Type: Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, False Albacore, Atlantic Bonito, and even Bluefin Tuna
Season: Spring through Fall
The Long Island sound is an incredible fishery by any measure. With a wide variety of habitats, the Sound is home to most major species of gamefish found in the Northeast. The Long Island Sound is predominantly brackish which makes it a perfect nursery for baitfish and larger predatory fish alike. Angling here is seasonal, with migratory species such as Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, False Albacore, Atlantic Bonito, and even Bluefin Tuna coming and going with the change of seasons. Typically Spring and Fall produce the best fly fishing opportunities as large concentrations of migratory fish pass through to feed on the large schools of baitfish. The Long Island Sound does have resident populations of Striped Bass however, which winter over in the famous Housatonic River and which makes for superb fishing come Spring. Gator Bluefish can be consistently caught from May through November and the False Albacore Run in September and October is one of the most anticipated runs of the year. With Long Island sheltering the sound against the full force of the Atlantic, it also tends to be fairly boater friendly. Anglers can count on significantly reduced wave heights making this fishery accessible when other locations such as Montauk or Cape Cod are too hazardous. Regardless of your target species or the time of year, there is always something going on in the Sound. For anglers who embrace flexibility and capitalize on the seasonality of the Long Island Sound the fishing is nothing short of spectacular.