To kick off the 2019 fishing season, West Lake in Patchogue received its first stocking of trout. "Nice sized" two year old brown trout also. Many anglers were lined up casting small tins and fishing night-crawlers under a float with great results. The lake will continue to receive a series of stockings over the next few months.
Zeppi, from the shop, is still doing well targeting yellow perch and pickerel at Great Patchogue Lake. For the Perch he's throwing nightcrawlers under a float and for the pickerel he's using soft plastic finess lures as well as the live shiners.
We're staring to see some resident Striped Bass become active recently. Tidal creeks have been producing a few fish on soft plastics. Some of the western bays are holding fish too. Usually look to fish on the warmer sunny days. This causes the water to warm very quickly on those back bay mud flats. I always like to fish the dropping tides way in the back. They are most productive in early spring. Sometimes slowing down retrieve speed can help with some picky fish.
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