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January 22, 2018:
Josh from Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown knew safe ice covered lakes and ponds "pretty much everywhere" except on coves along the Connecticut River. The coves had been safe (and producing lots of pike into the mid- and upper-30-inch range), but recently they've been flooded, and ice has either disappeared or become dangerously thin. Asked if he had heard of any big fish being taken, Josh surprised us by saying that some very nice walleyes have been iced this winter. Unfortunately, he did know where the 'eyes have been caught. Walleye guys, he explained, are "very quiet" and won't reveal productive locations. He also mentioned big yellow perch at Candlewood Lake but cautioned that those catches were being made by anglers who knew where ice was safe and where perch could be found on the big lake. He was reluctant to recommend Candlewood because of the possibility of unsafe ice. For his February best bet Josh selected pike fishing. The second month of the year is excellent for contacting a trophy-class northern under the ice. Connecticut River coves should produce, but if you want bigger water wolves, focus "on the lakes" such as Bantam Lake, Pachaug Pond, and Mansfield Hollow Reservoir. For bait use a large, dead shiner just off bottom.



Previous Reports

  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    Word from Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown is that ice-anglers have been fishing ponds and lakes in the northwest corner of the state including Tyler Pond and Wood Creek Pond and catching the usual wintertime fare such as bass, pickerel, and perch. Numerous spots in the Middletown area are "locked up" too, but Andy didn't think ice on those waters was safe yet. Among places Andrew chose for fishing in January were the Naugatuck River Broodstock Salmon areas, both of which were stocked with broodstock Atlantic salmon November 8; the Shetucket River which received a double slug of Atlantics, one on November 9 and another on December 19; the Salmon River TMA and Farmington River TMA , both generously stocked with trout several times throughout the year; the Haddam stretch of the Connecticut River as well as coves, marshy areas, and setbacks up and down the river which produce panfish and northern pike under the ice and in open water all winter long; and the Housatonic River where schoolie stripers are a wintertime staple.

  • November 27, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew from Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown told us that the late-fall smallmouth bass bite is on at Candlewood Lake. The bronzies are on structure down twenty to thirty-five feet and striking slowly-rolled 2.8 Keitechs. While he still hadn't any reports from Connecticut River pike fishermen, Andy was confident that northerns would be hitting in the Connecticut River and tributaries now that water temperature has dropped significantly. Like many other New England anglers he's also hoping for safe ice in December. Two sites he'd recommend for early-ice action are Dog Pond and Tyler Pond, both of which usually yield loads of bass and panfish. If solid ice fails to form, boat fishermen might consider fishing for crappies in coves and marinas along the Connecticut River or pike in Connecticut River tributaries including the Mattabesset River while shore-bound anglers might want to cast a line for trout at autumn-stocked trout parks. Two that he's been hearing a lot about recently are Day Pond in Colchester and Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth.

  • November 27, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew from Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown said he hasn't heard many striper reports except some schoolie action around the mouth of the Housy. There are still some shore guys battling through the shorts for a few straggler, keeper togs, but things have been slow this week for the shore guys—but the weather hasn't been great either.

  • November 20, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew from Fishin' Factory 3 in Middletown told us that the late-fall smallmouth bass bite is on at Candlewood Lake. The bronzies are on structure down twenty to thirty-five feet and striking slowly-rolled 2.8 Keitechs. While he still hadn't any reports from Connecticut River pike fishermen, Andy was confident that northerns would be hitting in the Connecticut River and tributaries now that water temperature has dropped significantly. Like many other New England anglers he's also hoping for safe ice in December. Two sites he'd recommend for early-ice action are Dog Pond and Tyler Pond, both of which usually yield loads of bass and panfish. If solid ice fails to form, boat fishermen might consider fishing for crappies in coves and marinas along the Connecticut River or pike in Connecticut River tributaries including the Mattabesset River while shore-bound anglers might want to cast a line for trout at autumn-stocked trout parks. Two that he's been hearing a lot about recently are Day Pond in Colchester and Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth.

Fishin' Factory 3

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


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