BREAKING NEWS: The lakes are finally stocked! Just up the block big brown trout were placed in on April 1st. Many anglers have already reported catching several large healthy brown trout from West Lake . The days following the stocking is when these fish will be most aggressive. Several lures will work excellent in catching these fish. A few of them are Kastmasters in gold and silver, Blue Fox Lures and Thomas lures. Gold lures have been producing most. Most other colors so far. If you do not feel like throwing lures, then you can try using a nightcrawlers or small shiner under a float.
Connetquot River State Park offers 2 sessions , morning 8am-12pm , afternoon 12pm-4pm ,m. The park stocks rainbow trout , brook trout , as well have some "hold over" brown trout , however the main locations on the river that get stocked often are spots 8-16 , as well the main lake and spill way .
Pablo’s ideal set up for the park is a 5/6wt fly reel spooled with floating line , paired with a 8ft or 8’6ft 5/6wt fly rod , but if fishing the lake he will use a 9ft 5/6wt rod for a little extra distance on the lake . Flies that have been working for him have been Olive ,Purple , Black , and brown Woolly Buggers . He also has been having a lot of dry fly takes as well , using ants , beetles , grass hopper ,or butterfly pattern flies . The average fish in river generally measure around 15-18” inches; mainly the rainbows . Pablo recommends the park for any amateur fly angler that is looking to get into some action .
“It’s a Great place to learn the ropes on fly fishing” If you ever need any advice or any gear to start your fly fishing adventure, Pablo and all the employees at the shop will be more than willing to help you out with tips , tricks and even a little lesson . “Coming from a amateur fly angler like my self don’t be afraid to ask questions while at the park to other anglers , they will always give you A+ information and the more you know the more you’ll be prepared to get on your first fish on the fly rod “
Yellow Perch are keeping anglers busy over at Great Patchogue Lake . Nightcrawlers are a great bait to go with. Fish them under a small float. The southern shoreline is a good place to focus around. You can even try some of the live shiners that the shop carries for largemouth bass action.(Catch and Release Only) Fish them with a light hook under a float also for best results.
White perch are still being caught in the local tidal creeks. I like fishing nightcrawlers on a jig-head around drop offs. Outgoing tide has seen better results than the incoming. Don't be surprised if you catch a small striped bass mixed in with the perch. You can also try soft plastics on a jig-head. Jig them off the bottom with a steady retrieve. Using a kayak or small boat is best for access.
Flounder and Blackfish opened on April first. Sadly the weather has not been up to par for boats to sail through the bays to target these fish. Local fisherman are starting to gear up for a nice weekend to start targeting these species. When fishing for flounder clam chum is a must, along with mussels. chumming the waters over a muddy bay floor and sending a sandworm to the bottom is the best option to tangle with these flatbacks. Blackfish are a stronger fish found around structure and rock pails. Sandworms, Green crabs, or clam is what you'd want to have on board to have the best shot at these fish.
The forecast looks good for the next week. This should give us a good chance at having some small resident schoolies around in the next 2 weeks. Here are a few tips for going after them. First of all go light on the tackle. No need to be overkill with it. A light 7-8 foot rod paired with a balanced spinning reel filled with 15lb braid is perfect for these smaller fish. Try to use a leader of about 20lbs too. This time of the year I like to use small swimming plugs or soft plastics rigged on a jig head. Any size from 3/8oz to 3/4 oz should cover all back bay situations coming up. Normally ill be putting bass assassins on these jig heads. They seem to get a reaction from slow fish. Tiny storm shads are another option with soft plastics. They can be extremely effective when the bass are keyed in on them.
All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident Freshwater License is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00), a week ($12.00), or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.