty of bassin' news in the near future.



Previous Reports

  • April 16, 2018 Open or Close

    Chris at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown told us he hadn't had "a lot of feedback" from Opening Day anglers other than those who trout-fished the Salmon River including the TMA and did well. The biggest Opening Day trout brought into the store was a 6-pound, 1-ounce brown caught on a trolled lure at an undisclosed site. Chris also mentioned that pike fishing in the Haddam area of the Connecticut River is still very good as is school striper action in the vicinity of the Goodspeed Opera House and mouth of the Salmon River. Hamburg Cove remains loaded with yellow perch but not whites, prompting everyone to wonder where the whities went. Crappie fishing is excellent in coves along the river too. Although he did not actually hear any reports from Candlewood Lake bass anglers, Chris was sure smallmouth fishing at the big lake was "red hot" Opening Day because the weather was so nice.

  • April 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown said that now is a great time to fish Trout Management Areas. Those places are heavily stocked, and you don't have to wait until Opening Day to fish them. Many of his customers have been working TMA's on the Salmon River and Farmington River, and the trout they're seeing and catching and releasing are "beautiful" specimens. Pike action is still very good along the Connecticut River in Middletown with the Haddam area and Mattabesset River being hot spots and a fire tiger Husky Jerk (HJ14) being a hot lure. Spinnerbaits and big live and dead baits are enticing the northerns as well. Fishermen are also catching holdover school stripers on sandworms in the Middletown stretch of the river and crappies on small jigs and minnows in coves, especially White Oaks Cove. Hamburg Cove still has loads of yellow perch but only a smattering of whites.

  • April 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown let everyone know that fishermen are enjoying a decent pike bite in the Haddam section of the Connecticut River. The nicest northern he heard about measured 36 inches and was taken on a Husky Jerk (HJ14), the same lure he has recommended many times. Andy also knew that Hamburg Cove was loaded with yellow perch (along with some whities) hitting worms under a bobber and small jigs dressed with grubs. Trout at the Salmon River TMA are abundant too, but fishing for them has been tough. The area is filled with blowdowns, and the trout are relating to those fallen structures. You can see the fish, but getting a lure or bait to them without snagging is very difficult.

  • March 26, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown said that pike action in the Connecticut River is "hit or miss" with the best reports coming from the Haddam area and the Mattabesset River. Both live and dead baits are working as are Husky Jerks (HJ14), spinnerbaits, Zoom Flukes (pink), and other soft plastics such as Slug-Gos and Fin-S-Fish in vibrant colors. White perch fishing at Hamburg Cove is also underway, and trout fishing at various TMA's has been very good. (Andy fished the Salmon River TMA one evening last week and caught and released six nice trout in an hour. He used a small Husky Jerk.) Some customers have also begun springtime carp fishing in ponds and lakes, but so far that has been rather slow. All of the fishing mentioned should improve in the coming weeks. In addition, sometime around the third week of April migratory school striped bass should show in the Connecticut River. Before concluding his report, Andrew also let readers know that the second annual Northeast Carp Conference will be held April 21 at the Elks Club in Middletown. Hosted by carp-catchin' expert Ian Sorrell, the event features some of the best carp fishermen in the world in a question-and-answer format.

Fishin' Factory 3

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


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