Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – May 2nd, 2014
The freshwater fishing has been very good for all species. The primary focus has been on trout in the Carlls, Nissequogue and Carmen’s rivers. The trout are primarily stocked rainbows and brown trout, as well as a few native brook trout. Trout worms, small spinners and streamers were all producing. Many of the trout are 2-year old fish that are between 12 and 14 inches.
Carp have been cooperating at Belmont Lake and the other larger lakes on the Island and in New York City. Doughballs, corn and carp baits all have been producing. Largemouth bass have been hitting plastic baits, jigs and worms in the larger lakes as well in some of the smaller ponds. Southards Pond yielded a good mix of sunfish and largemouth bass for anglers fishing worms suspended just off the bottom under a float.
The striped bass season opened with very windy weather conditions, making fishing difficult. The water temperatures in most areas rose a few degrees, but were still below 50 degrees, which is several degrees below the larger striper’s comfort zone of the mid-50s. Once the water warms the fishing should be excellent.
The best reports came from New York Bight, where stripers in the 24-inch class were reported, with a few fish larger than that. Most of the fish were caught on bunker chunks. The dark coloration of the fish indicated that many may have been resident fish or fish migrating down the Hudson.
Small stripers, typically less than 20 inches, were caught on both shores of Long Island, with the better fishing in Jamaica Bay and in the Western Sound and at the mouth of the Nissequogue River, where some white perch were also caught. Small plastic baits, bucktails and small swimming plugs all worked well, as did sandworms fished just off the bottom. The better fishing has been later in the afternoon when the water warms a bit and during the outgoing tide.
It’s important to note that the large schools of bunker were reported in all the South Shore bays over the past several weeks, and they continue to be swimming around. Once the larger stripers find the bunker, the fishing should become excellent and continue so through June.
The slightly warmer water temperatures did improve the flounder fishing significantly, especially in Jamaica Bay and New York Bight, where good fishing was on the dark bottom areas. The fish that were caught were typically between 1.5 and 2.25 pounds; these are large flounder. The average catch was about two flounder per angler, with a few anglers catching more. Flounder were also reported in the Great South Bay and Moriches Bay, but the action was slower and not all anglers caught fish. Mussels were the top bait; bloodworms were also a good choice. As always, chumming heavily with clams and crushed mussels was the key to the best fishing. It was common for anglers to report small stripers taking the baits meant for flounder.
The cod and ling fishing remained good, but most anglers have switched over to stripers and flounder or are taking advantage of the improved freshwater fishing. The best codfishing was reported off Montauk Point and south of Moriches Inlet on the wrecks in 120 feet of water and deeper. I would expect the cod and ling fishing to remain good for the next few weeks.