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Connecticut Fishing Report

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Connecticut Fishing Report

Andrew, at Fishing Factory 3 in Middletown, reported that the ice fishing enthusiasts had a nice shot at some early ice before the weekend precipitation. No matter where you were located in the state, there was a good chance that you had some decent ice before Sunday, and despite that rain there is still some fish-able ice in the northern half of the state. The extended forecast doesn’t look terribly promising for the ice crew, but the next day or two should still provide a few opportunities on the hard water at some smaller ponds. Once the warm weather settles in look for the Housatonic or lower Connecticut River to provide some good schoolie action, for those trying to wet a line.

Joe, at Rivers End in Old Saybrook, reports that everyone was fired up for some early ice, but most hopes were quickly dashed by Sunday’s rain. Again, some ice can be found in the upper elevations, but most are probably better off waiting a week or two. The rain may have killed the ice but it helped the schoolie striped bass action. The rain and subsequent snow melt brought some fish back to life in the lower Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers.

Ian, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk, reports that the local herring bite has struggled to really materialize. Fish are being jigged up behind the Maritime Center and the marina docks, but if you are expecting lights out action it hasn’t been there yet. School striped bass have been the most reliable target for those trying to bend a rod. All three of the major tidal rivers in CT are producing in the usual spots, with the Housatonic having the best action, but also the most pressure. Ice came and went pretty quickly in southwest CT, but the smaller places have held a base that will likely grow well whenever the nighttime temps start to drop again.

Torrey, at Upcountry Sport-fishing in Pine Meadow in Pine Meadow, reports that results on the Farmington have been highly varied. Some have reported extremely slow days, while others have had 25-30 fish days. Flow is up to 205 cfs in the permanent catch and release area; which is higher than it has been, but still relatively low. The lower-than-usual flow has resulted in more ice, so anglers should look to warmer weather windows when the shelf ice will break up, or fish closer to the dam. Winter caddis (18-24) has been the main hatch in the mornings and early afternoons. Matching that hatch has had good results, but nymphs and slowly fished streamers have also been producing.

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Ice anglers may have been able to scratch the itch over the weekend, but we now must be patient or head north. In the meantime, cod and sea bass continue to bite off Block Island, and school bass can be found throughout both states. Hopefully you can find some tight lines over the weekend, but either way have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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