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January 15, 2018:
Once again, Ashley at Fisherman's World provided us with this week's report for Southwest Connecticut. She said that overall things haven't changed much since last week. Herring still remain on the slow side. With the warmer temps last week it broke up some of the ice on the upper Housy, giving guys shots at stripers from the banks. Some of the covers are frozen over and anglers have been jigging stripers thru the ice, but this should be attempted with extreme caution as the river ice can be unstable. We are still selling shiners for all the hard-water anglers. Anglers have been traveling inland for bass, pike.

Previous Reports

  • January 8, 2018 Open or Close

    Ashley at Fisherman's World didn't have any herring reports this week as the Norwalk River and Harbor, like many other local water bodies, are frozen over. In place of herring all the interest has been on ice fishing and they've been selling a load of shiners to fishermen hitting Bantam for pike. Reports from across the area have also been good for bass, perch and crappie.

  • January 1, 2018 Open or Close

    Ashley down at Fisherman's World said that despite the Arctic Blast this past week, solid reports continue to filter in from the upper Housy. Anglers fishing at night had to deal with frozen line and guides, but when they were able to fish through it they were rewarded with striped bass up to 20-plus pounds. Some salmon have been caught at the mouth of the Naugatuck. The herring bite remains slow overall, but anglers putting in their time in the Harbor are catching a few.

  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Fisherman's World Rich grabbed the horn and told me that the herring fishing had been red hot for most of December; it seemed to cool off around Christmas, but he expected it to hold on through—at least the first half of—January. These fish congregate in harbors and river mouths and are easy and fun to catch of Sabiki rigs. They make great bait and also great table fare... they also make the winter go by a little faster. "The weather will play a big factor in our other fisheries," said Rich. The Housatonic was very good through December as well and seemed to be showing no signs of slowing. January usually starts off strong and then gets tougher after the third week or so. Plenty of keeper bass have been caught so far this year with a handful over 20 pounds in the mix—nighttime is the right time for the bigger ones. Some anglers have been making runs to Block Island with some of the Rhody party boats and cashing in on the cod bite with a good shot of bonus black sea bass... (but the sea bass season closes December 31.) Ice guys are praying for cold weather and heading north in the meantime.

  • December 18, 2017 Open or Close

    Ashley Mola at Fisherman's World noted that sea herring reports were on the slower side this week. Spots to try if you'd like to get your Holiday herring include the Norwalk tidal river, Norwalk Harbor, Southport Harbor and Ash Creek in Fairfield. The striper bite remains very good over on the Housy with most fish being found above the Merritt Parkway Bridge. The catch is mostly schoolies to small keepers by day while the fishermen toughing it out by night are catching larger fish.

Fisherman's World

Fisherman's World
2 Fort Point St
Norwalk, CT 06855
phone: 203-866-1075

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