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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - March 20th, 2015

The freshwater action was better than the saltwater fishing this report period as the small harbors, marinas and canals remained largely frozen over, keeping boats at the dock or in the driveway. Boats that did get out and headed offshore for cod, pollock and ling reported generally slow fishing east of Shinnecock Inlet. This can be largely attributed to the cold ocean water temperatures.  

The boats running out of Moriches Inlet to New York Bight reported better fishing, with cod, ling and pollock good to very good on the offshore wrecks. Most of the cod were shorts to 10-pound fish, with pool fish typically in the 12-pound class.  The best codfishing was reported out of Moriches and Fire Island inlets.  The ling averaged 3 pounds, with 5-pounders filling coolers. The best fishing was reported out of and west of Jones Inlet. Most of the pollock were short in all areas. There were no herring reports of late.

Most of the smaller lakes remained frozen over, with the larger ones ice-free at the outlets. A trip to Southards Pond and the Carlls River revealed that the melting snow has carried a lot of sediment into the pond and river, clouding the water significantly.  Once the water clears the winter trout season should be in full swing.

Anglers who have found open water in the larger lakes and in the Peconic River have done well on largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills. Small spinners, swimming plugs and trout baits have all produced good catches. Ice fishermen have reported good trout, largemouth as well as panfish fishing on the East End lakes.  

Guy Zummo 

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