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July 15, 2024 - 10:00:14

Rich at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk heard from several customers that largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing remains very good at Saugatuck Reservoir, shiners being the preferred bait. No one reported catching any other species, but Rich reminded readers that anyone fishing the reservoir should keep an eye out and be prepared for trout chasing alewives to the surface, especially in the early morning or late evening. Also, there were no reports this week from anglers fishing local trout-stocked streams such as the Mianus River and Norwalk River. Rich explained that interest in those flowages wanes in summer.

July 15, 2024 - 10:00:10

I talked to Tyler at Fisherman’s World who told me fishing throughout the region is still very good overall. Striper fishing is keeping the majority of their customers busy and the bite is still going strong for mid-July. One difference they noted from this week to last was the arrival of bunker inshore. For the last month and a half or so the large schools of bait were glued to deep water structure. This week though those schools began to break up a bit and move toward their typical inshore areas like off of Westport, Southport, Rowayton and inside the islands. The bunker brought some big bluefish inshore with them and the topwater fishing has been good during low light periods. Live lining and chunking have been good during the day. There are some bass with the schools but not in big numbers yet. Tyler said he expects the stripers to follow the schools eventually. The best bass fishing is still in the same areas it has been all year – deep water structure around 11B and 28C. Top water fishing is good at dusk and dawn and trolling is still productive during the day. There are still large schools of bluefish mid-sound and they can often be found finning on the surface, making for fun top water and fly action. Fluke fishing is still good across the sound along the north shore. Fishing around Eaton’s Neck, Smithtown Bay and Port Jeff is good idea. Jigs and Gulp are working on both sides of the sound but the fish have shown a clear preference for bait. Customers reported doing well with squid, Peruvian smelt and especially frozen sand eels which the shop has in stock. Anglers out looking for them are reporting catching summer tog in 20 to 40-feet of water. Scup fishing is excellent and fish can now be found on just about every rock in the region. One difference from this week to last is the shore bite has lit up and anglers are reporting lights out fishing from any hard bottom they are fishing.

July 08, 2024 - 08:31:27

Rich at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk experienced a great day of fishing at Saugatuck Reservoir. In his words, it was “bass after bass—largemouths and smallmouths.” Rich and his buddy covered a lot of ground, even refishing several productive spots, and were generously rewarded for their efforts. The bass hit a variety of lures including deep-diving (eight to ten feet) Rapalas, soft plastic paddle tail baits, and a Rat-L-Traps, the latter catching the day’s best bass, a 4-pound largie. The soft plastics also accounted for some big yellow perch in the 14- and 15-inch classes. Rich did have one regret, though. He wished they had brought along shiners and night crawlers. He thought live bait would have added walleyes and trout to the day’s catch.

July 08, 2024 - 08:31:23

I talked to Tyler at Fisherman’s World said the striped bass drum keeps on beating and very good fishing continues throughout the region. There are fish of all sizes spread throughout the area although the biggest fish are mostly coming off of deep water structure. Fishing around bunker schools around areas like 11B and 28C is still the best bet for a fish of over 30 pounds. The nighttime chunk bite is still very good but if you’re fishing while the sun is up trolling with mojos and bunker spoons has been the way to go. The low light plug bite around the islands has been good for fish in the slot to 15-pound range and chunks from some of the beaches are working as well. There are a few bluefish inshore but not anything like where they are schooled up and finning on the surface mid-sound. The excellent fluke bite is still going although it seems fishing across the sound on the north shore is much better than on our side. Fishing around Eaton’s Neck, Smithtown Bay and Port Jeff is good idea. Jigs and Gulp are working on both sides of the sound but the fish have shown a clear preference for bait. Customers reported doing well with squid, Peruvian smelt and especially frozen sand eels which the shop has in stock. There are still some keeper fluke to be found in Connecticut waters and Tyler recommended fishing around the back side of the islands around cans 24 and 26. Black sea bass reopens this week (July 8) and fishing deep on wrecks should be the best bet for them. Chumming is important in keeping the fish under your boat. The porgy fishing continues to favor boaters but the warm weather means the inshore bite should get going soon to the point where any jetty or rockpile should have fish.

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