RIVERS & STREAMS
Conditions should be fair to good for trout fishing this weekend. Earlier this week flows were very high due to Monday’s rains, but are dropping back to more typical spring levels (see stream flow graphic on page 4) in many areas. With mostly dry, although cool, weather forecast for the weekend, conditions will continue to improve. In some areas, anglers should keep the smaller streams and tributaries in mind as their flows will have moderated sooner (stream flows for a number of areas can be found at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/rt). Fair to good reports from the Natchaug River, Salmon River, Mill River (Hamden), Mill River (Fairfield), Hammonasset River a
nd Willimantic River last week.
Fishing was fair last week and conditions will be variable this weekend as flows should remain on the high side. West Branch flows are currently moderately high at Riverton (542 cfs) due to increased releases to lower Colebrook River Lake. The Still River is currently adding another 359cfs (but should continue to drop over the weekend). Farther downstream, the East Branch is adding another 300 cfs due to releases from Lake McDonough. Water temperatures have been somewhat chillier than typical for this time of year, in the upper 30’s to low 40’s °F.
Hatches/patterns.With the cold water temperatures, nymphing is a good option (#18-22 nymphs #18-22 are always a good go-to fly). Also try Stoneflies (#6-10), Pheasant Tails (#14-20), Black Stoneflies (#18-22), Bead Head, Midge Pupa, Brassie, Zebra Midge or Copper John patterns and streamers such as WhiteZonkers, Buggers (#4-12), Muddlers, Micky Finn, and Grey or Black Ghost will also produce well in these conditions.
Flows have dropped some but continue to be too high and challenging to comfortably fish for most anglers. Currently
flows are turbid but clearing a bit, with 2,770cfs FallsVillage and 4,080cfs at Gaylordsville. Anglers can call First Light Power Resourcesat 1-888-417-4837 or check the USGS website (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/current/?type=flow) for updated Housatonic River flow information(and also check with a local bait & tackleshop). Water temperatures are in the low40’s°F. Typical hatches/patterns formid-April would include Hendrickson(#12-14), MarchBrown(#10-12), PheasantTail (#12-18) and CopperJohn(#12-16), plus nymphs and streamers.
Rivers and streams stocking update (Note that all stocking schedules are subject to change)
Quinebaug River (Plainfield, Griswold), Moosup River, Kitt Brook, BroadBrook (Preston) ,Choate Brook, Bigelow Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Hockanum River (areas upstream and downstream of the TMA), Tankerhoosen River, Still River (Eastford), Hammonasset River (including the TMA), Yantic River (including the TMA), Indiantown Brook, Shunock Brook, Green Falls River, Hunts Brookand theScantic River (both upper and lower portions) stocked this week.
Kettletown Brook,Mill River(Hamden, including the TMA),Muddy River,Farmington River(Farmington-Tariffville), Mianus River(including the TMA),Little River(Oxford),West Branch Farmington River(the TMA from Goodwin Dam to the upper boundary of the year round catch-and-release area), upper Naugatuck River, Naugatuck River TMA and the Pequonnock River (Beardsley Park) stocked this week.
LAKES & PONDS
Good reports from East Twin Lake (a 14lb beauty for one angler, and another with a 8lb brown, 20 trout total caught), Highland Lake, West Hill Pond (30 inch brown weighed in at 12.75 lbs for one lucky young girl), Beach
Pond, Lake McDonough (justopened), Black Pond (Meriden), Crystal Lake (Ellington,7colors), Baummer Pond, Long Pond, Bigelow Pond, Mashapaug Lake, Mirror Lake (Meriden), Candlewood Lake (some good action) and Squantz Pond. Try surface trolling streamers or your favorite lures.
Lakes and ponds stocking update (Note that all stocking schedules are subject to change)
Bigelow Pond, Mashapaug Lake, Paine Pond, Walkers Reservoir, Sawmill Pond, Long Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hewitt Fly Pond, Wyassup Lake, Somersville Mill Pond and Broad Brook Mill Pond were stocked.
Ball Pond, Highland Lake, Baummer Pond, Fountain Lake, Mount Tom Pond, Black Rock Lake, Squantz Pond, Highland Lake and Hop Brook Lake were stocked.
Fishing remains generally good at the Trout Parks. The Wolfe Park (Great Hollow Pond), Southford Falls, Stratton Brook, Valley Falls Park Pond, Chatfield Hollow, Mohegan Park Pond, Black Rock (both Black Rock Pond and Branch Brook) and Kent Falls Trout Parks have been stocked this week .
COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS
A number of these lakes have been stocked this week including: Lake Wintergreen, Beaver Park Pond/Lagoon, Stanley Quarter Park Pond, Rowan’s Pond (Butternut Park Pond), Mirror Lake (Hubbard Park Pond), Birge Pond, Keney Park Pond, Center Springs Park Pond, Colony Park Pond (Abe Stone Park Pond) and Bunnells Pond (Beardsley Park).
Fishing has picked up over the last week as temperatures rose last week. Try targeting dark bottom, warmer back water coves that warm quicker. Note that with cool, cloudy weather in the forecast there won’t be much additional warming this week. Areas to try include Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Moodus Reservoir,
Mudge Pond, Highland Lake, Lake Saltonstall, Ball Pond, Hopeville Pond, Pachaug Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Lower Bolton Lake, Lake Zoar, Silver Lake and Lake Lillinonah.
Tournament angler reports are from Silver Lake (fair to good early spring fishing, with a 2.265 lb lunker), Lake Zoar (tough but some fish caught, with a 3.91lb lunker) ,Gardner Lake (fair fishing, 3.69lb lunker), Amos Lake (fair to good largemouth action, with a 4.4lb lunker), Pachaug Pond (fair action, lunker was 5.4 lbs) and Lower Bolton Lake (tough, but with a 7.1 lb lunker).
Some nice reports for smallmouths from Candlewood Lake, Highland Lake and Squantz Pond (including a 4 lb beauty caught at the handicapped fishing pier). Tournament angler reports are from Candlewood Lake (lake warmed up some for the weekend, several 29 lb bags for two-man teams reported), Pachaug Pond (a few caught, biggest was 2.75 lbs) and Gardner Lake (not much).
Walleye are being reported from Batterson Park Pond (fish over 20 inches). A few Black Crappie are reported from
Highland Lake and Park Pond. Chain Pickerel are showing up at Moodus Reservoir, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir and
High flows and turbidity has been keeping most anglers off the river. The river is still turbid and on the
high side, but beginning to drop to more comfortable levels.
Striped Bass will start being caught as the water flows come down and the temperatures go up. Reports for
American Shad, are few. Water temperatures are beginning to reach 50 °F so some shad may be seen soon. Shad darts and willow leafs work well.
Anglers planning to catch them for striper bait are reminded that the only legal method of
harvesting is angling.
MARINE FISHING REPORT
Surface water temperatures in Long Island Sound (LIS)remaininthe low 40’s.
Fishing is fair to good in the Thames River, Niantic River, Connecticut River (DEEP Marine
Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands. Anglers soaking sand or blood worms have been doing well.
Fishing is fair. Flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area, Niantic River including the bay, New Haven Harbor, lower Saugatuck River and Norwalk Harbor.
Fishing is still on the slow side due to the cold water.