Where should I fish today? Mid-may through June is a difficult
time or some of us anglers, particularly those who are retired.
The DEP stocks the most trout of the year by Memorial Day.
The American shad migration peaks in late May and lasts
to mid-June. Pike have the feedbag on while waters are relatively
cool. Resident and migrating striped bass are available
in large numbers during this period. Largemouth and smallmouth
bass are eager to grab lures. Too many choices!
In a typical week, many of us fish for riverine
trout and smallmouth bass, toss lures for pike in rivers
or lakes, troll for kokanee, cast flies and lures in marine
waters for stripers. As inland waters heat up and new saltwater
species migrations are in progress, the angling decisions
change. Should I wish for false little tuny, stripers, fluke
or bluefish ? Or, troll deep for salmonids?
Each angler has his or her fishing time preference
during the year. The availability of the species being pursued
has a lot to do with the choices made. But, with high gasoline
prices, some fishermen will choose to fish closer to home
and use their large power boats less. For some anglers,
it doesn't matter what species they want to catch, we love
to be out fishing.
Recently, I took a break from fishing and
strolled Rocky Neck Beach observing wildlife and breaking
surf. Horseshoe crabs were mating, green crabs were scurrying
about near the jetty, osprey were feeding on river herring
and gulls were picking up clams, carrying them into the
air, then dropping them on hard surfaces to break them open.
About 20 others watched the wildlife scenes while I was
there. Carpe diem!
Atlantic salmon & American Shad (As of
As of the last Diadromous Fish Report from the CT DEP Marine
Division, two Atlantic salmon passed over the Rainbow Dam
in Farmington and 22 over the Holyoke Fish Lift. A total
of 86,103 American shad have been lifted over Holyoke and
1,589 over the Greenville Dam on the Shetucket River in
Norwich. The Merrimack River reports 14 salmon back so far
to the Essex Dam Fishlift. In Maine, 124 salmon have been
trapped at Veazie and one passed at Cherryfield on the Narraguagus
River. It is still very early for Maine.