Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016
With the seasonal weather returning during this report period, anglers headed offshore for cod, pollock and ling. The best fishing was reported from Fire Island Inlet east to Montauk Point and into Block Island Sound.
The average side cod and pollock were around keeper sized to 6 pounds, with pool fish between 10 and 12 pounds. Average catches ranged from a fish or two per angler on most days with up to a half dozen mix of cod and pollock when the conditions were ideal. Ling were abundant for anglers fishing the offshore wrecks. Fresh skimmer clams were the top bait, whether drifting or anchored. The Viking Fleet out of Montauk Harbor reported a few mackerel and herring caught while bottom fishing of late.
The lakes and ponds remained ice-free this report period, allowing anglers to target brown and rainbow trout. Anglers fishing Southards Pond and Argyle Lake did well using trout worms, PowerBaits and small spoons and spinners. Most of the trout caught were browns, with the larger fish in the 12- to 15-inch range, which are likely the two-year-old fish from the 2015 spring stocking. The best fishing seemed to be during midday when the water warmed a bit, and that will be the case as we head into the regular trout season.
A pleasant surprise was the excellent yellow perch fishing that developed in some of the Suffolk County ponds. Very small spinners, spoons and Twister Tails were all productive. Flyrodders did well casting small streamers.
A few white perch continued to be caught in Santapogue Creek on grass shrimp and trout worms. The best fishing occurred during high tide through the first two hours of the dropping tide.
There were no reports of herring from the docks and piers as of late.