Connecticut Striper Fishing

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Private ownership of the shoreline reduces Connecticut’s attractiveness as a shore fishing location. Indeed, nearly all the spots listed here are within the bounds of state parks. No doubt there is excellent fishing in any number of other places, but local private control prevents access through a complicated variety of ordinances, selectively enforced parking regulations, and illegally hidden rights-of-way. Thus, and this is by no means unique to Connecticut, access opportunities are better for nearby residents, who enjoy circumvention and immunity. Usually, when our sweethearts wish us luck, they’re referring to the fishing; for Connecticut they mean the parking. Having said this, I am, nevertheless, pleased to report that the public property that emerges from my research is well chosen. A more dispassionate critic would probably regard the spots I’ve listed for Connecticut as exemplars of “multiple use,” but I can’t shake the feeling that they were either chosen by a fisherman or chosen with fishing uppermost in mind. Good fishing is no small criterion for the siting of state parks in this state. Modern policies, which will influence access in the future, favor a more reasonable balance in utilization of coastal resources. Today, waterfront sites have to provide meaningful public access, and the shore-bound angler can look forward to greater access opportunities as a result. Unique to this chapter is the fact that government input was greater here than in any other state. First, Ron Rozsa, a biologist for Long Island Sound Programs and an enthusiastic shore fisherman as well as striperman, read some of the copy during its preparation and directed me to an even better source in Rod Macleod, a biologist for Connecticut Marine Fisheries. With Macleod’s input I had so many hot spots that the cuts list was nearly as long as the list of places I’ve described—not because Connecticut is superior, but because my information for this state was so complete and derived in such measure from professional sources. It’s what these guys do. Another anomaly that I bumped into, much to my delight, is that this state is awash with saltwater fly fishers. Thus, while it is not the case, the notion that Connecticut’s fly fishing is better than elsewhere emerges here, more as a result of local insistence than natural conditions. This eTrail contains 14 different surfcasting locations for striped bass including Calf Pasture Point and Town Pier, Cedar Point and Compo Beach, Penfield Reef, Saint Mary's Beach, Ash Creek, and Henry J. Moore Fishing Pier, Silver Stands State Park (Charles Island), Enfield Dam Connecticut River, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Cornfield Point, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Marine Headquarters, Sound View Beach, Niantic River, Harkness Memorial State Park, Thames River, and Bluff Point State Park.
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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Bridgeport
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Best spring through fall, depending on location
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