Striped Bass season opens today Sunday 4/15. Fish are already being caught (and released) out west and are slowly making there way east. Most of the fish caught have been schoolies, but there have been a few keepers in the mix. Guys have been successful using swimming plugs like a Mag Dartars, Sp Minnows and redfins but using clams will also work. Early season fish require some patience, but putting in your time can be very rewarding. Try fishing the mouths of creeks and rivers as well as some warmer water in shallower areas. A couple of days of warmer weather should really "turn the fish on," so get out there and give them a shot.
On the surf fishing scene: The "surf rats" have taken trips to Manhasset bay to score with Stripers to 33." Anglers have been using the usual small plugs,Sp Minnows and redfins. Try your favorite lures or possibly a small shad lure.
We've also had reports of some Flounder being caught, Sandworms and heavy chumming with bank mussels seem to be the keys to success. Smithpoint bridge, Quogue Canal are good spring areas to try.
On the Blackfish front, fishing has started to pick up as the water temps increase. Clam seems to be the bait for this spring season. Keep in mind the spring season is a 2 fish 16" limit and closes on April 30th.
On the Freshwater side of things Trout stockings are fully underway with nightcrawlers are working. Anglers have been successful using small
gold or silver tins like a Kastmaster fished with a slow retrieve. West Lake is the place to be. Recently stock with 200 2yr old Brown trout and 500 yearlings Rainbow trout.. Swan Lake (east lake) was also loaded with 200 yearlings Brown trout and 440 yearling Rainbow trout.
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