While things seem quiet right now, plenty of opportunities exist for fishermen. You can still hop on a boat and take advantage of some winter Cod fishing in the next few months. Montauk and Captree both being excellent options.
If going on boats isn't your thing or you would rather give something else a shot, you can try fishing for white perch or trout. ( Freshwater fishing license is required.)
Most tidal creeks along the south shore have decent populations of white perch that are available throughout the winter. Carmans River, Bubble Falls are a few productive areas. Lighten up the tackle to four pound test. Using small jig heads in combination with curly tails or small pieces of nighcrawlers can be deadly when you find a school of fish.
When targeting trout you have two options. Either you can use spinning gear at the local lakes ( West Lake ) and try going for the recently stocked fall fish or hereto you can give the tidal creeks a go. This is the time of the year when some large sea run browns and rainbows come upstream and can be caught easier. My method of choice for these fish is a whole live nightcrawler fished on the bottom.
The Connetquot River State Park and Caleb Smith State Park rivers offer some great fly fishing during the winter months. (Reservations may be required. )Most of the fish caught will be stocked Rainbows from 12-16" but the occasional Brook Trout will be mixed in. Streamers are a favorite for the this time of the year. Nyphing can pay off too. Be persistent though. Sometimes the fish can be a little slow in the colder water.
Reminder: Freshwater Fishing Regulations
We have a nice show line-up in store for the offseason. The shop will have booths at Striper Day on January 20th, New York Sportfishing Federation show on February 16th and 17th and Ward Melville's fishing club show on March 2nd. Matt from the shop will be speaking at all three of these and additionally at the All Pro Show.
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