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April 23, 2018:
Joe at Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook reports that the schoolie striper bite has been pretty good in the Connecticut River of late. Sandworms have been the bait of choice as the water remains quite cool, but if you play the weather and tides right you can score some fish on small jigs as well.

Previous Reports

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    River's End said the bass fishing in the river had been pretty good all week. There were some nice bass on the adjacent beaches as well. Runoff from all this rain is going to be a factor soon, so the best thing to do it get out there and fish hard right now. There are still some albies around too for the daytime crew. Bluefish have been pretty scarce.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    River's End said that the bass dropped out of the river with the bunker last week and now the action seems to be settling outside the River. Bluefish have been practically nonexistent. Albies are still all over the place, and shore guys are cashing-in when they get the chance.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    shorts for every keeper. River's End said that a lot more schoolies have filled the lower river this week which has been great for the light tackle guys, shore and boat. Night walkers have been hitting some fish to 30 pounds on eels. The shores adjacent to the river seem to be producing best for those with access. Blackfish are shallow right now, so it's a great time to score a good one from the rock. Albies are still showing all over the place, we heard of some caught from the rocks at Watch Hill at the end of last week.

  • October 2, 2017 Open or Close

    River's End said that the best bass fishing of the season is occurring right now! The lower river and surrounding shorelines are alive with bass and the action is taking place day and night. Adult bunker schools have been the fuel for this excellent action and, if you're a surf guy, you really can't miss this. In addition to local action, there have been good reports coming in from Watch Hill and Misquamicut, lots of action and lots of bait. Bluefish have also been running thick around the mouth of the river; some of these fish are as large as 16 pounds! Saybrook Point has been good spot for big blues. Albies are around too but seem to be mostly staying out on the reefs. If you're onshore looking for them, make sure to have your smallest offerings at the ready, these fish have been finicky and keying in on tiny bait.

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

Rivers End Bait & Tackle
440 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
phone: 860-388-2283

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