April 24th - Hot Blackfish Bite

Weather is getting nice and so is the fishing! We are hearing reports of a hot blackfish bite in the western sound, with the New Haven break walls being the best. Asylum jigz with crabs are the hot rig! Along with the blackfish, the western sound is chock full of schoolies! All beaches and rivers are loaded with migratory and holdover fish. Sandworms and swimbaits in jigheads remain as the best baits to use. Winter flounder fishing is spotty, with some anglers doing well in tidal rivers with sandworms. In the freshwater scene, trout fishing is consistent, with DEEP stocking lakes and rivers everyday! The salmon river and Farmington river have been the top choice for anglers looking for better quality and size of the fish. For the spin fisherman, powerworms, rapalas and spinners are your best bet. For the fly fisherman, the fish are starting to look up, BWO, caddis, and some midge hatches lately, use those dries! Bass fishing is at its peak right now! The fish are starting to transition up with the warm temps, and they are hungry! Evan Kamoen fished a tournament on Bantam Lake on Saturday, placing 3rd place bagging his fish on jerkbaits and hairjigs. Candlewood and Lillinonoah have also been hot, with the hairjig and jerkbaits bite as well. The CT river is also heating up, with multiple anglers doing well on pike, catfish and bass. Reminder-Black Hall Outfitters is open now and will have our grand opening on May 1st with seminars from charter captains and giveaways!