New Fluke Regulations Approved. Striped Bass, Trout and Flounder Reports

Posted by Montauk Matt at

Fluke Regs for '2017: Size Limit: 19" Bag Limit: 3 Per Day Season: 5/17-9/21

Stocked rainbow and brown trout are now settled into the lakes. Bait fishing is finally starting to take an advantage over lures.
Wax Worms, Meal Worms, Nightcrawlers and Trout worms are all working excellent. Some anglers who still prefer to use bait are able to pick some fish on small kastmasters and spinners. Local hotspots are East lake as well as West lake of Patchogue.

Bass fishing at the local lakes is starting to heat up. I personally would bring a pail of live Shiners with me for the best odds at success.
Using weedless rigged worms and small rapala lures can be effective too. Sometimes a plain nightcrawler fished until a bobber can be all you need though. One regular customer did come in reporting that West lake bass bite was hot with the live shiners.

Rich Figlia and his son Luke picked away at Flounder up to 16 inches out on their boat in Bayshore on april 15. An outgoing tide has been the best time to go and Rich said the best bait of choice is sandworms. Heavily chumming the area has been the key thing for success

A few cold rainy days put a damper on the action with the Stripers. Locally some customers have been going to the local creeks and bridges. Most of the bass are on the smaller side with the occasional borderline keeper in the mix. The western bays and harbors of Long Island still seem to be holding some better Stripers. Fish up to 20lbs are not out of the question. Small bucktails, bass assassins, sp minnows, redfins and bombers are first choice lures. For bait, sandworms and clam are best. Bunker chunks can be useful in certain situations as well.
My prediction is that the next warm sunny day could spark a good bite. Especially in the evening.

Send your reports to:


don't forget to include, names, location and details 
(when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….)
comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

Share this post

← Older Post Newer Post →

  • big bluefish at the locale docks on bunker chunks

    bubba had fish up to 12 lbs
    granni on

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published