September - 2011

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

The September meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit

President's Notes

Members will be electing two officers at the meeting, Vice President and Treasurer are up for election this year and President and Secretary for next year. We also need volunteers for the of Membership Chair and Newsletter positions.

I have received one note of intent from Steve Farnham to run for the office of Vice President.

If anyone is interested in running for office please advise us so we can let all the members know. If anyone has any questions about the positions I will be glad to answer them.

Glenn Lafreniere

September Fishing - Bob Gregorski

In Connecticut, September marks the beginning of the some hunting seasons, the fall trout stocking and peak saltwater fishing season for several species. On the fishing scenes, some lakes, ponds, rivers and streams will be stocked with trout or the first time since Memorial Day. Trout seekers should have good trout fishing for several weeks in the waters that have been stocked. Black bass, walleye and northern pike along with most species of fish begin to put on the feedbag in preparation for fall and winter. Autumn begins on September 23. The number of hours of daylight has decreased since June 21(the first day of summer). The sunrise and sunset on that day were 4:16 am and 7:30 pm and on September 23 they will be around 5:38 am and 5:50 pm. So the hunting and fishing opportunities for most people will continue to decrease daily until spring.

September is a great time to fish marine waters. On the saltwater scene, anglers can target: bluefish, stripers, false albacore, Atlantic bonito, porgy, fluke, black sea bass, tautog (split season) and hickory shad.

In the fall, some anglers target hickory shad for sport or to use them as bait for large stripers. I’ve caught hickories on the day that were members of several age classes; they ranged from 10” to 17” however, most were 12”-15” long and weighed 1.0 to 1.5 pounds. The Connecticut record weighed 3.25 pounds. These “mini, tarpon-like fish” hit and fight hard, breaking water many times. Anglers lose some shad due to them having tender mouths which do not hold a hook well.

Use light spin or fly tackle. Spinning line 4 or 6 pound test with willow leaf with split shot up ahead or small jig head (1/8-1/16 ounce) with plastic curly tails or bucktail jigs will catch lots of shad. Fly rodders use 5 wt. to 7 wt. outfits, 6-pound tippets and small bucktails or streamers. White and chartreuse are favorable colors. Many anglers use freshwater outfits when fishing for hickory shad. Remember to wash all fishing gear with warm soapy freshwater after each saltwater excursion.

Technique; In waters that are moving, cast directly across and let the lure or fly drift or use a slow retrieve. In quiet water, cast and retrieve fast in warm water and more slowly in colder water.

Taking youngsters fishing for hickory shad is a lot more exciting for them than fishing for snapper blues. Both species fight hard, but the shad are much larger and do aerial displays, which every one likes to see, and the larger ones will make your reel drag sing.

Locations: In the fall, schools of hickory shad have been feeding in the lower sections of the Connecticut and Mystic Rivers and in the Niantic, Lieutenant, Black Hall, West (Guilford), Back, Pawcatuck, Saugatuck, Hammonaset, Mianus and Housatonic Rivers and various bays and estuaries. In Rhode Island, they may be present in the larger salt ponds, Narrow River and areas in Narragansett Bay.

Occasionally, I have seen a pod of bunker swim by me while I was fishing the Triple S River. I’m not giving the true name of the tributary of the Connecticut River, because there is room for only four people to fish and lots of anglers frequent the spot. I have had luck catching (hooking in the mouth) bunker in the size range of 12”-15” in length. They put up a good fight. During the times when bunker were active in the Triple S River, I hooked large striped bass. These lunker bass follow the bunker from Long Island Sound, into and up the Connecticut River then into some of its tributaries. Great fishing in small tributaries.

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