Saltwater fishing has slowed down. Our blackfish season has just ended. Few of the lakes in the NW corner of the state have 3 to 4 inches of ice. Panfish and smallmouth bass. One northern pike entered in the winter-long icefishing season. Atlantic salmon on the Chitucket and Naugetuck Rivers. Guys are landing fish from 2 to 20 pounds with a fly, spoon, or inline spinner. Conn River the fish have started to move into wintering locations. Northern Pike active on coves and shallow weed beds. Target the fish with a large shiner under a bobber or a large 7 to 9 inch soft plastic or Rapala. Black crappie bite very good on Conn River with slip bobbers and small shiner or casting jigheads with small shiners or soft plastics. Find the fish over structure from 6 to 20 feet deep in the coves of the river. Thames River will start to heat up with big striped bass moving up the river. Guys have been catching fish to 28 inches with small soft plastics and a ½ ounce jig head. As it gets colder, the fish will move up to Norwich Harbor where they will stay all winter.
-Terry at Connecticut Outfitters.