More local stockings have been keeping freshwater fishing interesting. Upper Lake Yaphank, Southaven Park and Carmans River have been filled up with brown and rainbow trout. The fish have been responding well to flies such as wolley buggers, nymphs and scuds. With spinning gear, tins in gold color are working well. Baits like wax worms and nightcrawlers fished under a float are doing the trick too.
Live shiners used over at Patchogue Lake have been producing well with largemouth bass. I like fishing them under a small float around the shorelines of the lake. Right now bass fishing is strictly catch and release only. If the bass fishing is slow you can downsize your hook and put on a nightcrawler instead of Yellow Perch. They are extremely active right now.
Pablo and Paul from the shop headed over to Connetquot River State Park again this week. They reported great fishing once again. All the fish were of nice size and were happily taking all offerings. Pablo mentioned that the fish at the lower beats were coming up on drys. This can be an exciting type of fishing. The shop in Patchogue is fully stocked with all the necessary flies, rods, reels and equipment for this.
Flounder and Blackfish season in New York is officially open. No reports have come in yet. A few customers did head out in search of fish. As the temperatures warm up and more people start fishing the action will pick up. The regs on flounder this year are 2 fish per day at 12" and Blackfish is 2 fish per day at 16" The shop has all the rigs and baits needed to target these species.
The week ahead shows increasing temperatures. Fishing will be kicking right into gear soon. Come down and stock up on the essentials so you are ahead of the game. The crew down here at J&J is more than happy to help you catch fish.
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