Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Trout season opened up with plenty of brown and rainbow trout being caught in Belmont Lake, the Carlls River south of Southard’s Pond, and the stocked lakes in Nassau County.  Roostertails and trout magnets have been the lures of choice. Trout worms were a good choice for anglers working the pockets in the small streams throughout the area. A surprisingly large number of largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported by the anglers tossing lures for trout in the larger lakes. Some of these bass were upward of 3 pounds. 

The winter flounder season opened, with the best fishing being the traditional spots in the Great South Bay, including the flats off Heckscher State Park. All the standard baits, including bloodworms, sandworms, mussels and clams worked well. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported weighting in flounder to 1.78 pounds caught on sandworms, with plenty of chum in Dickerson’s Channel. Good flounder fishing was also reported in the western Sound on both the north and south side.

There were many areas, particularly on the East End, where despite a lot of effort, no flounder were caught.  The water temperatures remain below 40 degrees in the report area, which is still cold for peak flounder fishing. As the water temperatures rise the flounder should become more active. 

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that there were plenty of herring in Shinnecock Bay. This was a good sign for the opening of the striped bass season on April 15.  Scott also reported that cod and ling were still being caught on the deeper wrecks offshore. A few pollock were also reported. 

Guy Zummo

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