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New England Fishing Forecast: Local Fishing Options

In this week’s report we have updates on trout stocking in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut; a proposed bill to eliminate the closed trout season altogether in Connecticut; word on cod in Rhode Island and more. Check it out!


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Even for non-trouters, word that the trout stocking trucks have been seen warming up is a signal of good things...

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New England Surf Fishing Reports

Connecticut Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman's World

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Tyler from Fisherman’s World in Norwalk said the surf fishing has been really good in the western Sound from Penfield out to Silver Sands. He said large soft plastics fished on light jigheads have be... More

Report by Rivers End Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

The guys from Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook said the schoolie bite is still strong at the mouth of the river, with a few keepers now and then. There was a 49-incher taken by a boat angler drifting... More

Report by Fishin’ Factory 3

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Andrew from Fishin’ Factory 3 in Middletown said he hadn’t heard much from the shore guys this week, but he said that there were still lots of small bass around the mouth of the river. He also said ... More

Report by AW Marina

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Karen over at AW Marina in New London said she didn’t hear a single shore report this week, but was quick to add that she weighed two huge blackfish this week and they both came from shallow, nearsho... More

Report by Captain Morgan's Bait and Tackle

November 16, 2020 - 09:19:31

Captain Morgan in Madison said striper action remains pretty good along the local beaches and inside area inlets. Bunker are still abundant and that seems to be keeping the local contingent of striper... More

Report by Hillyer's Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 13:22:24

“Bad” Lou from Hillyer’s Tackle in Waterford said there had been some albie catches from Harkness and Pleasure Beach this week.... More

Rhode Island Fishing Reports

Report by Watch Hill Outfitters

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Mike from Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly said most of the guys fishing the beaches are catching fish, but finding anything longer than 25 inches has been a chore. He said there are still big number... More

Report by Quonnie Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

The crew from Quonnie Bait and Tackle in Charlestown said it had been a slow week but there was a good blowup at Green Hill on Saturday with bass pushing adult bunker up onto the beach there. The repo... More

Report by Snug Harbor Marina

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Over at Snug Harbor Marina in Wakefield there were still reports coming in, almost every day, of bass popping up at Charlestown or Green Hill or along the Westerly beaches. Keepers have been a one in ... More

Report by Weekapaug Bait and Tackle

October 26, 2020 - 10:01:27

Ted over at Weekapaug Bait and Tackle in Westerly said the bass bite slowed down as the waves built coming into the weekend, there are still keepers and larger around, eels have been the best bet. Tog... More


August 17, 2020 - 10:15:24

Before he left for the weekend, Dave over at The Saltwater Edge sent me this report: “From Brenton Point all the way to New Bedford (and probably well beyond that) we're being treated to an early run... More

Cape Cod and the Islands Fishing Reports

Report by Jerry Audet

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

I checked in with Jerry Audet for his last report of 2020 and he said, “Thank you all who have followed along, and I hope you had a great season...oops, I mean, hope your season is STILL going great!... More

Report by Red Top Sporting Goods

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Over at Red Top in Buzzards Bay the Canal has still been giving up decent numbers of striped bass. It’s been mostly an East End thing with most of the fish falling into that 20- to 30-inch range, lea... More

Report by Dick's Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Doug at Dick’s Bait and Tackle on Martha’s Vineyard said the state opened up a few of the ponds on the Vineyard and the fishing, pretty much instantly, turned on. There were stripers from 12 to 30 i... More

Report by Goose Hummock Shop

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Over at The Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans most of the hardcore striper guys are fishing up in the salt ponds and estuaries now and they are doing well on schoolie bass with a few surprise keepers. On ... More

Report by Blackbeard's Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Simeon from Blackbeard’s in Eastham said there were still some school bass on the beaches—both bayside and ocean side. But things are definitely winding down. He said the shop is now open Thursday t... More

Report by Canal Bait and Tackle

November 09, 2020 - 09:59:21

The crew at Canal Bait and Tackle said the east end of the Canal has had fish all week taking soft plastic jigs. Most of the fish have been 26 inches and under, but there are some slots in the mix and... More

South Shore Massachusetts to Maine Fishing Reports

Report by Surfland Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 10:02:38

Over at Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport, Martha said the fishing shut down this week. She said there will still be a few hardcores out trying on the warmer days, but she thinks it’s pretty mu... More