Striped Bass Starts •Local Fishing Updates • Fluke Opens May 4th • Porgies Opens May 1st • Freshwater Fishing Is Hot

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The locally stocked lakes continue to see a good pick at Brown Trout on all sorts of lures and baits. Common lures being used are kastmasters, blue fox spinners and phoebe lures. Bait fishermen have been using nightcrawlers and Power bait (dough) to catch fish. Local fisherman have been having excellent luck on power baits,  wax worms and nightcrawler these past couple of days.

Largemouth Bass at the lakes is picking up too. The warming water has got the bass to feed more aggressively. Using a senko worm or Berkley worm (rigged weedless) can draw some strikes too. (Region one regulations. Catch and Release only 12/1-6/14.  Artificial lures only.)

The lake of the week is Lake Ronkonkoma: Lake “ronk” is located in ronkonkama off of portion road and is our largest lake on the island . This lake provides some unique opportunities to catch species not common in most of our lakes including Waleye , white perch and small mouth bass. The catch Waleye the best way would be to fish at night using lures like senkos, rapalas and swim shads. To catch small mouth you can use the same methods that you would use for large mouth bass like crank baits and bass assassins. This lake still has all other game fish like large mouth and yellow perch. Since this lake is so large it can be difficult to fish but there is plenty of public access with a county park on the east side of the lake. There is also a town of islip boat ramp on the east side, but remember only electric motors can be used on this lake.

while we have only a few reports of Flounder or Blackfish yet, we are stocked with baits and rigs so that you can try your luck at catching these fish. Seeking warm water in the early spring season is critical to success for Flounder or Blackfish. Chumming heavily will increase your odds greatly on getting a bite going. Skimmer Clams and Sandworms would be the dominate bait for these elusive spring time fish.

April 1st marked the first day of spring blackfish season and recently reports have came in of good sized keeper fish caught on our local Wrecks near both moriches and Shinecock. The best way to catch blackfish would be a small piece of clam or crab either on a high low rig or a small blackfish jig.


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For weeks now we have been hearing about the loads of bait in our local bays and creeks. Bunker and big spearing are the two main baitfish people have been spotting. This is a excellent sign for the early season. Striped Bass season opened April 15threports of decent sized fish being caught in New Jersey, Hudson, and throughout Long Island waters., these fish will increase in the weeks to come !  However some reports of "keeper" sized fish are starting to be heard from areas out west and east on the island.

Our local Creeks and rivers tend to hold a decent population of holdover bass too. A couple of anglers have managed to hook into some of these fish while fishing the local waters and creeks. An effective early season bait for stripers is a sandworm or clam and especially bunker on a simple high-low CICLE HOOK rig . Lures for these holdovers/schoolies stripers are small bass assassins, small swim shads, swimbaits like sp minnows or Mag darters as well.


With all these bait fish around we are starting to see a good pick of fish coming from the west end bays. Places like little neck bay and Jamaica bay have been producing solid bass from 20 to 35 inches. while most are utilizing kayaks for these fish. They are trolling tubes tipped with sandworms, behind their kayak. others are fishing soft plastics on light jig head. From what fishermen are saying tube and worm is out fishing any other technic 4 to 1.

East End Striped Bass fishing continues to heat up too with many fish of all sizes beginning to move along long islands north and south shore.To catch these fish the best methods would include lures such as poppers and soft plastics.Bait is also a good option for these Fish. Baits such as clam, Sand worm and bunker are all excellent options. When fishing with bait be sure to use a circle hook The bass regulation this year will remain the same as last years limit with one fish a day between 28-31 inches.

In another few weeks, bluefish will start making an appearance.  Fluke is scheduled to open May 4th and weakfish are not far behind.  

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