Northeast Fishing Report 7/19/2024

Northeast Fishing Report 7/19/2024

July 18, 2024 10 min read

Hello Compleat Angler Friends! This past week we received some much-needed rain for our local rivers and streams. With that said, temperatures will most likely have not cooled enough to justify fishing for trout. If you decide to fish, check your stream temperatures in the morning, and if temperatures are below 68 degrees, you’re in the clear. Otherwise, the Farmington River has good fishable temperatures and flows now, and the fishing has been good, especially the dry fly options. During the morning hours nymphing has been the most effective before your hatches start. Another great option is Smallmouth Bass on the Housatonic River which has been fantastic. Both larger streamers and poppers are now worth bringing, and some larger Bass have been brough to hand. Other considerations are Carp and Pike fishing, which hold up strong all summer even in higher water temperatures. The Delaware River also has fishable flows and temperatures on the West Branch if you’re planning a Catskills trip. Generally, the overcast weather has been more productive for dry fly fishing, as you are more likely to see Blue Winged Olives hatching. Other considerations to bring include Sulphurs and Isonychia. On the Saltwater scene, not much has changed which is good news because Stripers are still up and crashing Sand Eels and Bunker. The wade fishing has been trickier; however, the morning hours have schoolies and small Bluefish chasing Sand Eels near the Westport and Fairfield beaches. Overall, saltwater fishing has held up and there are still options and fish to be had.

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Northeast Fishing Report 7/12/2024

Northeast Fishing Report 7/12/2024

July 11, 2024 11 min read

Hello Compleat Angler Friends! This week we have no new developments on our freshwater scene, local conditions remain hot and low. The best option for trout in our state currently is the Farmington River which still has good fishable temperatures, flows, and hatch activity. The Sulphur hatch, which has moved upriver a bit, is still impressive in the late afternoons and evenings, while the Blue Winged Olive hatches have been equally as good. Anglers are doing well on both nymphs and dry flies. The other option is the West Branch of the Delaware River, which has slightly below average flows but fishable temperatures and hatch activity. The Smallmouth bite has been fantastic on the Housatonic River, so it’s time to break out those 6 and 7wts, rigged with both streamers and poppers! On the freshwater side our wade anglers are seeing a lull in nearshore Striper activity with higher water temperatures, however some mornings are producing schoolies on Sand Eels off the beaches. Our boat anglers fishing deeper water are still seeing consistency with Stripers and Bluefish up top during the lower light hours of the day. Fish have been on a variety of bait, from Sand Eels to 4-6” Bunker. Many larger fish have started to push further East, so fishing around Rhode Island and Long Island has remained consistent.

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Northeast Fishing Report: 7/5/2024

Northeast Fishing Report: 7/5/2024

July 04, 2024 11 min read

Hello Compleat Angler Friends! Our local rivers and streams are back down to below average flows, so make sure to check your water temperatures to avoid fishing 68 degrees and above. Sticking to the morning hours is a safer bet, and in good news we are expecting rain on Saturday which will help temperatures a bit. The best option for our freshwater fisheries continues to be the Farmington, and our anglers are reporting some exceptional dry fly fishing as the Sulphur hatches continue with regularity. Now is the time to fish for alternative species on the Housatonic as flows are low and warm, and there has been some great Smallmouth Bass, Pike, and Carp fishing. Our Saltwater fishing continues to hold up in the Sound, especially in the deeper water structure. Around the Norwalk Islands water temperatures have warmed, so your best action will be during the morning hours. If you happen across fish blitzing, they will either be chasing Sand Eels or Adult Bunker on the surface. If you’re fishing by boat it helps to cover ground, as anglers are finding Stripers and Bluefish crashing on bait towards Middleground, as well on the Northshore towards Long Island.

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