LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is generally reported as very good with lots of photos of nice sized
largemouth coming into our Facebook Page. Places to try include Lake McDonough, West Hill Pond, East
Twin Lake, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Beseck Lake, Amos Lake, Beach Pond, Highland Lake, Seymour
Reservoir #4, Crystal Lake, Mudge Pond, West Side Pond, Tyler Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Dog
Pond, Hatch Pond, Park Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, Lake Saltonstall, Bishop Swamp, Winchester Lake,
Congamond Lakes, Quinebaug Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Burr Pond, Griggs Pond, Anderson Pond,
Billings Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Aspinook Pond, Babcock Pond, Pachaug Pond, Lake Hayward,
Quonnipaug Lake, Rogers Lake and Stillwater Pond. Tournament angler report will be back next week.
SMALLMOUTH BASS. Catches reported from Candlewood Lake, Housatonic River (Upper), Naugatuck
River, Lake McDonough, Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah.
Housatonic River smallmouth fishing has been good.
Tournament angler reports will be back next week.
CARP fishing is good to very good in most locations.
Favorites include; Batterson Park Pond, West Thompson
Reservoir, Aspinook Pond, Lake Zoar, and the Connecticut
KOKANEE SALMON catches were reported from East
Twin Lake (early morning) and West Hill Pond (early night
fishing with corn, south end). Target 30-35 feet with down
riggers on beads.
NORTHERN PIKE decent bite on Bantam Lake, Lake
Lillinonah, and Pachaug Pond. Large Golden Shiners are
worth a try.
WALLEYE few reports and fishing is slow. Look for
Walleye along steep drops in Lake Saltonstall, Saugatuck
Reservoir. Squantz Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Beach Pond,
Cedar Lake, West Thompson Lake, Mount Tom Pond,
Gardner Lake, and Mashapaug Lake.
CATFISH – fishing is good in Lake Wintergreen, Silver
Lake, Black Pond (Meriden) and our Community Fishing
Waters like, Butternut Park Pond, Center Springs Pond,
Pickett’s Pond, Mirror Lake, and Freshwater Pond.
PANFISH consistently excellent. For some great
summer time fun try shore fishing in shallow areas with
a popper. Check out the “panfish” map in our new
application “CT is Fishy” to find a new place to fish close
TROUT-LAKES & PONDS – Most lakes remain poor to
fair. Best bets are to hit the traditional deep cold lakes
like; East Twin Lake, Beach Pond, Long Pond, West Hill
Pond, Crystal Lake, or Highland Lake (second bay, 25-30
TROUT- RIVERS & STREAMS. Conditions for trout fishing
remain good, especially for late August. The upcoming
forecast is for cool-dry weather. Perfect for taking a long
slow walk down your favorite stream or river. Flows are
high for this time of year (see stream flow graphic on page
4). For something different try any one of our Wild Trout
Management Areas. These waters harbor incredible
colorful fish year-round. Worth some time and effort.
Check out the “Go Wild” map in our new application “CT is
Fishy” to find a new place to fish close to you.
Farmington River – Fishing remains very good and
forecast conditions should be really good this weekend.
West Branch flows are clear, moderate and just continue
to be very fishable (currently 229 CFS at Riverton, with the
Still River steadily dropping from 63 CFS) and morning
water temperatures ranging from the mid to upper 50’s °F
below the dam to the mid 60’s °F through New Hartford.
Rock Snot is still “blooming”. Cymbella janischii is a close
relative of Didymo and has been introduced to the West
Branch Farmington River (first noticed in 2011). C.
janischii is native to the Pacific Northwest and not
naturally found on the Eastern seaboard.
Currently this type of “Rock Snot” is very abundant and should continue to grow through August. The
primary area of the river is from New Hartford upstream to Riverton. Note: Didymo is still present
primarily in the West Branch above the Still River in Riverton. To help prevent the spread to other rivers
and streams, all anglers should take extra care to clean and dry waders that have been in contact with
rock snot. We recommend having a pair just for use only in the Farmington River.
Hatches/patterns continue to be a mixed bag of a variety of patterns including Tricos (Tricorythodes
#22-24 in the morning; started in the mid-section of the river), Ephemerella needhami (#22-26, early