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2009 DEP MARINE Fishing Report Number 12, 7/9/2009
2009 DEP Fishing Report Number 12, 7/9/2009

MARINE FISHING REPORT
Special notice to saltwater anglers concerning the marine waters fishing license:

Public Act 09-173, the legislation that includes a saltwater recreational fishing license requirement, was signed into law on July 1st. A marine waters fishing license is now required for fishing in the Marine District (this includes Long Island Sound and tidal rivers south of the freshwater demarcation lines as listed on page 46 of the 2009 Connecticut Anglerís Guide).

DEP Environmental Conservation Police will begin checking for licenses immediately; however, DEP recognizes it will take some time to make all of our state's saltwater anglers aware of the new license

The new licenses are available online (www.ct.gov/dep/fishing (http://www.ct.gov/dep/fishing)) and at all current vendors and DEP offices where the existing freshwater fishing and hunting licenses are sold. Please refer to the DEP website for additional information.

Water temperatures in Long Island Sound (LIS) range from the low 60ís įF in the east to near 70 įF in western LIS. Check out the following web sites for more detailed water temperatures and marine boating conditions:
http://www.mysound.uconn.edu/stationstat.html (http://www.mysound.uconn.edu/stationstat.html)
http://marine.rutgers.edu/mrs/sat_data/?nothumbs=1 (http://marine.rutgers.edu/mrs/sat_data/?nothumbs=1)
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/)
http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AN/330.html (http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AN/330.html)

Remember to check the 2009 Connecticut Anglerís Guide for tidal information (page 52) and pages 49-51 for saltwater trophy fish award information.

STRIPED BASS fishing is more consistent during low light periods from dusk to dawn, during overcast skies or under foggy conditions. Live lining bunker, eels, hickory shad, and scup, or cut chunk baits, trolling the tube and worm, and bucktailed jigs on three way rigs have been the ticket. Striper spot include the Watch Hill reefs, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Millstone Point (power plant warm water discharge), Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Bridgeport Harbor, and the Norwalk Islands.

BLUEFISH fishing is better at the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, and Plum Gut. Other chopper locations include New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Bridgeport Harbor, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area, Penfield Reef, and the Norwalk Islands.

SCUP fishing is good at any of the rock piles in LIS.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is spotty but some big doormats have been taken. Fluke spots include the Stonington area, Ram Island Reef to Groton Long Point, Niantic Bay area, Black Point, off Hatchett Point area, White Sands Beach, Connecticut River on the flood tide, Long Sand Shoal, off Hammonasset Beach State Park, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, Stratford Point to Bridgeport Harbor breakwaters and around the Norwalk Islands.

For regulation updates, please check our website www.ct.gov/dep/fishing (http://www.ct.gov/dep/fishing).
DEP WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106
www.ct.gov/dep (http://www.ct.gov/dep)
requirement and our initial focus will be on outreach and education.