Trout waters receiving stockings; striper season opens – Long Island/NYC Report

The flounder season opened up on April 1, with Charlie at Uncle Charlie’s Bait and Tackle reporting 52-degree water temperatures in Moriches Bay – the ideal temperature to get the flounder moving. Charlie reported plenty of flounder being caught in East Moriches Bay, near the Smith Point Bridge and in The Narrows, with anglers quickly catching their two-fish limit. 

Charlie also reported blues to 38 inches caught off Cranberry Dock in Narrow Bay on mackerel and bunker chunks. Blues and bass have also been caught by anglers fishing off the rocks in Moriches Inlet. Bunker have begun to move into Moriches Bay as they work their way to the east.

The flounder fishing in Shinnecock Bay was off to a slow start, but the flounder fishing in the Great South Bay, Oyster Bay and Jamaica Bay was good, with flounder being caught at their usual haunts. Heavy clam and mussel chum is a must, with blood and sandworms worms, clams and mussels all producing. A few flounder were being caught from the South Shore docks and in the canals.

The flounder fishing from the western Sound beaches was very good.  Bunker have also moved in the western Sound. There were a fair number of stripers in the same area.

The codfishing has slowed, but there are cod still being caught off Montauk Point and on the South Shore artificial reefs and the 20 fathom line wrecks.

The ling fishing out of Jones Inlet and to the west continued to be good, with 20 ling per angler typical. A few blackfish and stripers were also caught and released with the ling.

Sean Young from Uncle Charlie’s reported that brown trout in the 15- to 19-inch range were caught in Upper Yaphank Lake on night crawlers. Largemouth bass, yellow perch and sunfish were caught in Stump Pond and in the Massapequa Reservoir. Many of the streams and lakes were stocked with brown and rainbow trout ahead of the April 1 opener. Good action was reported in Southards Pond, Carlls River and the Nissequogue River. 

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that striped bass have showed on the ocean beaches in fairly good numbers. The birds are working the bait pretty good outside Shinnecock Inlet. The striper season opened April 15. Scott also reported some bluefish around the Indian Island area. A fair amount of weakfish was reported from the commercial netters in the Shinnecock area.

Boats running out of Fire Island and Jones inlets reported a large number of stripers to 20 pounds on umbrella rigs, mackerel and bunker chunks, and on bucktails. Bluefish have been mixed in with the stripers.

Guy Zummo

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