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Posted By Toby Lapinski, May 18, 2020
Clayton Patles completed a 3 fish in 3 styles of fishing challenge over the weekend by landing an American shad, common carp and striped bass while fishing the North Shore of Massachusetts. (Photos by James Jewkes)
Fresh or salt, there are plenty of options on the table for you this week. Freshwater fishing in the lakes and ponds is seeing fish like crappie and bass move shallow as they prepare to spawn. Trout fishing in the waters where they’re stocked has been nothing short of fantastic, regardless of your state of residence, thanks to extensive stocking programs across the region. Spring visitors like the American shad have also been seeing high payouts for those seeking them with excellent runs reported in both the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers.
Saltwater fishing has been quite good, too, with seasons opening by the week. Striper fishing has been very good with bass to the 40-pound class hitting this week’s reports; just be sure to follow the new regulations enacted for 2020 which allow for a single fish between 28 and 35 inches only to be harvested. Bottom fishing is off and running with porgy action already hot, fluke slowly gaining steam and black sea bass beginning the fill into the catches with the season opening on the latter on May 18 in Massachusetts and May 19 in Connecticut. Be sure to stay 110% on top of your drift location, however, as the season remains closed in New York until June 23 and Rhode Island until June 24! Squid began filling into Rhody waters recently and some small fluke have been caught, but your best bet for keepers is to run over to the Montauk area or hit the deeper waters south of Block as these areas generally hold the larger fish, earlier.
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