Water temperatures remain in the low 50s during this second week in May. As expected, a slow week for Striped Bass activity in the sound. The Herring run is certainly in full swing but with bait far out numbering Bass, it’s not quite as easy to hook up on SP Minnow in a sea of fish food. The exception right now is the Housatonic from the mouth inland to the Derby Dam which remains hot for local fisherman. The absence of large herring schools in the river allow for plenty of opportunity to fish soft plastics with great success day and night.
Two days of rain and Easterly winds are forecast for the weekend. We are looking at this Thursday and Friday night as the best chances for success until next week. Fingers crossed the dropping in air pressure will ignite the bite over the next 48hours.
Winter Flounder are starting to chew all over Western LIS. The Fancy Fluke received confirmation on Wednesday of several fish caught around the Norwalk Islands up to 13”. Clams and Sand Worms are on the menu for these fish. With only six days left until the Fluke opener is sure take advantage of the Winter Flounder bite while you can.
Trout, Crappie and Largemouth have certainly come out in force this May. Several early spawn Bass up to 5lbs have been reported caught and safely released at the Saugatuck Reservoir. We recommend jigging soft plastics off the bottom like the Flop-It Craw crawfish or the 6trk worm when fishing from shore. Save those crankbaits and top water lures for the warm, sunny days ahead.
Weekly Recipe: Striped Bass Ceviche
1 pound of skinned Striped Bass filets, sliced into 1-inch pieces 1 cup lime juice 1/2 mango, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 red onion diced 1 medium jalapeno pepper diced 1 teaspoon crushed cumin seed 1/2 avocado diced 1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped Combine everything, except avocado and cilantro in a bowl deep enough to cover the fish. Leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours Add avocado and cilantro. Serve chilled. Courtesy of Stephanie Ortiz